Must Things to Do in Laos
Cruising and Boating
Highlights – When you come here, do not miss to experience cruise tours on River Mekong on the Toum Tiou. This is Cambodia’s first boat and offers excellent accommodation and hospitality to guests. Also, choose from one of the many khmer boats available for travel between Siem Reap and Angor.
Location – Siem Reap, Angor, Mekong River, Tonle Sap, Kompong Cham, Kratie and Stung Treng.
Timings – All through the year.
Price – Starting from USD3995 onwards for the Mekong River Cruise.
Massage and Spa
Highlights – You should never miss out the traditional, Khmer-style massages when you come here. Fish massage, as weird as it may sound, is a highly relaxing kind of massage that is available in many places in Cambodia. Do try this out.
Location – Though all hotels and resorts have massage parlours and spa salons, some places worth visiting are Amret, Bodia, Angel, Aziadee, Islands, Mlis, Nailbar, Soben and Sawasdee.
Timings – Depends on choice of guests; available for one hour, two hours and the like for body massage, hand and foot massage, foot massage etc.
Price – The basic price for a full body wrap starts from around USD24 onwards.
Cycling and Biking
Highlights – Cycling tours in Cambodia contain all elements that you want in your vacation – adventure, pilgrimage, heritage, culture, sight-seeing and entertainment. Guests will be accompanied by professional cycling guides. Cambodian cycling tours are very flexible as well as there are tours for half a day and tours for about 21 days too.
Location – Some of the areas that are covered in these adventurous yet exciting cycle tours are Mekong Delta, Phnom Penh, all temples of Angkor, Takeo, Kep, Sihanouk Ville, Cardamom Mountain, Four Thousand Islands and the like.
Timings – Available all through the year.
Price – A half- day tour covering about 25km costs around USD38 per person and a 21-day tour covering around 1237km costs around USD2299 per person.
Visit Preah Khan
Highlights – Lots of plants and trees grow around the Preah Khan temple, which makes it look lovelier than ever before. Lord Buddha, in the name of Avalokiteshwara, is the main deity of this temple. The temple complex is quite huge and there are two gates leading into the temple. Prior to becoming a temple, this complex was used as the residence of the royal clan who ruled over this place, which gives a majestic look to this place.
Location – Towards the western side of the Jataka Baray and north east of Angkor Thom, this temple is situated in close proximity to the Ta Prohm Temple.
Timings – 5AM to 6PM every day.
Price – Temple entry pass of USD20 (one day), USD20 (3 days) and USD60 (7 days).
Cambodian Village Cooking Class
While you are on a trip to Cambodia there is another thing which is a must do for you. Get a chance to learn the secrets of authentic Cambodian cuisine with local chefs. Not just learn the traditional way of cooking Cambodian meal but also visit the rural villages and marvel at the sight of the amazing beauty of this region.
Highlights: Nothing could be better than trying your hand while making delicious and authentic Cambodian meals. Also, learn about the various tricks which is used while preparing the country’s traditional cuisine. You will also get a chance and learn about the various herbs and vegetable that are grown here.
Location: Treak Village, Sojourn Ln, Krong Siem Reap, CambodiaPrice: The approximate price starts from $24 per adult.
Angkor Tour by Tuk Tuk from Sunrise
What could be a better option than experiencing the view of the spectacular sunrise while riding a Tuk tuk. To add an extraordinary touch to ace the gloriousness of Angkor head out for a day out on a tuk tuk ride through the amazing beauty of the region. Witness the dawn at Angkor Wat with a majestic setting and ride through the Angkor Archeological Park.
Highlights: Angkor is seemingly the biggest religious working on the planet, with a volume of stone measuring up to that of the Cheops pyramid in Egypt. The Great City of Angkor Thom is one of the main issues inside the entire Angkor Complex, which was likely more lavish than most European urban communities in the late twelfth Century.
Location: Wat Bo Rd, Krong Siem Reap, CambodiaPrice: The approximate price starts from $15-$30 for 7-8 hours.
Visit Bayon temple
Highlights – If you are an architecture lover, you will truly love Bayon temple, where the main deity is Lord Buddha. Built in traditional and historic Khmer style of architecture, this temple contains numerous towers. All these towers have wonderfuls stone faces carved on them. The other highlight here is a couple of bas reliefs found here, representing various mythological values.
Location – Situated in King Jayavarman’s capital city of Angkor Thom.
Timings – 5AM to 6PM.
Entry fee – One day, three-day and seven-day passes cost USD20, USD40 and USD60 respectively.
Visit Ta Prohm
Highlights – One of the features that attracts viewers about Ta Prohm is that it is found in the same way as it was constructed during the 12th century, whereas most of the other temples in its vicinity have been reduced to mere architectural ruins today. During 1992, this temple was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Location – The temple can be found at just about 1km from Angkor Thom on the southern part of East Baray.
Timings – 5AM to 6PM every day.
Price - All the temples in this area charge USD20, USD40 and USD60 for one-day, three-day and 7-day packages respectively.
Highlights – The best thing about the diving sites in Cambodia is that it offers clearly differentiated diving areas for people with various skill levels. Cambodia’s marine life is so diverse that it will put other famous locations to shame.
Location – Koh Rong, Koh Rong Saloem, Koh Kon, Koh Tang and Koh Prins islands.
Timings – In spite of having various wet and dry seasons, diving is available all through the year in Cambodia.
Price – Purely depends on the diving package that guests choose. One fun dive costs up to USD 65 at least; professional courses from PADI costs somewhere close to USD320 and above.
Visit War Museum Cambodia
Highlights – Soldiers who served in the war previously act as tourist guides here. How better can it get than this? It is also one of the first kinds of museum in Cambodia and takes guests through the last 30 years of Cambodian war history with an exotic and impressive collection of jet fighter planes, helicopters, artillery guns and other war machines of various models.
Location – Siem Reap.
Timings – 8AM to 5.30PM on all days of the week.
Price – USD1 for Cambodian tourists and USD5 for foreign tourists. Entrance fee includes tourist guide, parking, photography and filming.
Visit Cambodia Landmine Museum
Highlights – This is probably one of the very few places in the world, where you will know about landmines, their dangers and risks, how it impacts kids, how it kills people and ways to disarm these landmines. There is a farm right behind the museum, where kids who are saved from landmines are put in relief camps and cared for. The museum is a repository of excellent tools, guns, weapons and other equipment that were used for mining in those days.
Location – Situated at about 25km distance from Siem Reap, this museum is located in close proximity to Banteay Srei.
Timings– 7.30AM to 5.30PM every day. Professional guided tours are available in English and Japanese on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9AM to 5PM.
Price – Foreign adults – USD5. Cambodian citizens and kids below 10 years of age – free of cost.
Visit Battambang Bat Caves
Highlights – Bats, as we know, are nocturnal birds. Every evening, especially after sunset, you can witness thousands of bats fly out these caves into the woods nearby. You can continue to watch this spectacle for about 40 minutes, as that’s the time required for all the bats to fly out. However, it is best to leave within ten minutes, if you don’t want to put your lives at risk. There lots of bikes available to take you to the top of the mountain and back to the base at the evening, just in time for bat-spotting.
Location – Battambang.
Timings – Only in the evenings
Price – Around USD3 for trekking up the hill.
Visit Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center
Highlights – This is the largest zoo in Cambodia and one of the top tourist attractions. There are close to 1200 animals belonging to over 102 species in this rescue centre. You can find rare species like Siamese crocodiles, tigers & elephants from Asia, Malayan sun bears and more. If you are looking for an interactive wildlife experience, this is the place that you have to be.
Location – at about 25 miles from the capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh.
Timings – 8AM to 5PM on all days of the week.
Price – Behind the scenes tour of the zoo costs around USD150 for one day.
Visit Baphuon Temple
Highlights – Baphuon temple is a three-layered beautiful mountain temple and was part of the royal palace during the years of monarchical rule in Cambodia. Around 20th century, the temple started to get dilapidated and it was only during 2011 that the restoration of the temple was completed successfully after a whopping 51 years of dedicated effort. Lord Shiva is the main deity in this temple.
Location – Angkor Thom, towards the north western side of Bayon.
Timings – 5AM to 6PM.
Price – Since this temple is part of the Angkor Archaeological Park, entrance fee is same as other temples – USD20 (one day), USD40 (three day pass) and USD60 (seven day pass). 3-day pass should be used within one week of issuance and 7-day pass should be used within one month of issuance.
Southwestern Beach, Koh Rong
Highlights - The shores of this island are nicely embedded within tropical forests, which makes it all the more beautiful. This island has its own calmness, as there are not much people out there in the villages of this island. Peace lovers would eternally stay there for the serenity which this place offers. It is the second largest island in the coast of Cambodia and is located in the Gulf of Thailand. It is also the biggest island in the coast of Sihanoukville.
Location - Koh Rong, Cambodia.
Special features – boat ride options of slow boats 20$/15$, fast boats - 30$.
Long Set Beach, Koh Rong
Location – Koh Rong Cambodia.
Special features - This beach is known for its pure white sand and crystal blue water, which make it look like Heaven on Earth. This place attracts a lot of tourists because of its scenic view and tranquil surroundings. This is situated in north of Koh Tuich on the sunset side of the island. One can watch the golden rays of sunset from this beach.
Lazy Beach, Koh Rong Saloem
Location -- Phum Buon, Krong Preah Sihanouk, Cambodia.
Special features - The sands of the beach are a unique mixture of gold and silver with fine texture, thus making it one of the best attributes of the beach. The bungalows that provide scenic view of the beaches are quite costlier than their other counterparts; however it is worth every dime. Beach activities can be done from 9AM to 8.30PM on all days.
Victory Beach, Sihanoukville
Location- Krong Preah Sihanouk, Cambodia. Special features - This beach has the most direct route from Victory hill through a steep narrow road. This beach has a great scenic view from the shores of the beach. This beach is also lined up by restaurants, cottages, bars and other tourist visiting places as this beach is the only beach that has families as its visitors. One can enjoy the beautiful golden sunset by resting on the sands of the shore or on the beach beds, relaxing peacefully.
Main Beach, Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island)
Location – Kep, Cambodia.
Special features- When you feel bored you can even go on ferry rides making your vacation in that beach even a merrier one. The ferry rides would be an awesome experience as you won't be just playing with the waves by merely dipping your toes but you would be dancing with the waves in the ferry.
If you have a fetish for history then this place is a must visit for you in Cambodia. Angkor Thom is certainly an outflow of the most noteworthy virtuoso. Angkor Thom shows the emergence of Buddhist cosmology, speaking to thoughts that exclusive extraordinary painters would set out to portray. These structures were worked of wood and have died however the staying stone landmarks affirm that Angkor Thom was to be sure an "Incredible City" as its name infers.
Highlights: The temples inside the dividers of the city portrayed in this article are Bayon, Phimeanakas, Baphuon, Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King, Prah Palilay, Tep Pranam and Prasat Suor Prat.
Location: Angkor Thom is located in Cambodia
Price: The entry is free of cost.
With an ambitious belief to revive the ancient Khmer Arts & Crafts. Artisans Angkor is another very popular destination among the people in Cambodia. Artisans Angkor is not only preserving the ancient artifacts but they are also helping in improving the life of the people living in the rural areas. They are mainly dedicated to the preservation of traditional Khmer skills in silk-making, stone and wood carving, lacquering and painting. It opens from 7:30AM–6:30PM.
Highlights: There are around 1300 employees presently working here at Artisans Angkor and are well known for their creative work and handicrafts. They are developing very high quality products that express the dynamism of the Khmer culture. Each of the artisans are showcases some of their best creative pieces inspired by Angkor heritage. One can also find decorative items and handmade clothing here.
Location: Chantiers-Ecoles, Stung Thmey Street, Krong Siem Reap 855500, Cambodia
Price: Entry ticket is free of cost.
Apsara Dance Performance
Your visit to Cambodia will be an incomplete one without a glimpse of women performing the ancient art of Apsara dance. Enjoy the magnificent dance by the women wearing glittering silk tunics, sequined tops and elaborate golden headdresses. Each performer will execute movements with such deliberation that will leave you awestruck. Knees bent in plié, heels touching the floor first at each step, coy smiles on their faces are some of their moves.
Highlights: In Apsara dance every position has its own particular symbolism. There are different postures and position which signifies a meaning. Some of them are a finger pointing to the sky, indicates “today”, while standing sideways to the audience with the sole of the foot facing upwards represents flying.
Location: This majestic Cambodian dance can be best enjoyed in the cultural performances put on by hotels and restaurants in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.Price: The approximiate price starts from $40 for adults and 12 – $25.50 for children
Highlights – Theravada Buddhism is Cambodia’s most popular tradition. This tradition teaches the art of controlling one’s mind and mental desires to achieve one’s goals. Learn this art from the experts when you come to Cambodia. Check into any of the Buddhist monasteries found in Cambodia for a first-hand experience of international class.
Location – Siem Reap, Battambang and Phnom Penh are the major meditation destinations in Cambodia.
Timings- All through the year.
Price - Depends on the course that guests want. A private yoga class for about 30 minutes costs around USD25.
Phare: The Cambodian Circus Show in Siem Reap
If you are a lover of dance, music and arts then this is the perfect place for you in Cambodia. The young circus artists will astonish you with their energy, emotion, enthusiasm and talent. They have a unique way of telling the Cambodian stories, historical folks and modern folks. The circus opens from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
Highlights: In the circus you will see several generations of performers who have graduated Phare's original Battambang campus. They have also performed in International shows around the world. The performers shares about their personal stories abuse and hardship through their performances.
Location: Phare Circus Ring Road, south of the intersection with Sok San Road, Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia, Cambodia
Price: The approximate price starts from $35 for adult (age 12+), $18 for Children (age 5-11) and Infants (age 4 and younger) no charge with no allocated seat.