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15 Best Things To Do In Siem Reap

 
  • Siem Reap is known as the gateway to the ruins of Angkor, it is the perfect example of how Khmer empire ruled the region authentically. The realms of that regime are quite beautifully preserved in this small town; it is very popular for its collection of solacing temples and structures. Here is a list where you can see the best things to do in Siem Reap. Participating in these activities let you fill the voids you have been seeing in your life due to monotony.

    Escape into an abyss of excitement with these breathtaking events provided just for you. The list consists of Quad biking, cycling, zip-lining, kayaking, trekking, mountain biking, hot-air ballooning etc. Of course, they can take all the energy out of you and never think twice before indulging in these mind blowing adventurous activities.

    Here are some of the best things to do in Siem Ream:

  • 01Quad Biking

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    One of the most important provinces in Cambodia, Siem Reap is a place that is filled with many architectural wonders.

    Highlights – The adventure and hilly terrains of this province can be accessed in the best form through ATV Quad Bike tours that are organised by many tour operators all over Siem Reap. The best part of these tours is that there are lots of types available – fun, family, adventure and many more. Explore the lesser-known temples and the wonderful beauty of Siem Reap’s country side with the help of these bikes. Don’t miss the sunset Quad bike tours, as this way, you can appreciate Siem Reap when it much cooler.

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    Location
    – All over Siem Reap.

    Timings – Can be undertaken any time during the year.

    Price – Varies as per the tour types and duration.

    Price per person – USD32(Sunset tours for 16km), USD37 (easy tours for about 21km), USD65 (full discovery tours covering 45km), USD105 (half-day tours) and USD175 (full-day tours).


  • 02Cycling

    Siem Reap, in Cambodia, is best enjoyed with the help of bicycle tours.

    Highlights – The climate of Siem Reap is pleasant all through the year for undertaking these tours. The terrains are pretty easy and all the must-see tourist spots are within close proximity to each other, making cycling quite easy even for those who are new to cycling. With all the hotels and private agencies offering various kinds of cycles on rent, finding an appropriate cycle for your purpose should be child’s play in Siem Reap. Don’t miss to witness the local artisans at work when your drive past he villages and countryside of this province. The famous architectural remnants of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm are easily accessible through cycles.

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    Location
    – All over Siem Reap.

    Timings – Can be undertaken all through the year.

    Price – Around USD35 per person for half a day tour covering around30km. Rental cycles are available for as low as USD2 per day.


  • 03Zip Lining

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    For all those adventure enthusiasts out there, Siem Reap offers unlimited opportunities for excitement for fun. Zip lining is one of them.

    Highlights – One of the best places for zip lining in the world, the Flight of the Gibbon at Angkor Wat provides ample dosages of fun and adventure with 4 suspended bridges, 10 ziplines and a rappel as well. This is the only zipline site in the world, which is situated within the complex of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you go crisscross across the jungles, get down for up to 50m, come face to face with the gibbons, get awestruck at the exotic flora and fauna of the Angkor Park and unravel the mysteries of the jungle, you will get a thrill and excitement that you will not find anywhere else.



    Location
    – Angkor Park, Siem Reap.

    Timings – Due to the tropical climate, these tours can be undertaken throughout the year.

    Price – USD99 per person.


  • 04Dirt Bike

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    If you want to get introduced to a high-adventure ride where you will visit places that are not usually on everybody’s list, you should definitely try out the dirt bike tours in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

    Highlights – The best attraction of these tours is that you get to visit places that are less-travelled and in remote areas. Usually undertaken in 250exc or 400exc bikes, these dirt bike tours are available for various durations. Due to the sheer intensity of adventure and the number of uneven terrains involved here, these tours should be undertaken only by experienced bikers. These dirt bike trips are so powerful that they have the power to make you come back to Cambodia on your next vacation too.



    Location
    – Siem Reap countryside, Phnom Kulean National Park and more.

    Timings
    – All through the year.

    Price – Depends on the timing of tour and places covered. Day tours cost around USD150 per person for about 110km covered.


  • 05Kayaking

    The magical Tonle Sap Lake is located in the province of Siem Reap. Therefore it is no wonder that Kayaking is one of the must-do activities when you come here.

    Highlights – With the help of professional Kayaking experts and the pristine waters of Tonle Sap Lake, you can enjoy Kayaking in Siem Reap to the fullest extent. Here, you can be assured about the quality of boats and other accessories. As you sail through the amazing countryside of Siem Reap, you will see the locals going about their daily task with a warm smile. Going through the floating villages and having a causal banter with the locals is indeed a pleasurable experience here.

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    Location – Tonle Sap Lake.

    Timings
    – Early mornings or late afternoons are the best.

    Price – Varies as per tours; half a day tour costs USD115, USD85 and USD70 respectively for 2-3, 4-6 and 7-15 people.


  • 06Trekking

    Due to the presence of the mountain, Phnom Kulen in its premises, Siem Reap is one of the better trekking destinations in Cambodia.

    Highlights – These are a small group of peaks, with the tallest one at 487m. For a regular trekker, this mountain provides unlimited opportunities to explore the flora and fauna, as the area is covered by mud tracks, fallen trees and a challenging set of stairs that leads to the Preah Ang Jub. Here the area is replete with many Buddha devotees. Watch the scene change as you go further for one hour where you will witness the Valley of Thousand Lingas, dominated by Hindu religious motifs. You cannot afford to miss a couple of waterfalls here – there are where you can relax after a hard trek.



    Location – Phnom Kulen, Siem Reap.

    Timings
    – Can be done all through the year.

    Price – Depends on the trekking tour package; approximately USD110per person for a tour that lasts from 6AM to 6PM.


  • 07Mountain Biking

    When you want to enjoy the best of Siem Reap’s adventurous spots and rough terrains, mountain biking is the best way to do so. Various tour operators provide mountain bikes and accessories for reasonable rates here.

    Highlights – Siem Reap contains many hidden treasures within it. The best way to explore these are through high-power mountain bikes. You can whiff past mountains, rivers, country side, paddy fields, ancient architectural remnants, temples and other natural extravaganza without causing any disturbance or damage to them, thanks to these mountain bikes. You can also stop at various place and observe the local Khmers lead their lifestyle and if time permits, enjoy a traditional meal in their houses!



    Location
    – Almost all natural attractions of Siem Reap.

    Timings – Available all through the year.

    Price – For small rides of 20km, it is approximately USD35per person and for rides that cover special attractions like sunrise, sunset etc. it is USD70 per person.


  • 08Hot Air Ballooning

    If you want to make your trip to Siem Reap unforgettable in every possible way, you should try out the magnificent hot air balloon rides that are offered to tourists here.

    Highlights – There is only one operator giving you these tours – Angkor Hot Air Balloon. With professional guides by your side, you can enjoy the serene wonders of the sky and a panoramic view of the architectural marvels of Siem Reap as you travel high up in the sky. Currently there are two rides -for sunrise and sunset. Guests are offered free pickup and drop facilities at their respective hotels.



    Location
    – Siem Reap.

    Timings
    – Flying season is from 1st December to 15th March. Flight times are twice daily – anytime between 6.10AM to 6.40AM (based on sunrise) and 5PM – 5.30PM (based on sunset). It takes about 30 minutes to complete one flight.

    Price – Around USD25 to USD30 per person.


  • 09Microlight Flying

    What better way to appreciate the view of Siem Reap from up above the sky? Microlight Flying is for those die-hard flying enthusiasts who come to Cambodia on their vacation.

    Highlights – With the help of Microlight Flights, you can travel over the amazing landscapes of Cambodia and enjoy natural abundance in the form of temples, architectural remnants, lakes, mountains, beaches, rice fields and the bustling life of local Siem Reap, in its fullest form. With the aircraft flying at about 110km/hour, get ready to enjoy a rocking experience from high above the sky.

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    Location
    – The areas that are normally covered in these tours are Rolous, Beantey Samrie, East Mebon, Pre Rup, Sra Srang and Angkor Wat.

    Timings
    – A flight journey takes around 30 minutes. Flights are available from 7AM to 11AM and from about 2PM till it turns dark, on all days of the week.

    Price
    – Depends on the route taken. Usually in the range of USD75 to USD225. Customised tours too are available.


  • 10Visit Bayon temple

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    Part of the Angkor Archaeological Park, the Bayon temple was built during the 12th century CE, during the rule of Buddhist King Jayavarman VII. Today what we see is a perfect blend of Theravada Buddhist and Hindu styles of architecture patterns, as this temple was modified by various kings later on.

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    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.
  • 11Visit Ta Prohm

    Cambodia is known for its ancient temples replete with architectural brilliance of traditional Khmer style. Ta Prohm is one such Angkorian temple in the province of Siem Reap.

    Highlights – Of all the architectural remnants found in Cambodia, Ta Prohm is the most scenic with a canopy of greenery all round. Today, one look at the dilapidated towers and walls of the temple remind us of the glory that this temple was used to many centuries ago. During 1186, the year of its construction, this temple was known as Rajavihara (Royal Temple) and was a prominent Buddhist pilgrimage site. The very fact that it required 80000 people to maintain the temple is enough to know the glory of the temple. During 1992, it was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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    Location – Siem Reap.

    Timings
    – Temple is open from 5AM to 6PM.

    Price – Since this is part of Angkor Archaeological Park, the price is same as the park – USD20, USD40 and USD60 for a single day, 2-day and 7-day pass respectively.




  • 12Visit Angkor Thom

    There are many places in Siem Reap that capture the attention of history and archaeological lovers. Angkor Thom is one of them.

    Highlights – Set up during the 12th century by King Jayavarman II, Angkor Thom was the last and most reputed capital of the Khmer Kingdom. Built in pure Bayon style, this site was constructed using a large amount of laterite and massive naga-carrying figures on its 5 towers, each 23m tall. The gates opening to this site has massive representations of “Churning of the Ocean” episode from Hindu mythology. The gate on the south is often used by tourists who come from Angkor Wat to Angkor Thom. Traditionally, the Khmers addressed this as Prasat Angkor Thom. By 1609, many parts of Angkor Thom started getting damaged and what is left today are just the colossal remnants.



    Location
    – Siem Reap.

    Timings- 5AM to 6PM.

    Price – Part of Angkor Archaeological Park; therefore prices are USD20 (one day pass), USD40 (2-day pass) and USD70 (7-day pass).


  • 13Banteay Srei Butterfly Centre

    Do you love the harmless and colourful, winged-creatures called butterflies? How about spotting hundreds of butterflies at one location? Exciting, isn’t it? You have to come to Banteay Srei Butterfly Centre to witness this.

     



    Highlights –
    One of the newer tourist spots in Cambodia’s Siem Reap Province, Banteay Srei Butterfly Centre, shortly known as BBC, consists of thousands of butterflies in one single place. It is the biggest butterfly exhibit centre in South East Asia and is definitely worth a visit for nature lovers. When you visit BBC, you can get introduced to butterfly farming, life cycle of butterflies, butterfly conservation and other ecological details. The amount collected by tourists goes towards the welfare of the local people. There are expert guides to take you through the farm.

    Location –
    Siem Reap.  

    Timings - 
    9AM to 5PM on all days of the week.

    Price –
    USD4 per adult and USD2 per kid.
  • 14Visit Preah Khan

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    Located towards the northeast of Angkor Archaeological Park, Preah Khan (meaning, Royal Sword), is a temple which was constructed by King Jayavarman VII. It is also quite closely situated to Ta Prohm temple, which makes this a good tourist spot.

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    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).
  • 15Visit The Terrace of the Elephants

    It is the architectural ruins of Angkor that tourist unearth some historic marvels. Terrace of Elephats is one of them, found in the massive Angkor Thom ruins.

    Highlights – Part of the well-protected temple complex of Angkor Thom, the Terrace of Elephants was the platform which King Jayavarman II used to witness his successful army returning. All through the 300m long structure, one can find stunning and rare bas-reliefs covered with small figurines and statues of elephants, dancers, lions, horses, soldiers and more. The entire terrace is about 2.5m tall. Of the three main platforms here, the carvings on the north platform are the most gorgeous. As you walk past the life-size sculptures of elephants, you cannot help but get awestruck at the skill of the local artisans.

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    Location
    – Angkor Thom complex, Siem Reap.

    Timings – 5AM to 6PM.

    Price – USD20, USD40 and USD60 for 1-day, 2-day and 7-day pass respectively. If tickets are bought for Angkor Thom, you need not pay again for Terrace of Elephants.