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There’s much more to Siem Reap than the Angkor temples. Enjoy the ruins for a few hours every day, then head back to town and unwind a little. Experience nature and wildlife tours, visit unique museums, camp out at a day spa, or hit the streets and watch the colorful cultural display that is Cambodia.

Things to do in Angkor

Angkor National Museum

Before you visit the temples, learn about them at this museum. Multi-media (and multi-lingual) presentations and high-tech displays reveal the history behind Angkor Wat and demonstrate what life was like at the height of Cambodia’s golden era. You'll also see how archeologists uncovered the massive city. Open daily 9am-8pm.

Sala Kanseng Village; 968 Charles de Gaulle Rd., 011-855-63-966-601,
Tags: family | trendy | things to do | history

Angkor Silk Farm

See where silk comes from: the worms, the cocoons, and the process by which it is spun, dyed, and woven. Shuttle buses run to the silk farm from Chantiers-Ecoles at the handcraft center in Siem Reap at 9:30am and 1:30pm daily. Be prepared to shop after the tour. Open daily 7am-5pm.

Centre National de la Soie (CNS), 10 miles west of Siem Reap, 011-855-63-380-375,
Tags: things to do | tour | crafts

Balloon Ride

Get a better sense of the sheer size of the Angkor ruins by floating high above the jungle. For a fairly low price (under $30), this tethered helium balloon takes guests up to 600 feet above the ancient city for a rare bird’s-eye-view.

0.5 miles west of Angkor Wat, 011-855-12-520-810
Tags: great value | views | things to do | tour

Cambodia Cultural Village

Milking tourists for every dollar, this village-turned-theme park is still worth the $10 entrance fee simply because it’s fun and educational. Learn all about Cambodia’s culture, history, and traditions, while simultaneously experiencing a whole breadth of local architecture. Activities include everything from foot massage to archery. End with some serious souvenir shopping.

Khum Svay Dang Kum, Krus Village, National Road (Airport Road) #6, 011-855-63-963-098,
Tags: smart splurge | things to do | history | souvenirs

Cambodia Landmine Museum

The ugly legacy of Cambodia’s many landmines is turned into something positive at this memorial museum and development project, the first of its kind in the world. The fund promotes awareness of landmine issues in a display of disarmed mines and armaments (see if you can spot the hidden mines in the museum garden – don’t worry, they’re deactivated). Proceeds go to help children and family victims of the explosives.

4 miles south of Banteay Srey Temple on main road leading from Siem Reap, 519-565-2684 (Canadian number),
Tags: things to do | history | museum

Crocodile Farm

Come face to snout with Cambodia’s most ferocious beast. On the banks of the Tonle Sap, this farm raises thousands of Siamese crocs for their skins and meat. Take pictures, touch a crocodile, and experience the wild side of the jungle.

Phnom Krom Rd. (1 mile south of Siem Reap), 011-855-12-927-718
Tags: things to do | history | wildlife

Elephant Ride

Friendly Asian elephants carry passengers around the Bayon temple near the south gate of Angkor Thom for 20-minute rides ($10-15). Late afternoon rides go from Phnom Bakheng and up the hill for sunset views of the ruins.

near the south gate of Angkor Thom,
Tags: views | things to do | tour

Seeing Hands Spa

Exhausted from a day’s sightseeing? Massage opportunities abound in Siem Reap, but nothing beats the feel-good experience at Seeing Hands, a Cambodian chain that has made a name for itself by training and then employing blind individuals as masseurs. For as little as $4 an hour they will soften your tired muscles and earn a living in the process.

24 Sivatha St., 011-855-12-836-487
Tags: spa | great value | things to do

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