If you are a first-time visitor to Siem Reap in Cambodia, then all you will be advised is to visit the beautiful temples there. The temples are world famous there but there are many other places and adventures that you have to keep in mind. Below are the top tips for you to make your experience the best in Siem Reap.
1. Hire a Guide
When you visit a city for the first time, you are not aware of the places and people and you might miss really enjoyable and unique places and adventures for which you will regret later. It will be fruitful if you hire a really good guide for your trip who will take you to unique and hidden places and show you the culture, history, and beauty of Siem Reap. You can even hire a guide for 2 days and gain as much information as you can from him.
2. The Food
Siem Reap is famous for its excellent local food and for the different cuisines from around the world. Go for local cuisines and food which you will get cheap and you will also get to know the local taste. Try from different street side food vendors and authentic Cambodian restaurants.
3. Visit Less Temples But Visit Thoroughly
While Siem Reap is known for its world-famous temples, but there is No need to visit each and every temple as all will be mostly the same. You can visit the famous big ones like the Angkor Wat and then search for other enjoyable activities and places.
4. Best Season To Visit
It is best to go to Siem Reap in the dry season which is from November to April. The weather is cooler and best for outside activities in the daytime and nighttime both. In other months it is the wet season, which is very rainy and hence you will not be able to go outside often. Light and airy clothes are suitable in both seasons.
5. Be Decent in Your Clothing
Siem Reap is a conservative city so it is not advisable to wear revealing clothes. Also, you should dress appropriately while visiting temples and take off your shoes when you enter.
6. Dollars Work
The currency of Siem Reap is Rial, but you can carry dollars as many transactions are in Dollars. For under Dollar one carry Rials. You should keep one Dollar bills handy as a lot of stuff is of 1 Dollar.
You should use a tuk-tuk for your way around the city and can also hire it for a full day at a cheap rate. A taxi will be quite expensive and you should only use it for the airport. Also, if you want to explore the lifestyle of the local Cambodians, then renting a bike is a great way to explore different areas and centers and visiting the unexplored spots.
8. Research Before Visiting
Research on the internet beforehand to see the list of activities in the coming months such as on a Thursday and Saturday, you can see a free concert by Dr. Beat Richtner at a children’s hospital.
9. Go Local
It is better to shop from the local markets than from big shops as you will get Cambodian local handicrafts at very cheap rates and you can help the locals this way as well.
If planning ahead isn’t your thing, don’t stress. We prefer to wing it too, and Cambodia suited us just fine. Although we recommend you read up on Cambodia and learn a few key phrases before you arrive as it’ll make life a lot easier.
Read more information about Siem Reap here: https://localtrip.net/2018/10/30/8-unusual-things-to-do-in-siem-reap/