It is natural to feel curious about a new country or region that you have never visited especially if discussions are going on regarding a vacation at that place. There are different things to do in Siem Reap, which is the capital city of the Siem Reap province of Cambodia. It has drawn millions of foreign travelers for decades because it is the main gateway to the famous Ankor Wat temple. What many people do not know about Siem Reap is that it offers a lot more than the pleasure of watching the ancient temple. There are many fun activities and new experiences waiting for you in this Cambodian city. Here we have listed the things to do in Siem Reap.
The Angkor Wat temple is truly magnificent. It is an ancient work of art, which deserves all the fame. This temple is the reason why so many foreign travelers visit Siem Reap every year. Angkor Wat is an UNESCO world heritage site. Visit the temple at the break of the dawn. The temple looks gorgeous when it reflects the very first rays of sunlight. Visit Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm too. You may keep two days of your vacation solely for exploring the giant temple and its surrounding premises. The Khmer people built the temple in the 12th century. You may opt for the three-day pass of visiting the temple, available at $40. Some of the temples in the vast premises have overgrown with local flora but still their beauty persists and continues to overwhelm the visitors.
Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary:
If you are a lover of nature then a visit to the famous Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary is necessary. In the past years, this bird sanctuary has become the principal breeding place for many of the endangered bird species of Southeast Asia. The guesthouses arrange the trip to the sanctuary for the visitors. You can also take a boat from the dock at Phnom Krom. A guided tour of the Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary will cost you around $25.
Enjoy the traditional Apsara dance:
For a tasteful evening, you should go watch the “heavenly dancers” at the Angkor temple. These dancers perform a special traditional dance in the ancient Khmer style. The dancers perform at most of the big hotels and resorts around this place but the quality of performance varies. You should get recommendations from the locals, and do some research on your own to get information about the most authentic performers. One of the best places for watching the traditional dance is the Apsara Terrace at the Raffles Grand Hotel.
Enroll for Khmer cooking classes:
The Cambodian cuisine is special. If you like the delicacies of the region, then go for a Khmer style cooking class at the Le Tigre de Papier. The chef will take you to the local market and help you acquaint with the cooking ingredients. Learn making the fish amok, spring rolls, sticky rice dessert and green mango salad so that you can throw a Cambodian style party at home any day.
Try the fishy foot massage:
The spas of Siem Reap offer some excellent treatments and massages. Enjoy reflexology treatments and full body massages. The spa ingredients are collected locally and consist of fresh herbs. The fish massage is one of the specialties around here. You will sit with your fit inside a huge glass tub while the fishes nibble off the dead skins from your feet.
Siem Reap is an interesting city that offers a host of activities for the visitors. Enjoy the local cuisine, visit the temples and ride the tuk-tuk while you are at this amazing Cambodian capital.