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Siem Reap Things to Do & See
Cambodian Cooking Classes
The cooking class station is located away from Siem Reap central town about 6km, provides the best insight into local life’s culinary including 30 minutes guided walking tour around local village to visit local family and learn about traditional Khmer household, local ingredients, food customs and superstition regarding to Khmer food. You’re going to hand on everything from the beginning to the end. You have experienced chef standing by, shows and explain you detail during the class. After the class ended, you’ll enjoy you own creation and get the recipe book. The class takes around 2.30 hours to 3hours.
Made in Cambodia Market
Made in Cambodia Market is absolutely worth your time. Aside from the colourful, original array of food, art, clothing, homewares, cosmetics, toys, jewellery and more, its chief defining characteristic is, as the name suggests, that everything sold here is made in Cambodia. This is in stark contrast to every other market in town, where the majority of the wares sold are generic junk made in China, Vietnam or Thailand. Those who visit Made In Cambodia have the opportunity to purchase fine artisinal products and luxury goods that redefine what it means to be made in Cambodia today. Each item for sale has been produced by a new generation of talented Cambodians.
Angkor Zipline – Eco Adventure
is the only Cambodian zipline tour, located within the lush jungle of Angkor park, provides amazing experience and fun. You feel the tranquility of the nature and you have a chance to see a gibbon’s family that the only family who lives in this Angkor jungle. Explore the jungle across four hanging bridges spanning hundreds of meters, enjoy the zipline rappelling down a 50-meter descent from one station to others. Feel relaxing and enjoy Khmer, traditional lunch with the serenity and may hear birds singing.
Oxcart Adventure Ride
Oxcart Adventures provide amazing opportunity to see glimpses of rural lifestyle, get to know more about Cambodian culture, customs and friendly locals. Located 7km away from central Siem Reap, the oxcart is organized by locals in the purpose to enrich the living condition, in Chreav village, the traditional and poor community situated amongst picturesque rice fields and surroundings. The traditional ox cart has been an important part featuring about Cambodian culture dating back to hundreds of years. Until the present, oxcart is still used to transport goods, stacks of thatches, sacks of rice from the one place to others. Apart from using oxcart to carry stuff, it brings an attractive adventure to tourists who wish to see charming Cambodia.
Phare Cambodian Circus
A contemporary circus without animals, Phare Circus is an amazing blend of traditional and modern theater, music, dance, dram, acrobatic, juggling, mime, comedy and contortion beautifully choreographed and performed around stories about Cambodian lives, customs, and society. The purpose of Phare Circus is to improve the development of local communities by providing education as well as encouraging the practice of art.
Helicopter – Scenic Flight
Helicopter is wonderful adventure to allow you to explore magnificent wonders of the kingdom of Cambodia. Be amazed by the enormous scale of the World Heritage site of Angkor, the ancient moat within the complex, lush jungle and its rich landmarks. Of course, there are a lot of opportunities for you to capture spectacular photos. The helicopter provides from 8 up to 48 minutes fly, mainly includes Angkor complex and choices of extra discovery above the largest freshwater lake “Tonle Sap”, the national park of Phnom Kulen and the major capital of the Angkorian-era Khmer Empire “Rolous Group”.
After visiting Angkor temples and other attractive sites, golfing is an ideal activity sport that you may like to get started despite you are not a good golfer. Expand your holiday while staying in Siem Reap, at least spend a morning to golfing because this is also great to find more experience in the ancient landmark of Angkor, Siem Reap. You probably want to play the premier golf course at Angkor Golf Resort which is designed by European legendary golfer, Nick Faldo.
Apsara Dance Performance
Apsara dance performance is the title of a Khmer classical dance created by the Royal Ballet of Cambodia in the mid-20th century under the patronage of Queen Sisowath Kossamak. The Apsara is played by a woman, sewn into tight-fitting traditional dress, whose graceful, sinuous gestures are codified to narrate classical myths or religious stories. Apsara dance was only performed for the Khmer kings during the Angkor time. Now Apsara dance performance can be widely visited at some of local restaurants and hotels in Cambodia, especially in Siem Reap. The performance generally takes an hour with 5 courses of the different dances.
Shopping & Nightlife
While Siem Reap is still growing gradually, the booming of bars, restaurants and night markets are appearing so fast that those offer a lot of choices for tourists to stroll around, bargain and do shopping. You definitely walk around pub street and may pop in a bar for relaxation after your exploration around Angkor temples. Some of bars are generally closed until 4.00am in the early morning while night market stores and restaurants are closed until mid-night. As you’re walking neat the pub street, you can hear loud disco music, see street cocktail carts with reasonable prices for all choices of the cocktails and street food is also nice that you may want to try.
Artisan d’Angkor Wood & Stone Carving Centre
Artisans Angkor has developed from the ambitious belief that it is possible to revive ancient Khmer Arts & Crafts while improving the lives of thousands of people living in rural areas. Not only has Artisans Angkor become a company dedicated to the preservation of traditional Khmer skills in silk-making, stone and wood carving, lacquering and painting, but it is also an organization committed to promote the development of individuals and secure their future by the means of education and welfare. Today, Artisans Angkor is proud to show that Cambodian handicraft is still alive and more creative than ever.
Bird Watching, Bird Sanctuary
Boeung Pearaing Responsible Eco-tourism is located at the southeast of Siem Reap, it is about 12 km from Siem Reap town. This community project is created by Chreav Community, it is in order to preserve and bird conservation. Boeung Pearaing has many species of water birds and it is including: Comb Duck , purple swamphen , Cormorant , Darter , Purple and Grey Heron , Adjutant , Lesser whistling duck, black headed Ibis etc. It is a good place for bird lovers and relax. Pearang eco-tourism aims to create more interesting ecotourism activities in the purpose to improve the local living and generates more jobs for community. A guided boat tour is the greatest adventure to explore various waterbirds.
Not different from Boeung Pearaing, Prek Toal bird sanctuary is the largest and the most important conservative breeding areas on Tonle Sap biosphere reserve, the greatest home for rich biodiversity and its rare endangered waterbirds including greater adjutants, black headed storks, milky storks, oriental darters, black headed ibis, grey headed fish eagles and etc. Prek Toal bird sanctuary is located in Battambang province. Beside the core area, a floating fishing village of the same name is the staging post for entry into the reserve, after a gentle one-hour boat journey takes you across the lake from either Mechrey or Chong Kneas. Prek Toal is one of the wealthier villages on the Tonle Sap, though that is still a relative thing.. Read more
Street Food at Road 60
If you’re looking for the authentic local street food, the road 60 is the best local street displaying with plenty of exotic delicious food, where you also see the nightlife of the locals trading their products including color clothes, fruits, bags, food, footwear etc. Especially the traditional noodle food that you should try. There are playground and gift gaming where you see a lot of kids playing around there. Having a guided orientation to discover the authentic street food is also a pleasant tour to see Cambodia differently.
Massage & Spa
There are many massage and spa places around Siem Reap town, which easily can be found at Angkor night market, pub street & old market area. The small open air massage offer very competitive prices with ranges of different types of massage while there are some of professional, well-trained massage spa offering affordable prices with the high standard quality that meet your expectation and you will do love it. Here our suggestion for the well treatment massage & spa in Siem Reap: Bodia Spa, Sokkhak Spa & The Lemongrass.
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