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Things To Do In Siem Reap, Cambodia, Besides Visiting The Temples - Updated 2020

things to do in siem reap besides temples

Siem Reap is located in north-western Cambodia and is known as being the gateway to the amazing ruins of Angkor. This vast complex of stone buildings was the seat of the Khmer kingdom between the 9th and 15th centuries, and it includes the main temple, Angkor Wat. Meanwhile, the Bayon Temple at Angkor Thom features giant, smiling faces carved into its facade. The Ta Prohm Temple is also of interest to visit, with its ruins overgrown by trees. However, while the resort city is known for these fascinating buildings, there are many more things to do in Siem Reap, Cambodia besides visiting the temples. Scroll below to view our top picks.

1. Take a sunrise trip over Angkor Wat on a hot air balloon (from USD 14.0)

things to do in siem reap besides temples | take a sunrise trip over angkor wat on a hot air balloon

View Angkor Wat from a different perspective as you ride a hot air balloon at sunrise. Enjoy the rest of your day exploring the area and learning about the fascinating monuments from a professional guide. This tour takes a maximum of 10 persons, and temple entrance fees are additional costs. Meals and drinks are not included in the tour package.

Angkor Wat Full-Day Sunrise Tour

Duration: 8 hour

959 reviews

2. Make your own pot souvenirs at Khmer Ceramics (from USD 25.0)

Khmer Ceramics are the specialists in handmade ceramics in Siem Reap. On this fun tour, you will learn how to create your own Khmer pot. You will make your own Angkorian bowl. Add your own finishing touches and decide which piece to hand to the professionals for firing and glazing. You can then collect the finished item the next day. Hotel pick-up and drop-off are available in the package.

Khmer Ceramics Pottery Class

Duration: 1 Hrs 45 Min Duration

207 reviews

3. Make a medieval Khmer knife to take home (from USD 31.0)

Visit a traditional blacksmith’s shop in Siem Reap and learn the ancient Khmer craft of making blades. Angkor Wat was the center of power in the Indochina region in the past, and there was always a booming industry for blacksmiths, especially with the endless wars. But there was also a need to make tools for crafting the amazing sculptures and carvings in the halls of Angkor. This unique hands-on workshop will teach you the age-old process of melting the metal and hammering it over a charcoal fire. You will then craft your own, unique medieval knife as a souvenir to take home. There is a choice of the morning or afternoon class.

Medieval Knife Making at a local Blacksmith's workshop

Duration: 90 to 120 minutes

4. Explore the Floating Village and Tonle Lake on a boat trip (from USD 33.0)

Located 10 mi (15 km) from Siem Reap, the Floating Village is the perfect place to visit while enjoying a boat ride on Tonle Lake. You will be accompanied by your English-speaking tour guide. While on the boat, enjoy the views of the rice paddies and lotus fields, visit the crocodile and fish farm, and learn about the trades in the Floating Market. You will also get a chance to buy some souvenirs to take home.

Half-Day Tour of Floating Village and Tonle Sap Lake by Boat

Duration: 4 hours

10 reviews

5. Go on a night Siem Reap street food tour (from USD 40.0)

Siem Reap is the home of one of the world’s most ancient cuisines, and Khmer food is an important feature of the Cambodia experience. The street food in Siem Reap is influenced by dishes from Thailand, Vietnam, China, and France. There is an amazing array of different flavors that have become unique to the Cambodian taste. A knowledgeable guide will tour with you through the markets and alleyways as you taste test local street foods. The last stop is Pub Street of Siem Reap where you will enjoy a couple of beer servings.

Siem Reap Street Food by Night

Duration: 3 Hrs Duration

17 reviews

6. Enjoy Sombai cocktail class and liqueur tasting in Siem Reap (from USD 25.0)

Learn how to make your own cocktails using a blend of delicious local liqueurs made from mango, coconut, banana, ginger, chili, or galangal. Learn how the liqueurs are made, then taste-test the results. Enjoy the drinks with banana chips, taro chips, flavored peanuts, and cashew nuts. Top off the experience by shopping around for the liqueur and alcoholic jam souvenirs.

Siem Reap Sombai Cocktail Class with Liqueur Tasting, Shopping

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

5 reviews

7. Experience a traditional dance and dinner (from USD 61.0)

Witness a live performance of the Apsara, a classical Cambodian dance, and part of the Khmer identity. The dance was banned during the Khmer Rouge regime of Pol Pot but has now come back. In Buddhist and Hindu mythology, an Apsara is a female spirit and all the dances are elegant. Performers wear traditional costumes. The movements of their hands and feet tell a story of their history and also relates to the cycle of nature. After enjoying the show in a unique wooden theater, head off for a traditional Khmer dinner.

Siem Reap Aspara Dance and Dinner

Duration: 4 hours

8. Explore Siem Reap's countryside on a bicycle (from USD 109.0)

Enjoy cycling in the rural areas outside of Siem Reap. Head out from the busy city to the quiet dirt roads. Ride alongside the river, passing farmlands and rice fields along a 25-mi (40-km) route. Stop off at local villages along the way to join in daily activities and visit an ancient pagoda. Enjoy light refreshments, as well as a lunch consisting of Cambodian dishes, before heading back to the city.

Siem Reap Countryside Bike Tour with Village Visits & Lunch

Duration: 9 hours

9. Taste local food at Siem Reap Night Market (from USD 45.0)

Have fun exploring Siem Reap’s night markets, trying out genuine Cambodian BBQ and delicious spring rolls. Or, be more adventurous and try barbequed snails and other insect dishes. Along the way, learn about the typical Cambodian flavoring and cooking techniques. Then, follow up with a nightcap at Sombai Siem Reap Liquor House.

Siem Reap Evening Food Tour

Duration: 5 hours

3 reviews

10. Gaze at the Angkor Wat at sunrise or sunset (from USD 50.0)

Visit the UNESCO-listed Angkor Wat at sunrise or sunset, when the temperatures are a bit cooler and there are fewer crowds. Plus, of course, the colors in the sky make an amazing scene during those hours. A guide will take you to the main structures in the Angkor Archaeological Park at dawn, or you can head there in the evening after a perfect day of exploring Siem Reap. What a wonderful ending or beginning to an exciting day in Siem Reap, right?

Angkor Wat Sunrise and Angkor Thom Sunset Tour

Duration: 9 to 10 hours

1 review

Take in the splendors of Siem Reap in Cambodia

Explore all the history, tastes, and magic the city has to offer by exploring the more things to do in Siem Reap, Cambodia besides visiting the temples. Try the activities on this list! We hope you enjoy your visit!

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Anne Sewell was born in England, but has spent most of her life in Africa - Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa - and now resides on the beautiful Costa del Sol in southern Spain. She loves writing...Read more

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