Five Amazing Things to Do in Siem Reap
A lot of travelers visit Cambodia to witness the grandeur of the Angkor Wat of which gateway in Siem Reap. However, there is actually more to this gateway than the temples they lead to. Every year, thousands of tourist pass through this gateway which makes it Cambodia’s fastest growing place beyond the capital city’s territory. If you are looking to visit Cambodia for Angkor Wat, book one of the many Siem Reap luxury hotels and resorts by Secret Retreats. Once you get settled, it is time to do many great things such as:
Explore the Angkor Temples
A lot of tourists come to Cambodia mainly for Angkor Wat where you can see scores of temples. This destination is about four miles north of Siem Reap. Angkor Wat has an overwhelming scale. Although you can check out the highlights of this destination in one go, you can purchase more passes to explore the temples in small details.
Visit the Land Mine Museum
Decades of conflict left behind millions of landmines and objects that have never exploded. These dangerous artifacts are found and preserved in the Cambodia Land Mine Museum. It was founded by a former child soldier who saw how the war-torn past of Siem Reap took his parents away from him. There is an entrance fee to the museum. The funds are used for supporting a relief center and school associated with the museum. Visitors can enter the museum on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9 in the morning to 3 in the afternoon.
Discover the Authenticity of the Kampong Phluk Village
Kampong Phluk is around 13 miles from Siem Reap. This fishing village is built on stilts in the swamps around Cambodia’s biggest lake called Tonle Sap Lake. The village has been able to maintain its authenticity because only a few tourists visit here. But, for those looking to an ordinary Khmer life that is free of the influence of heavy tourism, this place is not a disappointment.
Go to the Old Market for Some Souvenirs
This market is where locals and tourists share their interest in shopping. This is where tourists can get souvenirs such as silverworks, jewelry, brass sculptures, T-shirts, art and more. The market has an entire arcade designated for pearls, silver, and gold.
Drink Beer with the Locals
After dark, visitors can have a good drink at some of Siem Reap’s neon-lit bars. The graffiti-covered Angkor Wat is a great start. This bar showcases amazing energy as well as affordable drinks and foods which make it a great mainstay for newcomers and long-timers.