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Other Things to do in Siem Reap

As enthralling as the temples of Angkor may be, there are lots of other things to see and do in Siem Reap besides touring Angkor and hanging out on Pub Street - cultural and countryside tours, Cooking Classes, Traditional Dance, Cambodian Circus, the famous Landmine Museum, floating villages on the Tonle Sap...

 

Seeing a bit of Cambodia away from the temples can help avert ‘temple-burnout’ and round out your Cambodian experience. It also helps Cambodia by taking some of the tourist pressure off of the temples and main temple area, and it helps spread the tourism dollars a bit more widely. In addition to the following suggestions, check out the sections on visiting the Tonle Sap Lake and bird watching at Prek Toal, and on traditional dance performance.

Traditional Dance  *  Tonle Sap Lake  *  Birdwatching  * 

Beatocello  *  Zipline Adventure  *  Pagodas  *  Silk Farms  * 

Helicopters  *  Phare Circus  *  Cooking Classes  *  Massage Classes  *  Ceramics Classes  *  Countryside  *  The Great Escape  *  Golf   *  Tattoos  *  Landmine Museum  *  War Museum  *  9D Cinema

9D Cinema Rides
9D Cinema rides - an exciting simulator ride, great fun for the whole family! The intimate 9D theater plays 9D animated movies with surround sound, 'active motion' luxury seats and loads of dramatic effects such as rain, fog, lightning, wind, snow and more - offering a "the ultimate in sensory cinema experiences." Located inside the China Tang Market in the center of town, on Sivutha Street at the corner of Night Market road, just 2-minutes from Pub Street.

Tel: 096-8183109
www.9drides.com

Inside the China Tang Market, Sivutha Blvd, corner of Night Market Road

Angkor Hospital for Children 
The Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC), is a charitable organization, was founded by renowned Japanese photographer Kenro Izu in 1999. The hospital provides treatment and care to local children as well as children from neighboring provinces. The hospital is recognized by Cambodian’s Ministry of Health as an official teaching hospital and AHC’s Medical Education Center serves as a training site for health professionals from all over Cambodia. Our Capacity Building and Health Education Program works to strengthen the capacity and improve the quality of local health practices. The Friends Center at Angkor Hospital for Children gives visitors the unique opportunity to visit the hospital and learn more about its programs. Designed for environmental sustainability with the purpose of educating about the hospital the Friends Center also displays prints donated by Kenro Izu and hosts rotating art and photography exhibitions. The donation of money and blood are much appreciated! 

Tel: 063-963409

www.angkorhospital.org

Tep Vong Street, Old French Quarter

Apsara Dance Performances 

It has been a tradition since the earliest days of tourism in the 19th century to treat visitors to Siem Reap with a ‘Apsara dance performance’ - a taste of classical Khmer culture. These days no visit to Cambodia is complete without attending at least one traditional performance.

 

In Siem Reap dinner performances are now the most popular venue with most places offering buffet or set menus combined with a one-hour traditional performance, usually dance though some places also offer traditional puppet performances.

 

Dinner ordinarily begins at 6:00 or 7:00PM and the performance at 7:30PM or 8:00PM. The usual dance performance consists of 4 or 5 different dances, both classical and folk dancing. Most dinner performances run $10-$35 including dinner and admission. Some place do not charge admission for the performance, but you are expected to order dinner. For the best seats, call for reservations.

 

See Khmer Traditional Dance and Performances page for performance venues, schedules and more on Traditional Khmer Dance.

 

Bird Watching and Environmental Tours

Siem Reap offers some unique bird watching opportunities. The Prek Toal bird sanctuary on the Tonle Sap Lake and the Ang Trapeng Thmor reservoir northeast of Siem Reap both are home to many rare and threatened species. For the Prek Toal bird sanctuary see on the Tonle Sap page.

 

(The following about Ang Trapeng Thmor comes courtesy of the Sam Veasna Center.) Originating as a reservoir on the Angkorian highway 66 it was rebuilt as a man-made irrigation and water storage reservoir by slave labor during the Khmer Rouge Regime in 1976. The reservoir now harbors a unique wetland associated with grassland, dipterocarp forests and paddy fields. Aside from being a feeding ground for more than 300 Sarus Crane in the dry (non-breeding) season, more than 200 species of other birds occur here, of which 18 have been classified as globally or near globally threatened. This is also one of the handful of sites in Cambodia where the endangered Eld’s Deer can be seen. Colonies of fruit bats inhabit larger trees that are often semi submerged on the edge of the reservoir.

The best time to see the Sarus Crane is from February to May though an abundance of bird species can be viewed all year. There is also a hill top Angkorian temple a few kilometers into the forest while traditional silk weaving is still practiced in the adjacent village. A boat trip can be taken on the reservoir which depending on the time of year is 11km along and 8 wide and offers fantastic views of the surrounding countryside

Officially declared a Sarus Crane Reserve by Royal Decree in 2000 the area designated covers over 12000 Hectares, following the work of Sam Veasna and his friends at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), all foreign visitors are required are required to register at the WCS Office in the adjacent village.

ATT is a day trip from Siem Reap though accommodation can be arranged at the WCS HQ (Tel: 012-703033) or organized through the Sam Veasna Center in Siem Reap (Tel: 012-520828) in the adjacent village, giving birdwatchers the chance of dawn sightings and offering the opportunity of visiting the massive Angkorian temple complex of Banteay Chmar.

 

Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB)

ACCB is the first nature conservation center in Cambodia, located near Kbal Spean, about one hour north of Siem Reap. The aims of the center are the rescue, rehabilitation, breeding and reintroduction of threatened wildlife, in combination with an environmental education program, promoting wildlife conservation and training local villagers in the sustainable use of natural resources. Free guided center tour Monday to Friday at 13:00 (for groups, other times can be arranged).

Tel: 011-426856, 099-604017

www.accb-cambodia.org

Sam Veasna Center (SVC)

SVC organizes half or full day trips focusing on birds but offering a glimpse of Cambodian rural life with a trained local guide. SVC was set up to promote wildlife conservation in Cambodia. It works together with the Wildlife Conservation Society and local village communities to develop remote sites close to the habitat of some spectacular bird life. The local communities benefit from the infrastructure set up for the visitors. Trips to see Sarus Crane at Ang Trapaeng Thmor, Giant and White Shouldered Ibis at Tamtboey, A vulture restaurant at Chhep amongst others, plus some of the most beautiful and unspoiled countryside in Cambodia.

Tel: 063-963710

bookings@samveasna.org

www.samveasna.org

Beatocello 
Dr. Beat Richner plays Bach on the cello and speaks about the activities of his children’s hospitals (Jayavarman VII in Siem Reap, Kantha Bopha 1 and 2 in Phnom Penh) every Friday and Saturday evening at 7:15PM. Performances are held at the Jayavarman VII Hospital, located on the road to Angkor Wat in Siem Reap. Dr. Richner provides an entertaining and worthy Saturday evening. The hospital welcomes both monetary and blood donations.

www.beatocello.com

Charles de Gaulle Blvd, (road to Angkor Wat,) Jayavarman VII Children's Hospital

 

Balloon Rides 

Take a tethered helium balloon ride 200 meters straight up for a pretty good aerial view of Angkor Wat (1km away), the surrounding countryside and a couple of other temples peeking up through the jungle. The balloon itself does not float free, but is attached to the ground by a heavy teather that is reeled out then back in to allow the balloon to rise and return to the ground. The balloon itself is filled with helium with a fenced in gondola capable of holding more than a a couple dozen people. They give you about 10-15 minutes at the top, more than enough time to take in the full panorama and take plenty of pictures. The balloon does not run during inclement weather and is best on days that are not too windy. The big, yellow balloon is based about 1km east of Angkor Wat on the road from the airport. You can't miss it. Usually you can show up without reservations and be on the balloon within 15-40 minutes. Admission $15/adult; $7.50/child.  

East/West Road between Angkor Wat and Airport, about 1km west of Angkor Wat

Butterfly Gardens

 

Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre

An interactive butterfly exhibit located 25 km north of Siem Reap, on the road to the Banteay Srey temple. The exhibit consists of a netted tropical garden with thousands of free-flying butterflies, all of which are native species to Cambodia. The enclosure provides visitors with an interactive and visual environment to learn about butterflies.

 

If, as part of your temple tour, your are heading out top see the distant but spectacular Banteay Srey temple, that is the perfect time to drop into the Banteay Srey butterfly garden for a break from the temple and the road.  Open: 7 days a week, 9 am - 5 pm, all year round. Admission: Adult: $4; Child: $2

Tel: 097-8527852

www.angkorbutterfly.com

Butterflies Garden Restaurant

Running sonce 1999. Butterfly Gardens is a unique butterfly enclosure with over 1,500 tropical butterflies and a koi pond in a romantic, private garden on a quiet street in the center of town. In addition to being a butterfly enclosure, Butterfly Gardens also is a cafe serving creative tropical cuisine, including unique Khmer specialties. Fresh juices, shakes, beer, wine and cocktails. A very unique place to take a meal or a drink and soak up the peaceful atmosphere. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

 

Conveniently located in town in the Wat Bo area, just a 2-minute tuk-tuk ride from the Old Market area.

#535, Street 25, Wat Bo area

Tel: 063-761211

www.butterfliesofangkor.com

Circus/Theater/Cabaret

 

Phare Cambodian Circus

"Siem Reap's Incredible Phare Circus"

- CNN Travel.

More than just a circus, Phare performers use theater, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories; historical, folk and modern. The young circus artists will astonish you with their energy, emotion, enthusiasm and talent. Phare artists receive free artistic and academic education at the NGO school Phare Ponleu Selpak in Battambang. Phare the Cambodian Circus offers the artists professional development and gainful employment. Nightly performances at 8:00PM. Highly recommended.

Current location behind the Angkor National Museum. New location (as of Jan. 15, 2016) at the intersection of Sok San Rd and the Ring Rd, behind Happy Ranch Horse Farm

Tel: 015-499480, 092-225320
http://pharecircus.org  

Rosana Broadway

Combination tradition Cambodian dance performance and Broadway-style stage show in the spirit of a full-cast cross-dressing cabaret. Music, dance, extravagant costumes, cross-dressing cast, themes from Cambodia, Japan, Vietnam, England, China, India, Korea Dozens of performers. Quite an spectacular performance, especially the cabaret.

Route #6, east of town, in the Phsar Leu area

Tel: 063-769991-6

http://www.rosanabroadway.com

Classes: Cooking, Ceramics, Yoga

 

Ceramics Classes

Khmer Ceramics

Create your own replica of Khmer ceramics within 2 hours. No experience required, made by you on the potter's wheel using traditional techniques. Potters will guide you through the process. Also offering an “Art Activity”: Draw and/or paint your own design on mug, bowl, box, Buddha. A unique opportunity to discover your buried artistic talent. Stamps, stencils, and pattern books available. Free pickup. Your creation will be fixed/fired/glazed and delivered to your hotel in 24 hours. 8AM-7:30PM everyday. Road to Angkor Wat.

Road to Angkor Wat

Tel: +(855)(0)17-843014

www.khmerceramics.com

 

Cooking Classes and Food Tours

Alliance Café

Half day Cambodian cooking classes at the Alliance Café by a Khmer chef. Begin with a trip to a traditional market to select the ingredients. Cook and dine on several Khmer recipes. Wat Damnak area

Tel: 063-964940
www.allianceangkor.com

Ankgor Street Eats

Daily walking food tours across Siem Reap to see and sample Cambodian street foods and cafes, as well as getting a nice introduction to local culture. Cambodian tour guides will take you through local food markets, Cambodian street stalls, and little hole-in-the-wall cafes. The emphasis is on keeping it local – local guides, local foods, local knowledge – and keeping it fun friendly. Special dietary requirements can be accommodated. Just let them know your requirements. Tours are 4 hours. Special rates for kids.

Tel: 087-686872

http://angkorstreeteats.com

Beyond Unique Escapes

Half and full day Cambodian cooking courses held in a rural setting just 10 minutes from Siem Reap. Maximum six people per class. Booking is essential.

Corner Sivutha Blvd & Alley West

Tel: 063-969269, 077-562565
www.beyonduniqueescapes.com

Champey Cooking Class

Twice daily, hands-on cooking classes with a Cambodian Chef. Visit the market, prepare dishes and try them all. Classes held near the Old Market in a classic house with front/rear gardens. Complementary DVD, recipe book, spices, certificate.
Reservations: 077-566455

http://www.restaurant-siemreap.com/html/CHAMPEYCOOKINGCLASS.php

Peace Cafe

The Peace Café in the Wat Bo area holds regularly scheduled vegetarian cooking classes. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 11:00AM-1:00PM. $20/person, no appointment needed. Lunch included.

Tel: 092-177127

www.peacecafeangkor.org

The RiverGarden - Cooks in Tuk-Tuks

Restaurant is offering culinary tours and cooking courses focusing, of course, on local fare. Unique culinary tours such as ‘Cooks in Tuk Tuks’ and include a tour of a local market(s) with an introduction to local culinary culture, foods and ingredients, cooking equipment, etc. followed by cooking classes at the restaurant.

Call 063-963400 for schedule.

www.rivergardenboutique.com

Khmer Cocktail Classes at Asana Old Wooden House

Learn about the use of Cambodian herbs, spices and infused spirits to prepare unique cocktails.

On The Lane next to Pub Street

Tel: 092-987801

Peace Café

Wat Bo area. Regularly scheduled vegetarian cooking classes. Everyday at 11AM-1PM. $20/pax, no appointment needed. Lunch included.
Tel: 092-177127
www.peacecafeangkor.org

Siem Reap Food Tours

Journey beyond the usual tourist sites and explore one of Asia's least understood cuisines. Let Siem Reap Food Tours take you on a personal guided culinary tour where you'll meet — and eat — the authentic Cambodia. Morning and evening tours for one to four people.

Tel: 012-505542
www.siemreapfoodtours.com

Street Food Adventures

Street Food Adventures offers just that - walk amongs the local stalls and stand and “do it like the locals”, buying are sharing small snacks with friends and family - everything from dumplings and noodles to special fruits and fried crickets. Hotel pick up/drop off included.

Tel: 063-963400
www.rivergardenboutique.com 

 

Dance Classes

Apsara Dance Class
One hour initiation to Khmer ‘Apsara Dance’, including instruction in the meanings of the various movements and hand gestures. A fun, cultural, informative experience.  Monday - Friday at 4:00PM. Located on the 2nd floor of Body & Soul, on The Passage (Pub Street Alley).
Tel: 012-301170
Apsaradanceactivity@gmail.com
www.cambodianapsaradanceclass.com

 

Massage Classes

Body and Soul Spa Massage Class

Regularly scheduled classes from only US$15 – studying Khmer and Thai style massage a Reiki.

Located on The Passage (Pub Street Alley)

Tel: 092-226694

www.bodysoul-massage.com

 

Yoga Classes

The New Leaf Book Café

Yoga, Khmer and English lessons all available in a versatile space overlooking the Preah Prom Rath pagoda. “100% of profits are donated to local charities.”

Tel: 063-766016
www.facebook.com/NewLeafCafe.org

 

Countryside Tours and Temples
If your schedule allows, set aside a day or three to get out of the Siem Reap Town/main temple area and into the countryside. Within just a few kilometers of town the landscape turns to rice paddies, small towns and villages, offering an opportunity to get a look at 'real Cambodia' - the rural countryside where the vast majority of Cambodians live and work.

 

Some tour operators specialize in countryside and cultural tours and can help arrange a variety of trips - from a simple half day cultural tours of the nearby rural areas from the back of an air-conditioned car, to extensive multi-day motorcycle adventure tours of the countryside, distant temples and greater country tours outside of the Siem Reap area.

 

One of the more popular and easy ways to see a bit of countryside is to take a trip to one of the more distant temples such as Koh Ker, Beng Mealea, or Banteay Chhmar. Touring these temples, located well outside Siem Reap in jungled and rural areas, allows you not only to experience untouristed Angkorian temples but to to get a glimpse of the Cambodian countryside on the trip there and back. A stop in a village, often to see some NGO or charity project, is often included as part of the distant temple tour.

 

The Adventure Story
Specializing in mountain bike tours. Angkor, distant temples, cultural and countryside, Tonle Sap lake, tailored tours.
#37 New Street A behind U-Care
 

Tel: 069-801705, 095-727290
www.theadventurestory.com

Dancing Roads
Since 2000. Mountain bike tours. Distant temples, countryside, mountains, tailored tours.
#66c St. 368, Phnom Penh 

Tel: 012-884909, 095-727290
http://www.dancingroads.com

Hidden Cambodia Dirt Bike Tours
Hidden Cambodia Adventure Tours
Hidden Cambodia Tours

Single and multi-day all-inclusive, high end, cultural, ad- venture and humanitarian tours by 4WD vehicles, dirt bike and car to Koh Ker, Preah Vihear, Preah Khan temples and historic KR area, Anlong Veng. Tonle Sap Lake tours.
Just off the road to Angkor Wat

Tel: 012-655201
hiddencambodia@yahoo.com 
www.hiddencambodia.com

Kampoul Adventure Tour
Cultural and adventure tours. Tonle Sap Lake tours.
#0593 Wat Bo Road, Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Tel: 063-760909, 063-965865
www.adventure.com.kh

Ride Cambodia
Specializing in two-wheeled adventure tours - motorcycles (dirt bikes and cruisers), bicycles & quads. Professional, well planned and organized guided tours. Distant temples, Kulen Mountain, countryside tours and floating villages, Angkor tours, overnight and multi-day trips. 

Tel: 096-7553733, 096-7553734
http://ridecambodia.com 

Siem Reap Angkor Quad Bike Countryside Tour Co., Ltd
Quad Bike tours. One hours, multi-hour, half-day, full day, extreme tour overnighter. Countryside tours, rice paddies, pagodas, villages, more.
#169, Wat Damnak Road

Tel: 097-9651451, 012-324009

www.srquadbikeadventure.com

Terre Cambodge/Biking Cambodia

Mountain bike (TREK, GIANT) and trekking specialist. Overnights. Tonle Sap Lake boat tours (bird sanctuary, floating and stilted villages,) elephant trekking and more. Tailor made itineraries.
#R-30 Rolous Street - Borei Prem Prei

Tel: 077-448255, 092-476682
www.terrecambodge.com

www.bikingcambodia.net

The Great Escape

The Great Escape is a unique new interactive game where you participate directly in solving a mystery or puzzle of 'the room'- "it looks like any other ordinary room, it’s actually a mystery puzzle." Find the hidden objects, figure out the clues and solve the puzzles to earn your freedom and “Escape the Room.” You'll have 60 minutes, so it's a race against the clock. Groups welcome, come with friends, family, coworkers...

Tel: 063-5069777

great.escape.cambodia@gmail.com
http://greatescapecambodia.com

C-39 Angkor Shopping Arcade, National Hwy 6 (close to the Samsung service center)

 

Golf


Angkor Golf Resort

18 hole course, 7279 yards, par 72, built to challenge all levels of golfers and has been rated by the US PGA. The course’s maintenance is superb with the green paspallum grass. 300 yards grass range. Practice putting green.
Tel: 063-767688

www.angkor-golf.com

 

Phokeethra Country Club

Siem Reap’s first international golf club. 18-hole, 72 par golf course spread over 155 hectares and stretching 6.53kms. A combination of paspulum grasses allows for year round golf. Putting green, pitching area, driving range, pro-shop and restaurant. Managed by Sofitel Royal Angkor Golf & Spa Resort.

Located along Route #6 in Pouk district 16 kilometers from town
Tel: 012-882882

www.phokeethragolf.com

Helicopter Rides
 

Helistar Cambodia

Offers scenic helicopter tours of the temples beginning at US$90/person for an 8 minute jaunt around Angkor Wat. It isn’t a particularly cheap way to tour but the view is spectacular and memorable. Helistar Cambodia offers specialized tours, aerial photography and charter services. Multiple aircraft in service. Conveniently located at Siem Reap International Airport, Domestic Terminal. Walk-in customers welcome.

Tel: 063-966072, 012-449555
www.helistarcambodia.com

Office on National Road 6, Borey Angkor Arcade, diagonally opposite the Total petrol station

 

Museums in Siem Reap
 

Angkor National Museum
The Angkor National Museum in Siem Reap houses eight chronologically ordered galleries of Angkorian-era artifacts and multi-media presentations of Angkorian history and culture. The Museum had just opened its doors and was not quite completed at time of printing, but should be very soon. Admissions price: US$12 (for foreigners). $2 for a camera.

Open Hours: 8:30AM - 6:00PM

Located in town, on the road to the Angkor Park

www.angkornationalmuseum.com

Cambodia Land Mine Museum & Relief Facility

The museum has evolved from a small shack museum by former soldier and deminer Akira to a formal museum and charitable organization. The museum exhibits a variety of defused mines, bombs and other ordinance as well as information on mines, demining and Cambodia’s mine problem. Located 7km south of Banteay Srey. Open 7:30AM-5:30PM. Guided tours: M/T/Th/F 9AM-3PM. Located 7km south of Banteay Srey.

Located six km south of Banteay Srey
www.cambodialandminemuseum.org

Cambodian Cultural Village

A unique, sprawling new cultural attraction in Siem Reap, intended to introduce the visitor to Cambodian culture and history. Wax museum with scenes and figures from history. Fascinating 1/20th scale models of sites such as Phsar Thmey and the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh and the hills and temples of Oudong. Full scale models of a variety of Cambodian architectural types, including different styles of huts and homes, hill tribe houses, pagoda and mosque.

On Airport Road

Tel/Fax: +(855)(0)63-963836

www.cambodianculturalvillage.com

War Museum Cambodia

Displaying a wide variety of battlefield military hardware and equipment used in the wars in Cambodia over the last three decades of the 20th century. Heavy armor including T-54 tanks, anti-aircraft guns, artillery pieces, rocket launchers, APCs and piles of disarmed mines, bombs and shells. Interesting collection of (disarmed) small arms that you can handle. 8AM-5:30PM. 5km from town center, Airport Road. Admission: $5 for foreigners; $1 for Cambodians. Free guide service.

Tel: 012-873666

Located on Route #6 (Airport Road)

www.warmuseumcambodia.com

 

Pagodas & Shrines 
Over 95% of the Cambodian population is Buddhist and Buddhist pagodas are the traditional seat of Khmer culture. Siem Reap, like many Cambodian towns, is a collection of villages, which grew around individual pagodas, later coalescing into the town. To get a true feel for Cambodia, a visit to at least one pagoda is a must.

 

Pagoda grounds are colorful and photogenic places and most are open and welcoming to the general public. But if you visit a pagoda please be respectful of the place and people. Dress conservatively, remove your hat on pagoda grounds, remove your shoes before entering the vihear (main temple) and respect the privacy of monks and worshippers. See Ray Zepp’s book ‘The Pagoda's of Siem Reap’ for an introduction to Buddhism and a guide to Phnom Penh’s pagodas.

 

Shrine to Preah Ang Chek & Preah Ang Chorm

Of particular importance to the locals is the small shrine in front of the Grand Hotel D’Angkor containing two standing Buddhas of the names Preah Ang Chek (taller) and Preah Ang Chorm (shorter). They are surrounded by stories of power and indestructibility. Visitors are welcome to make offerings and take photos. The reverence of local pilgrims is palpable. 

Shrine to Ya Tep

Under a huge tree in the traffic circle in front of the royal residence is a statue of Ya Tep, a neak-ta. Neak-ta are powerful spirits connected to a particular area of land. Ya Tep is local to Siem Reap and is said to help bring protection (and winning lottery numbers) to the faithful. Offerings of chicken skins can often be seen around the shrine.

 

Wat Bo

Wat Bo is one of Siem Reap town's earlier pagodas, likely founded in the 18th century. (Wat Preah Prom Rath, reputedly Siem Reap's oldest, was founded in the 16th century.) The vihear of Wat Bo (the main temple building) is at least a century old, constructed with an old-style segmented roof. Like many Cambodian vihears the interior walls are adorned with paintings, but Wat Bo's paintings are quite uncommon. Instead of the usual scenes from Buddhist lore, the wall paintings of Wat Bo depict the Reamker, the Cambodian version of the classic Hindu epic the Ramayana. It is one of the few Cambodian pagodas to do so. Even the presentation of the paintings is unique, displayed in quilt-like patchwork, possibly inspired by a shadow puppet presentation of the epic. Look for the ordinary-life market scenes such as an opium-smoking Chinese merchant, the colonial era French officer at the market and the French soldiers attending a traditional dance performance. Also of interest is the large collection of Buddha statues located behind the main Buddha.

Wat Preah Prohm Rath

Idyllically situated wat on the river in the center of town near the Old Market. Foundations of the modern structures were laid in 1915, the main vihear was constructed in 1945. Reputedly a monastery as early as the 13th or 14th century, and then further established in the early 16th century, when the family of Ta Pum and Yeah Rath donated the land. 

 

 

Wat Keseram

“Pagoda of the Cornflower Petals”. Pastoral setting and extensive, detailed collection of the life of Buddha on the interior of the vihear make this one of the more interesting wats to visit. The date of establishment is unclear, but most agree that the vihear was constructed in the early 1970’s. 

 

 

Wat Thmei (New Wat)

The wat contains a unique glass-walled stupa containing the bones of victims of the Khmer Rouge. Some of the bones were recovered from a nearby well while others are the remains of soldiers who died on a nearby battlefield. 500m west of the road to Angkor about 1.5km north of town.

 

 

 

Peace Café Community Center
A unique community cafe/bakery offering fresh vegetarian food, cooking classes, meditation, yoga, monk chat, pilates, movies, free wifi, Fair Trade shop and values and eco-training. Relax in a lush garden and enjoy a hassle free and child-friendly atmosphere as well as fresh wholesome food. Recently moved so make sure to head for the new location on the river road north of Route #6.

Tel:
092-177127, 063-965210

peacecafeprogram@gmail.com
peacecafeangkor@gmail.com
www.peacecafeangkor.org

East River Road, North of Route #6, near Wat Preah An Kau Saa. From Amansara Resort, cross the old steel bridge and turn left, follow the river about 700 meters and you will Pace Cafe Angkor Sign on the right hand site.

Silk Farms

Cambodian silks are prized by collectors the world over. Most of the silk available in Cambodia are made from silk grown and collected in Cambodia and is hand-loomed using the traditional ikat method of dying the threads and looming in the patterns. The markets and silk shops in Siem reap offer both raw and fine silks in the form of bolts, sarongs, clothing and various handicrafts. For those with a special interest in silk, a trip to a local silk farm to see the silk making process is well-worth the time and effort. One of the longest running silk farms in the area, Pouk Silk Farm,  that also accepts visitors is run by Artisans d'Angkor and is located about 20 minute outside of town. Call or contact the Artisan d'Angkor shop in Siem Reap town (west of Sivutha Blvd, not far from the Old Market area), or book through a tour agent. Artisans d'Angkor run several daily free shuttle from their shop in Siem Reap to the Silk Farm.

 

Pouk Silk Farm
Offers the opportunity to enjoy the Cambodian countryside and learn about the age-old tradition of producing Cambodian silk. Take a free guided tour that explains the meticulous process of silk production, from cultivating mulberry bushes to the Cambodian ikat technique and the dyeing, weaving, and creation of silk fabrics. You can also purchase high-quality Cambodian silk products in their shop. Located in Pouk district, 20 minutes from Siem Reap town and open daily 8:00AM to 5.30PM. Free daily shuttle buses from Artisans Angkor showroom in Siem Reap at 9.30AM and 1.30PM.

Visa/MC/JCB/AMEX/ANZ
Rte #6, 16km west of town

Tel: 063-399064
www.artisansdangkor.com

Tattoos 

THE HARBOUR – featuring LexRoulorTattoo Parlor& a Metal Pirate Tavern
THE HARBOUR combines LexRoulor’s Tattoo Shop and a Hard-Rock Metal Pirate Tavern. The tattoo parlor’s team of 3 artists and 1 piercer. The French, Russian and Chinese artists cover pretty much all the styles: dotwork, geometric, watercolor or realistic. The Australian certified piercer can put a hole in every single part of your body, and also masters dermal insertions. The team is trained to followall western hygiene standards, and custom artwork and top quality are GUARANTEED. Also discover the Metal Pirate Tavern on the first floor, and sink into the dimmed atmosphere of candles and lanterns with metal as background music. Open: 10am – late.

Tel: 097-3042827

#347 SteungThmei, west of Sivutha Blvd, behind Artisans d’Angkor
www.theharboursiemreap.com
www.lexroulor.com
www.facebook.com/theharboursiemreap 

Neng Synat Tattoo Machine

Professional (local) Khmer tattoo artist since 2001. Tattoo by gun or by the traditional bamboo method. Hygienic, clean, safe & healthy. Good quality ink from USA and Japan. Using all disposable grips, tubes and needles, single use. The oldest one in town.
Sok San Rd, 200m west of Sivutha  

Tel: 012-804508
yousinath@yahoo.com

www.nengsynattattoo.com

RSD Tattoo

Long-running, well-known, well-reputed and respected tattoo studio from Phnom Penh, now in Siem Reap, located in the Old Market area. Cambodian and international artists. Open 9:00AM - 10:00PM
Located on Street 7 in the Old Market area, one block from Pub Street

Also two locations in Phnom Penh

Tel: 016-787816, 063-6666444

www.rsd-tattoo.com

Tonle Sap Lake Tours and Villages
The Tonle Sap Lake the most prominent feature on the map of Cambodia a huge dumbbell-shaped body of water stretching across the northwest of the country. In the wet season, the lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia, swelling to an expansive 12,000 km2.  The Lake sits only 15 km south of town, a unique eco-system and cultural area offering the opportunity to see a different side of the Siem Reap - floating and stilted villages, culture and nature tours, bird watching.

 

Most lake tours begin at the port at Chong Khneas village directly south of Siem Reap town. Everything from 1 hour to multi-day tours are available. The quickest, easiest boat tours run out of the Chong Khneas port, with local operators offer 1-2 hour tours of the floating village just off shore, usually including a stop at a floating fish farm/souvenir shop. Not exactly an 'authentic Cambodian experience' but at least providing a glimpse of life on the Lake. Half and full day tours to the amazing stilted village of Kampong Khleang, or the flooded forests of Kampong Phluk, or a trip to the Prek Toal Bird sanctuary, all offer a very unique look at Cambodian culture and ecology. See the Tonle Sap Lake page for more information on these destinations. 

 

You can go to Chong Khneas on your own and arrange a boat tour. Boats are always available for 1-2 hour tours, as well as to more distant villages like Kampong Khleng, but prices are in flux, and it can be difficult to identify a quality boat and operator. It is easier to arrange your boat trip though a Siem Reap tour agent, especially one that specializes in lake tours such as the following:

 

Hidden Cambodia Adventure Tours
Single and multi-day all-inclusive, high end, cultural, adventure and humanitarian tours by 4WD vehicles, dirt bike and car to Koh Ker, Preah Vihear, Preah Khan temples and historic KR area, Anlong Veng. Tonle Sap Lake tours.
Just off the road to Angkor Wat, Siem Reap

Tel: 012-655201, 012-934412
hiddencambodia@yahoo.com 
www.hiddencambodia.com

Kampoul Adventure Tour
Cultural and adventure tours. Tonle Sap Lake tours.
#0593, Wat Bo Road, Siem Reap

Tel: 063-760909, 063-965865
www.adventure.com.kh

Prek Toal Tours & Travel

Locally owned and operated tour operator, offering several tours, excursions and experiences on the Tonle Sap Lake. Bird watching at Prek Toal, cultural tours or floating and stilted village, eco-tours, custom arrangements.
Wat Damnak village, Sala Komruek Commune, Siem Reap
Tel: 077-797112, 093-707667
bookings@prektoal-tours.com
http://prektoal-tours.com

Sam Veasna Center (SVC)
Sam Veasna Center (SVC) organizes half or full day trips focusing on birds but offering a glimpse of Cambodian rural life with a trained local guide. SVC was set up to promote wildlife conservation in Cambodia. It works together with the Wildlife Conservation Society and local village communities to develop remote sites close to the habitat of some spectacular bird life. The local communities benefit from the infrastructure set up for the visitors. Trips to see Sarus Crane at Ang Trapaeng Thmor, Giant and White Shouldered Ibis at Tamtboey, A vulture restaurant at Chhep amongst others, plus some of the most beautiful and unspoiled countryside in Cambodia.

Tel: 063-761597

bookings@samveasna.org

www.samveasna.org

Tara River Boat
Tara Riverboat operates both half day trips and sunset tours of Chong Khneas floating village and stops at the Gecko Environmental Centre fish and a crocodile farm along the way. Meals and drinks are served on the boat. All boat tours include pick up and return to hotels and a guide. Price for half day is $27/person and sunset is $33/person. The sunset cruise includes all drinks including unlimited champagne, wines, beers, etc. and a 2 course meal. Tours to Prek Toal (bird sanctuary,) and Kampong Phluk, Kampong Khleang (traditional lake villages) and Battambang also available. These tours also include food, drinks, pick up and return to hotel in an a/c car. Price for Prek Toal tour is $125/person. The Kampong Phluk is $60/person. Tailored adventure tours on request.
Located at Chong Khneas floating village

Tel: 02-957765
info@taraboat.com 
www.taraboat.com

Terre Cambodge/Biking Cambodia

Mountain bike (TREK, GIANT) and trekking specialist. Overnights. Tonle Sap Lake boat tours (bird sanctuary, floating and stilted villages,) elephant trekking and more. Tailor made itineraries.
#R-30, Rolous Street - Borei Prem Prei

Tel: 077-448255, 092-476682
www.terrecambodge.com

www.bikingcambodia.net

Zipline Adventure

 

Flight of the Gibbon

International standard Zipline course in a dense piece of jungle actually within the Angkor Archaeological Park boundaries. From Flight of the Gibbon which also has well established Zipline courses in Thailand, in Chiang Mai and just outside Bangkok. The Angkor course is a world class zipline course claiming Southeast Asia's longest and highest ziplines. The course travels through dense jungle canopy, and includes 21 platforms, 10 ziplines, 4 sky bridges , a 50 ft. abseil finish and more. Guide accompany zipliners on every tour. Great fun for the family and groups of friends. Full day multi-adventure tours also available, combining the zipline adventure with ATV Quad adventures, temple tours, bicycling tours and more.  Book online or call for reservations. 

Cambodia telephone number: 096-9999101

International Phone number: +66-53-010660
www.treetopasia.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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