If you are a tourist and love exploring new countries then Siem Reap should definitely be on your bucket list. Packed with rich cultural heritage, history, and religion, along with exotic nature and views of the beautiful countryside and a nightlife to remember, Siem Reap is the place for you. Below are presented the top 8 things you can do in Siem Reap.
1. Visit Angkor Wat
This is the world’s largest Hinduism religion monument that surfaced in the 12th century. It was the home to many Hindu temples which were made and constructed in beautifully detailed features. However, the Khmers accepted Buddhism and this was taken by the Buddhists and again emerged in the 19th century. The monuments and temples are beautiful structures and you can visit these temples and be mesmerized by the exquisite artwork, carving and structures. If your religion allows you can also pray inside the temples. Hiring a local guide will be a good idea.
2. Visit the Night Market
If you are in for affordable shopping then visit the night market besides the pub street which becomes active at 6 pm. You will get the replica of almost all the brands which is a real steal. You can explore all the vendors, do some shopping, and eat some local Cambodian food to enjoy the real taste of Siem Reap.
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3. Visit the Local Market
If you are interested in knowing the daily life of a Cambodian then you should visit the local market. You will see a lot of women vendors selling local grocery items, fish, meat and vegetables. You can take lots of pictures.
4. Visit a Floating Village
Another attraction is a floating village. There are many families living in small houses in the middle of the Tonle Sap Lake and you will be awed by their lifestyle, their harmony, and peace in living between the waters. The most accessible and easy to reach in the Kampong Khleang village.
5. Get a Massage
There are so many spas in Siem Reap and all of them are good and affordable. You can get the best massage of around 30 minutes to 1 hour with all the natural oils and loosen your stiff and aching body. You can also get a fish pedicure or a normal manicure and pedicure as well.
6. Visit the Angkor National Museum
You can visit the famous national museum and get to know the history and civilizations of the Khmers and their lifestyle in the Hinduism period and the Buddhism period. You will be mesmerized by the archeological and ancient structures and statues.
7. See the Phare Circus show
Get yourself entertained by Phare, which is a group of professionally trained performers and artists who do the circus. You will love each and every minute of the show and the performances and folk tales.
8. Go Horse-Riding or Quad Biking
If you want to relax and interact with nature and the lush countryside then you can rent a horse and go horse riding or even go quad biking.
9. Fly on a Hot Air Balloon
Flying on a hot air balloon is one of the most exciting things to do. Trust us on this one. Excitement level and the picturesque beauty of the Angkor complex reaches its peak if you fly during sunrise or sunset.
10. Floating Villages Outside Siem reap
They are not technically in the city, but who cares if they give you a real look at traditional fishermen’s daily routines.Note: Don’t forget your camera wherever you go!
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