Welcome travelers to the Kingdom of Wonder. On behalf of the entire Siem Reap Shuttle Team, we would like to say thank you for visiting our tropical Southeast Asian country. We’re guessing that a significant part of your trip will be dedicated to Siem Reap, aka Temple Town, for its ancient Khmer temples. This area, once the heart of the Khmer Empire, attracts millions of tourists annually from all around the world! One thing we want you to know is that there’s much more to Siem Reap than Angkor Wat. After landing in the birthplace of our people, our land, and our culture let us guide you towards the best things to do in Siem Reap.
Click the links below to easily jump through our things to do in Siem Reap page:
- Discover Ancient Temples
- Countryside Excursions
- Water Activities
- Get a Deeper Understanding of the Culture
- Watch Live Traditional Performances
Places to Explore and other Adventurous Activities
Visiting Angkor Wat is, of course, one of the things you have to do when visiting Siem Reap, so it made our list. But, there are many hidden places to explore and once in a lifetime adventures to be had! Between discovering ancient temples, getting out on the water, and heading into the countryside, there are many exciting things to do in Siem Reap.
Discover Ancient Temples
With hundreds of ancient temples scattered across the landscape, there’s plenty to explore. If you ever find yourself thinking about what things to do in Siem Reap, head out on an adventure to find remote hidden temples in the countryside!
1. Explore Angkor
We have four different ways for you to explore Angkor. Go solo or in a small group on our Private Tour. Want to join a group of fun, like-minded travelers from around the world? Explore together on our shared tours.
Now, onto the hard decisions. What do you want complimenting your Angkor experience, Sunrise or Sunset? The Sunrise tours start early, around 5:00 am, to see the sun rising over Angkor Wat and finish around midday. The Sunset tours start at 8:30 am and end after a colorful sunset on Phnom Bakheng.
Head out to the countryside to discover some highly-intricate and beautiful temples. You’ll be visiting:
- Pre Rup
- Banteay Srei
- East Mebon
- Ta Som
- Preah Khan
Get ready for a long drive out to Koh Ker, the abandoned temple in the jungle. You’ll make a stop along the way to check out the overgrown Beng Mealea temple. Did you know that Koh Ker was originally designed after Angkor Wat and was expected to become the next seat of the Khmer Empire?
Want to escape the city and the tourist traps? Spend the day in the Cambodian countryside, far away from the hordes of travelers. Enjoy the fresh air, relaxing open views across the landscape, and a lot of cows!
Hit the trails and discover the ‘Real Cambodia’! Drive out of town on Siem Reap’s bumpy, dirt roads to find rural villages and pagodas, rice fields, stilted homes and schools, and more! Discover what lies off the beaten track and don’t leave Siem Reap till you do!
Is walking around Angkor not enough for you? Or are you seeking to capture some of the best photos and videos possible? Climb aboard your helicopter at Siem Reap Airport to get a birds-eye view of the city, Angkor Wat, and other surrounding temples, mountains, and holy sites!
Who doesn’t love getting wet? Siem Reap has hundreds of pools (may have to pay a few dollars) for you to relax in. However, if you’re feeling adventurous and are looking for better things to do in Siem Reap than sitting in a pool, join us on a boating excursion on the Tonle Sap or go for a swim under a waterfall!
Drive out to Phnom Kulen, a lush green mountain jam-packed with things to do. You can go for a dip in the waterfall, walk alongside the River of a Thousand Lingas, get traditional Buddhist blessings, discover the world-famous Reclining Buddha, and more!
Our guides will take you to visit some nearby areas before you hit the water and boat the Tonle Sap. Find out how the Khmer people have courageously adapted to some of the most unimaginable conditions, all with a big smile on their faces. Depending on the time of year, you may also get to navigate through the flooded forest!
Cultural Activities and Traditional Performances
We hope that you’ve set aside plenty of time during your trip to discover Cambodia’s culture. It remains a very traditional country, filled with unique stories, arts, and plenty to learn. Some recent tragedies almost destroyed what made Khmer people, Khmer, but they are resilient. Now, they are breathing life back into their cuisine, arts, and culture.
Get a Deeper Understanding of the Culture
The best way to learn something is to practice it. So don’t just read books about our culture, go out and experience it first hand. We guarantee that by interacting with locals, checking out ancient Khmer relics, and sharing food and drinks, you’ll learn fast and have a lot of fun along the way!
Are you a wannabe photographer or a master with a camera? No matter your skill level, head out with the professional photographers at Angkor Travel Photography to capture the beauty of Khmer temples and pagodas, the countryside and the markets, and the smiling locals!
It’s way too easy to lose track of time and spend the whole day at the Cambodian Cultural Village. Learn about Khmer history and culture, watch live performances, browse museums, and sample the local cuisine!
Browse the Angkor National Museum to find some of the oldest Cambodian relics and artifacts. The museum focuses on the Golden Days of the Khmer Empire and tells the story of how the Kingdom became what it is today.
Watch Live Traditional Performances
Another way to experience and learn more about our culture is through storytelling. From ancient Khmer settings to modern day accounts in our capital city, watch our unique tales come to life!
A must-visit while in Siem Reap, Phare the Cambodian Circus will blow you away with their emotional Khmer stories told through daring feats of strength and acrobatics. You’ve never seen a circus like this.
Show up at Koulen Restaurant around 7:00 pm and enjoy a lovely international buffet while watching stories of ancient mythical creatures and gods of the Khmer Empire come to life!
Dive into Cambodia’s unique and diverse culture with a visit to Por Cuisine. Treat your palate to an array of flavors from both the East and the West while watching ancient Khmer tales come to life!
Sit back, relax, and take a look at life in Cambodia during the 10th Century! Smile of Angkor is one of Siem Reap’s oldest live performances showing life inside Angkor Wat during the reign of King Suryavarman II.
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