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You can’t truly say you have been to Siem Reap until you’ve checked these must see attractions off your travel list.
Along with the temples, there’s so much to see and do in Siem Reap that you might not have time to squeeze everything in. So we’ve put together a list of the Top 10 must sees and dos in temple town to help you make sure you make the most of your trip. Start here, and then jump online for the full list…
1. Visit the Angkor National Museum – Opened in 2008, the museum contains eight galleries of artifacts from the Angkorian era and more recent periods. Admission is $12 per head and there is also a “cultural mall” should you wish to buy a souvenir or two.
2. Visit the local markets – No trip to Siem Reap would be complete without a visit to one of the traditional markets, though they can be a little cramped and hot in the middle of the day. Don’t miss the Night Market too, which features over 100 outlets.
3. Enjoy a traditional dance performance – Dance is an integral part of Khmer culture, combining Apsara dances, folk dances and shadow puppetry. Several restaurants and hotels host evening performances.
4. Visit Senteurs d’Angkor workshop – Come in to the recently opened doors of the “Flavours and Fragrances” workshop and see how the raw ingredients – spices, tea, coffee, palm leaves, flowers, coconut oil, rice alcohol, and more – are selected with the greatest care and handcrafted.
5. Find out about furry friends finding landmines and saving lives – Get up close to mine sniffing mammals with a dog show at NPA Explosive Detection Dogs or a stop by to meet the rats at APOPO Visitor Center.
6. Take Photography class – See the temples through a photographer’s eye. Photographic workshop and guided tours around Angkor sites make sure you are in the right place at the right time and that you go home with the pictures you always dream about.
7. Play a round of golf – Siem Reap now has three international standard golf courses should you fancy a game, with green fees from about $140 for 18 holes.
8. Visit the Khmer Ceramics Centre – Watch trainees and master potters at work. You can even attend a Clay Class and make your own piece under supervision of Khmer Craftsmen, and they will deliver you artwork to your hotel or guesthouse within 24 hours.
9. See the temple from the air – Don’t limit yourself to experiencing the temples from ground level, check out the view from a balloon tethered 180 metres above ground. Or, if you’re feeling flush, take a helicopter ride or microlight flight and be the envy of all your friends.
10. Visit the silk farm – Located just 16km out of town, here you can witness the entire silk creation process from start to finish. Take a tour of the workshop and stop at the retail shop to buy some souvenirs.