Siem Reap, the gate to the temples of Angkor, is one of the best places to visit in South East Asia. Millions of visitors traveling to Siem Reap yearly with the hope to explore the magnificent ruins of the Khmer Empire and enjoy the beauty of the riverside town.
What to do in Siem Reap, Cambodia?
This article is a comprehensive Siem Reap travel guide, including the list of best things to do in Siem Reap and tips that you should know to enjoy the best of your time here.
1. Watch the sunrise on Angkor Wat
As a symbol of the country of the pagodas, Angkor Wat is the best-preserved temple in the region and retains its religious center.
I would recommend starting in the early morning and catching the sunrise at Angkor Wat with a local guide.
Watching the sky gradually changing its color with the sun rising from the temple will be one of the most beautiful moments of your trip to Cambodia.
As you will need to cover up to enter the temples, long pants and shirts with long sleeves will be a good option.
2. Learn the history at Angkor National Museum
Located on Charles de Gaulle, Angkor National Museum is divided into eight exhibitions with specific themes of periods, religions, and royalty.
I would suggest visiting the Angkor National Museum before exploring the Angkor complex. It’s because you’ll learn lots of information, the stories, and the origins of the famous ancient ruins of Angkor from the videos and exhibitions at this museum.
You can book your Angkor Museum ticket online in advance and get a FREE pickup service + entrance ticket to a museum. Please note that it will not include a dropoff service and audio guide.
This rural floating village is home to approximately 3000 fishing people during the rainy season. During the dry season, when the lake’s water level decreases., many villagers relocate at smaller huts on stilts farther into the lake.
Visiting Kompong Phluk Floating Village with a local guide, you will not only enjoy the stunning serene boat ride on Tonle Sap Lake, but you also learn about the daily routine of the inhabitants.
If you’re interested in learning about Cambodian local life, Kompheim Village is a must-visit on your trip.
With a 2-hour walk, you will get a chance to meet and talk with local people while observing daily activities. A visit to the pagoda and school will give you valuable and insightful experience about the Khmer people.