Three must-do activities in Siem Reap... that aren’t Angkor Wat!Discovery, Serenity | 29 April 2016
Though the stunning scale and beauty of Angkor Wat tends to dominate any itinerary when visiting Siem Reap, there is typically only so many temple excursions an individual can handle, and so much more is offered by the area’s landscape. When you’re finished with the once-in-a-lifetime experience of Angkor, consider checking out these other things to do in Siem Reap.
#1: Experience stunning contrast on a bike tour
A bike tour is a fantastic way to experience many destinations, and Siem Reap is certainly no exception. Glide along rural terrain experiencing the landscape at your own pace. Bike tours offering a variety of scenery are most valuable for experiencing the stunning contrast of the region. Local farmers and their rice paddies, small villages and pagodas slowly transition toward the bustle of Siem Reap's culturally rich centre, where vibrant local markets, artistic hubs and incredible riverside attractions can be experienced at a leisurely pace. The contrast between the varied landscape and intensity of cultural character is made even more unique by taking in the view from atop two handlebars.
#2: Take a cooking class after exploring different Cambodian ingredients and recipes throughout local markets
Exploring the busy marketplaces typically found in Asia can be overwhelming, and makes acquisition of the right products and materials particularly challenging. Finding an insider to help navigate these hectic markets can significantly reduce the sense of chaos and stress sometimes experienced. Knowing the best stalls, standard costs and bargaining tactics are all essential for maximum appreciation of these markets and can boost your enjoyment exponentially.
Learning how to prepare the ingredients into traditional Cambodian cuisine rounds off the complete local experience. Anantara Angkor Resort's traditional Khmer cooking class combines these two essential elements and provides an insider’s look into the entire experience of preparing meals from start to finish – plus imparts valuable knowledge and skills for the navigation of this new culinary environment.
#3: Almost as essential as Angkor Wat - a visit to Pub Street is the perfect wrap to your Siem Reap experience
As the sun begins to set, this popular street becomes a popular entertainment hub, boasting a wide array of pubs and restaurants, all within close proximity to Siem Reap’s old market. Numerous alleyways extend from the main street, each with their own unique character and theme. Particularly interesting is 'Alley West', an alley which runs parallel to Pub Street in which the artistic spirit of old Siem Reap is said to be embodied. The entire area is perfect for enjoying an endless stream of music, a quick meal, and souvenir shopping.