08.11.2018

Things to do in Siem Reap with Siem Reap Shuttle Tours

Welcome travelers to the Kingdom of Wonder. On behalf of the entire Siem Reap Shuttle Team, we would like to say thank you for visiting our tropical Southeast Asian country. We’re guessing that a significant part of your trip will be dedicated to Siem Reap, aka Temple Town, for its ancient Khmer temples. This area, once the heart of the Khmer Empire, attracts millions of tourists annually from all around the world! One thing we want you to know is that there’s much more to Siem Reap than Angkor Wat. After landing in the birthplace of our people, our land, and our culture let us guide you towards the best things to do in Siem Reap.

Click the links below to easily jump through our things to do in Siem Reap page:

  1. Discover Ancient Temples
  2. Countryside Excursions
  3. Water Activities
  4. Get a Deeper Understanding of the Culture
  5. Watch Live Traditional Performances

Places to Explore and other Adventurous Activities

Visiting Angkor Wat is, of course, one of the things you have to do when visiting Siem Reap, so it made our list. But, there are many hidden places to explore and once in a lifetime adventures to be had! Between discovering ancient temples, getting out on the water, and heading into the countryside, there are many exciting things to do in Siem Reap.

Discover Ancient Temples

With hundreds of ancient temples scattered across the landscape, there’s plenty to explore. If you ever find yourself thinking about what things to do in Siem Reap, head out on an adventure to find remote hidden temples in the countryside!

1. Explore Angkor

We have four different ways for you to explore Angkor. Go solo or in a small group on our Private Tour. Want to join a group of fun, like-minded travelers from around the world? Explore together on our shared tours.

Now, onto the hard decisions. What do you want complimenting your Angkor experience, Sunrise or Sunset? The Sunrise tours start early, around 5:00 am, to see the sun rising over Angkor Wat and finish around midday. The Sunset tours start at 8:30 am and end after a colorful sunset on Phnom Bakheng.

Angkor Wat hidden behind trees

Explore Angkor

2. Banteay Srei Backcountry TourHead out to the countryside to discover some highly-intricate and beautiful temples. You’ll be visiting:

  • Pre Rup
  • Banteay Srei
  • East Mebon
  • Ta Som
  • Preah Khan

 

things to do in Siem Reap temples

Banteay Srei Backcountry Tour

 

3. Koh Ker and Beng MealeaGet ready for a long drive out to Koh Ker, the abandoned temple in the jungle. You’ll make a stop along the way to check out the overgrown Beng Mealea temple. Did you know that Koh Ker was originally designed after Angkor Wat and was expected to become the next seat of the Khmer Empire?

 

taking a photo at Koh Ker temple

Koh Ker and Beng Mealea

Countryside Excursions

Want to escape the city and the tourist traps? Spend the day in the Cambodian countryside, far away from the hordes of travelers. Enjoy the fresh air, relaxing open views across the landscape, and a lot of cows!

1. Quad Bike AdventureHit the trails and discover the ‘Real Cambodia’! Drive out of town on Siem Reap’s bumpy, dirt roads to find rural villages and pagodas, rice fields, stilted homes and schools, and more! Discover what lies off the beaten track and don’t leave Siem Reap till you do!

 

driving quads in rural Cambodia

Quad Bike Adventure

 

2. The Scenic Route to AngkorIs walking around Angkor not enough for you? Or are you seeking to capture some of the best photos and videos possible? Climb aboard your helicopter at Siem Reap Airport to get a birds-eye view of the city, Angkor Wat, and other surrounding temples, mountains, and holy sites!

 

helicopter views of Angkor Wat

The Scenic Route to Angkor

Water Activities

Who doesn’t love getting wet? Siem Reap has hundreds of pools (may have to pay a few dollars) for you to relax in. However, if you’re feeling adventurous and are looking for better things to do in Siem Reap than sitting in a pool, join us on a boating excursion on the Tonle Sap or go for a swim under a waterfall!

1. Trek up Kulen MountainDrive out to Phnom Kulen, a lush green mountain jam-packed with things to do. You can go for a dip in the waterfall, walk alongside the River of a Thousand Lingas, get traditional Buddhist blessings, discover the world-famous Reclining Buddha, and more!

 

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Trek up Kulen Mountain

 

2. Floating Villages – Kompong PhlukOur guides will take you to visit some nearby areas before you hit the water and boat the Tonle Sap. Find out how the Khmer people have courageously adapted to some of the most unimaginable conditions, all with a big smile on their faces. Depending on the time of year, you may also get to navigate through the flooded forest!

 

boating on the Tonle Sap

Floating Villages – Kompong Phluk

Cultural Activities and Traditional Performances

We hope that you’ve set aside plenty of time during your trip to discover Cambodia’s culture. It remains a very traditional country, filled with unique stories, arts, and plenty to learn. Some recent tragedies almost destroyed what made Khmer people, Khmer, but they are resilient. Now, they are breathing life back into their cuisine, arts, and culture.

Get a Deeper Understanding of the Culture

The best way to learn something is to practice it. So don’t just read books about our culture, go out and experience it first hand. We guarantee that by interacting with locals, checking out ancient Khmer relics, and sharing food and drinks, you’ll learn fast and have a lot of fun along the way!

1. Angkor Travel PhotographyAre you a wannabe photographer or a master with a camera? No matter your skill level, head out with the professional photographers at Angkor Travel Photography to capture the beauty of Khmer temples and pagodas, the countryside and the markets, and the smiling locals!

 

Angkor Travel Photography

 

2. Cambodian Cultural VillageIt’s way too easy to lose track of time and spend the whole day at the Cambodian Cultural Village. Learn about Khmer history and culture, watch live performances, browse museums, and sample the local cuisine!

 

Cambodian Cultural Village

 

3. Angkor National MuseumBrowse the Angkor National Museum to find some of the oldest Cambodian relics and artifacts. The museum focuses on the Golden Days of the Khmer Empire and tells the story of how the Kingdom became what it is today.

 

ancient Khmer relics in the Angkor National Museum

Angkor National Museum

Watch Live Traditional Performances

Another way to experience and learn more about our culture is through storytelling. From ancient Khmer settings to modern day accounts in our capital city, watch our unique tales come to life!

1. Phare, the Cambodian CircusA must-visit while in Siem Reap, Phare the Cambodian Circus will blow you away with their emotional Khmer stories told through daring feats of strength and acrobatics. You’ve never seen a circus like this.

 

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Phare, the Cambodian Circus

 

2. Koulen Restaurant Apsara Dinner ShowShow up at Koulen Restaurant around 7:00 pm and enjoy a lovely international buffet while watching stories of ancient mythical creatures and gods of the Khmer Empire come to life!

 

beautiful apsara dancers on stage

Koulen Restaurant Apsara Dinner Show

 

3. Por Cuisine Apsara Dinner ShowDive into Cambodia’s unique and diverse culture with a visit to Por Cuisine. Treat your palate to an array of flavors from both the East and the West while watching ancient Khmer tales come to life!

 

five Apsara dancers on stage at Por Cuisine

Por Cuisine Apsara Dinner Show

 

4. Smile of AngkorSit back, relax, and take a look at life in Cambodia during the 10th Century! Smile of Angkor is one of Siem Reap’s oldest live performances showing life inside Angkor Wat during the reign of King Suryavarman II.

 

large Smile of Angkor performance with lights

Smile of Angkor

We want to hear from you! What do you think of our long list of things to do in Siem Reap? Want to add something or ask a question? You can contact us in the comments or connect with us on Facebook.