Siem Reap. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name of that city? Chances are it’s Angkor Wat. But Siem Reap is a whole lot more than scaling temples a la Tomb Raider. There are just so many things you can do there! It should come as no surprise though, seeing as how rich in culture and history Cambodia is as a nation. So let us take a look at what Cambodia has to offer to us. To help us out with accommodation, we look to Hotels.com and the great rates they have on quality hotels and with 6.0% cashback plus updates on the latest Hotels.com promo code to boot when you make your bookings with ShopBack!

1. Angkor Wat

The Angkorwat

Often regarded as the Eighth Wonder of The World, the Angkor Wat Temple complex is one of the primary reasons why tourists all over the world flock to Cambodia and more specifically Siem Reap. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Angkor Wat is the biggest of the temples in Angkor and also the largest religious monument in the world – it literally means Temple City.

Shutterbugs and Insta-addicts will be happy to know that photographic opportunities abound here. From its pleasing symmetrical shape to the bas-relief decorations that line the temple surface, Angkor Wat presents itself as the pinnacle of Khmer architectural brilliance.

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2. Bayon Temple

Head Statues of Bayon Temple

Angkor Wat is the most famous temple in Cambodia but it’s far from being the only one worth visiting. The Bayon Temple is a good representation of the “baroque style” (as opposed to Angkor Wat’s classical) of Khmer architecture. Its most recognisable feature: the smiling stone faces. Watching over the temple are over 200 gigantic four-sided stone faces sporting very curious smiles that are said to be modelled over the king who ordered its construction – King Jayavarman VII.

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$ 172.00 / night
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3. Land Mine Museum

Land Mine Display

Stepping away from the temples, we can immerse ourselves into Cambodia’s more recent history by paying a visit to the Land Mine Museum. This museum serves to remind and educate visitors of Cambodia’s conflicts and wars and most notably the period of brutal reign under the Khmer Rouge. Founded by Aki Ra, who was a part of the conflict as a child soldier, this museum also serves as a NGO for various related causes.

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4. Witness the Spectacle of the Apsara Dance

Apsara Dancers

The Apsara Dance is a Khmer classical dance. Performers are adorned in beautiful traditional costumes as they tell a story through the medium of song and dance. You can watch these grand performances and have dinner at the same time in many hotels around Siem Reap.

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$ 169.00 / night
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5. Sink Your Teeth Into Some Creepy Crawlies

Fried Bugs

This is not for the faint of heart, and if you have a weak stomach, you should definitely skip this entry on the list. There are various types of exotic food available in Siem Reap’s many hawkers. And by exotic, we mean creepy. And by creepy, we mean literal creepy crawlies.

Deep fried and seasoned bugs of all shapes and sizes such as maggots, water bugs, cockroaches, tarantulas and even water snakes (not a bug, we guess, but still). So if you’re ever feeling brave, or just really, really hungry, why not head down to one of these stalls and have yourself the most curious of feasts? We’ve heard it goes well with beer. Or if you’re looking for something rather upscale, drop by Bugs Cafe where bugs are prepared in a rather classy way (as classy as bugs as food can get). Plus you can then wash it all down with some cocktails. Better make it a stiff one.

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6. Party it up at Pub Street

Pub Street

If you’re all about the nightlife, then Pub Street is party central for you! Pub Street truly comes alive when the sun goes down with bars and nightclubs that line the street. You can start the night dining at some of the great restaurants there such as Barrio which serves French cuisine or Easy Speaking if you’re up for a more varied menu.  End your night with some drinking from establishments such as the elegant Elephant Bar or Mezze Lounge and Nightclub.

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7. Military Shooting Range

Gun Display

Live up your first-person shooter gaming dreams by going trigger happy at the Cambodian Military Shooting Range. You’ll start off with a menu of guns and the prices for using said guns with rounds costing a little more than a dollar for some gun models. If you’re not satisfied with just popping some caps from an AK47, you can go full-on Rambo by paying more to get the chance to fire off a rocket launcher – that’s right a rocket launcher.

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8. Hustle and bustle at the Angkor Night Market

Rows of Shops at Angkor Night Market

Bask in the electric open-air atmosphere as you carry out some shopping Khmer style. Located off Sivatha Boulevard, the Angkor Night Market is made up of over 200 stalls which serves to preserve the rich culture of traditional Khmer handicraft. You can get your hands on goods of every kind from fabrics, trinkets, shadow puppets, purses, bags and many more. After a long day shopping you can then pamper yourself with some dinner and to top it all off, a massage to soothe your tired body.

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$ 37.00 / night
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9. Get a feel of life aquatic at the Tonle Sap Lake

Kampong Phluk in Tonle Sap Lake

Situated on the biggest lake in South East Asia are the many floating houses that a group of villagers call home. Build on stilts, these floating villages offer a unique glimpse into a life of a Cambodian fishermen. If you’re looking for a much more authentic experience, one that is largely unaffected by commercialisation, then check out the village of Kampong Phluk Floating Village.

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10. Whip up a storm in the kitchen Cambodian style

Kampot Pepper Crab

If you fancy taking some of your Cambodian experience back home with you, then why not do it by educating yourself with the intricacies of Cambodian cooking. There are a number of places you can learn how to cook Cambodian cuisine such as the famous Le Tigre de Papier where you will get the chance to personally prepare two dishes of your choice per session. It is an experience to last you a lifetime!

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$ 44.00 / night
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So there you go. We weren’t kidding when we said there was more to Cambodia than just the Angkors, magnificent as they are. You can indulge in activities that are as varied as they are exciting.


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