What should we do in Siem Reap?

Outside of the mystifying temple tours, this northern city has a lot to offer in terms of culture, history, and wild holiday antics. Dive into cooking classes and pottery-making lessons, visit war museums to learn about the areas affected by landmines, and then mingle with other travelers at some local pubs where you can find amazing Western food and low-priced draft beer.

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap
Angkor Wat, Siem Reap

1. The Old Market

Get the local experience at The Old Market, or as the locals call it “Psar Chaa”. Built in the 1920’s, here is where residents of Siem Reap come to get their produce, grains, and meat for home cooked meals.

2. Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre

Butterfly enthusiasts, nature lovers, and families with kids- here is an experience that you don’t want to pass up while in Cambodia. This butterfly sanctuary and conservation center is the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with your favorite insects.

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 3. Angkor Pottery Center

Learn the basics of pottery making techniques just like the ancient Cambodians from Angkorian times. Spend the day at the Angkor Pottery Center with English-speaking pottery teachers where you’ll learn to make pots, vases, and bowls. Get ready to get your hands messy while you sit at the pottery wheel and spin wet clay to form beautiful and functional pieces. You’ll fire them in a ceramic oven where they harden and become the best souvenirs to take home. This is a fantastic cultural experience and an all-around fun time in Siem Reap.

4. Kulen Nature Trails

Talk to a tuk tuk driver to help you find a guide for the Kulen Nature Trails. These rainforest trails offer hidden gems in the rainforest such as ancient temples, respected monasteries, and rushing waterfalls. You’ll walk along a gorgeous river and under cool, shady trees making for a much-needed escape from the heat.

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5. Cycling Tour

One of the best ways to see the true Cambodia is on a cycling tour in the countryside. Take the “Off the Beaten Track” tour with Butterfly Tours Asia where you’ll ride through the villages of Siem Reap, gaining insight into how rural Cambodians live their day-to-day life.

6. Wander Pub Street

With so much culture, history, and ancient architecture to take in during the day, you might just want to let off some mindless steam at night. For a relaxed evening of western food and a wild night of Angkor beers on tap, head to Pub Street.

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