Top 7 Things to do and Attractions in Siem Reap Cambodia!

When you think about Siem Reap in Cambodia, what do you think of? Temples, temples and more temples? To help you avoid the “Temple Fatigue”, here are the top 7 things to do and attractions in Siem Reap Cambodia!

Top 7 Things to do and Attractions in Siem Reap Cambodia

1. Tuk Tuk Ride

 Tuk Tuk Ride Siem Reap Cambodia
Tuk Tuk Ride Siem Reap Cambodia
Tuk Tuk Ride Siem Reap
Tuk Tuk Ride Siem Reap
 Tuk Tuk Ride Siem Reap Cambodia
Tuk Tuk Ride Siem Reap Cambodia

When visiting Siem Reap, remember to try the Tuk Tuk rides! That’s when you can really feel the wind in your hair and the people in the streets! A ride costs approximately USD$5 for a return trip from your hotel to the city and USD$15-$20 for a full day (especially needed for your visit to the Ankor Temple Complex).

2. Ankor Complex

Ankor Wat Temple

Tom stealing at kiss at Angkor Wat
Tom stealing at kiss at Angkor Wat
2bearbear at Ankor Wat Siem Reap
2bearbear at Ankor Wat Siem Reap
Ankor Wat Temple Siem Reap Cambodia
Ankor Wat Temple Siem Reap Cambodia

Bayon Temple

Bayon Temple Siem Reap Cambodia
Bayon Temple Siem Reap Cambodia
Elephant Rides at Bayon Temple
Elephant Rides at Bayon Temple
2bearbear @ Bayon Temple Siem Reap Cambodia
2bearbear @ Bayon Temple Siem Reap Cambodia

Ankor Thom Temple (aka Tomb Raider Angelina Jolie Temple)

Kate trying an Angelina Jolie kick at Angkor Thom Temple
Kate trying an Angelina Jolie kick at Angkor Thom Temple
Angkor Thom spot featured in Tomb Raider with Angelina Jolie
Angkor Thom spot featured in Tomb Raider with Angelina Jolie
Ruins of Angkor Thom Temple Siem Reap Cambodia
2bearbear @ Bayon Temple Siem Reap Cambodia

To help you avoid “Temple Fatigue” at the Angkor Complex, you can limit your visit to only

i. Angkor Wat. Because it is the most beautiful temple structure within the complex.
ii. Bayon. Because of the many smiling faces and photo opportunity with actors in traditional costumes.
iii. Angkor Thom. Because Angelina Jolie shot Tomb Raider there.

After a while, all other temples will look more or less the same. Remember to hire a tuk tuk for a day to ease your transfers from temple to temple. Please do not attempt to walk…

3. Pub Street Siem Reap

Fresh catch at Pub Street
Fresh catch at Pub Street
Alleys around Pub Street
Alleys around Pub Street
Pub Street Siem Reap Cambodia @ Night
Pub Street Siem Reap Cambodia @ Night

After a day out at the Ankor Complex, Pub Street is a great venue to chill out. If you’re having your dinner there, many restaurants offer beers on tap for a mere USD$1! There are also many venues with live music, performances and clubs till the wee hours of the morning.

4. Siem Reap Old Market

Siem Reap Old Market
Siem Reap Old Market
Inside Siem Reap Old Market
Inside Siem Reap Old Market
Wet market area of Siem Reap Old Market
Wet market area of Siem Reap Old Market

Siem Reap Old Market offers tourists an opportunity to shop for souvenirs such as t-shirts, magnets and display items – much akin to Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City and Bogyoke Market in Yangon. Of course, it is also very much a market for the locals. You can buy shoes, textiles, get a manicure/pedicure, visit the hair salon and buy fruits and vegetables from the wet market before going back. North Face jackets go for 70USD here (20USD cheaper than that at pub street)!

5. Angkor Night Market

Angkor Night Market Siem Reap
Angkor Night Market Siem Reap
Cheap massage and pedicure/manicure at Angkor Night Market
Cheap massage and pedicure/manicure at Angkor Night Market
Angkor Night Market shops open from 5pm onwards
Angkor Night Market shops open from 5pm onwards

The Angkor Night Market is a cleaner (night) version of the Old Market. Because of its al fresco concept, the air quality is also better than that at the Old Market. Definitely a nice place to shop, chill and spend the evening at.

Tip: Prices are the cheapest at the Temple Complex, followed by the Night Market, followed by Pub Street. Hence, try not to do your souvenir shopping at Pub Street.

6. Movies @ Angkor Cinema

Angkor Cinema @ Level 2 of Angkor Trade Center
Angkor Cinema @ Level 2 of Angkor Trade Center
2bearbear inside Angkor Cinema @ Angkor Trade Center
2bearbear inside Angkor Cinema @ Angkor Trade Center
Theory of Everything @ Angkor Cinema
Theory of Everything @ Angkor Cinema

Drop in ANYTIME at Angkor Cinema and you can catch your favourite movie at just 5USD per person. This is because, the concept of the cinema is like that of a KTV in Singapore. You’ll enter a private room (complete with large sofa chairs and surround sound) and they’ll play the movie you’ve selected. As simple as that. Payment is made before you enter.

7. Dining in Siem Reap

Cambodian BBQ (Hot Pot)
Cambodian BBQ (Hot Pot)
Pork Rib and Mango Salad at Khmer Kitchen Restaurant
Pork Rib and Mango Salad at Khmer Kitchen Restaurant
Beef in Lok Lok Style @ Mahob Restaurant
Beef in Lok Lok Style @ Mahob Restaurant
Lemon Tart with Passion Fruit Sorbet @ the Blue Pumpkin
Lemon Tart with Passion Fruit Sorbet @ the Blue Pumpkin
Getting tipsy at Pub Street
Getting tipsy at Pub Street
Banana Sago Creme Brulee / Lemongrass Tart with rice & lemon sorbet @ Mahob Restaurant
Banana Sago Creme Brulee / Lemongrass Tart with rice & lemon sorbet @ Mahob Restaurant

There are many dining options in Siem Reap which we’ll show you in our next post!

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Top Things to do and Attractions in Siem Reap Cambodia
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