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Cambodia: What to do in Siem Reap?

Siem Reap

Top Three Things to Do in Siem Reap Cambodia // What to Do in Siem Reap Cambodia - Apart from the obvious of having to visit Angkor Wat, I was blown away by the beauty of the city itself - getting lost in the alleyways to take photos rewarded me with a side of the city that I would otherwise never have seen. And then we braved it and tried something that really pushed me out of my comfort zone...click on the Pin to read more!

 

1) Explore the Alleyways

 

Siem Reap is a pretty little town. No, I mean really PRETTY! Some alleyways of Siem Reap somehow reminded me of France or Italy – it seemed so ‘European’. I loved all the little beautiful cafes and restaurants. The atmosphere, especially in the evening, was so inviting. If you fancy partying – you’ll find a street with plenty of bars and clubs.

Siem Reap has something to offer for everyone; for the laid – back amongst us or the party animals.

See for yourself.

Siem Reap - Cambodia

Pretty things everywhere you look!


Siem Reap - Cambodia

Oh so quaint!


Siem Reap - Cambodia

Feels more like Europe, huh?


Siem Reap - Cambodia

The party scene in Siem Reap – didn’t expect that, did you?

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2) Do Angkor Wat by Trycicle

 

Siem Reap, of course, is also the town to base yourself if you intend to visit the famous temples of Angkor Wat. I thouroughly recommend at least two days to visit the temples – but I don’t think three are necessary, to be honest. We managed to see most of the temples in two days. Thanks to the recommendation from the guys over at Getting Stamped, I contacted Sok Menea, a really reliable tricycle driver who I cannot recommend highly enough! He was our own personal chauffeur for the days when we explored the temples of Angkor.

If you are looking for someone to take you around (or to simply pick you up / drop you off anywhere), get in touch with him:

Phone: 092 9493 79 OR 098 9291 12

Email: sokmeneatuktuk@hotmail.com or

Facebook.

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Angkor Wat & temples Cambodia

Incredible, huh?


Angkor Wat & temples Cambodia

Post-card shot from Angkor Wat at sunrise

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Where there is a horse, there is a Ben.

Where there is a horse, there is a Ben.

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The best Tricycle driver in the whole of Cambodia - Sok Menea

The best Tricycle driver in the whole of Cambodia – Sok Menea

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3) Do Horse-back riding

 

Horse-back riding in Siem Reap was a fantastic experience! Riding through the country side makes for a wonderful way to explore the ‘real’ Cambodia. All levels are welcome and you can choose how long you want to ride for. Ben, an advanced rider, booked it for two hours, while I, a beginner, only went for one. After 1 hour I went back with the one guide and he continued with another guide to do some more fast-paced riding (which I would have been too overwhelmed to do…I was happy if I managed to stay on the horse ;)).

If you are interested to do riding in Siem Reap, book directly with Happy Ranch here.

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Happy Ranch - Siem Reap

Happy Ranch – Siem Reap


Pretending I'm a Pro.

Pretending I’m a Pro.


My horse is too big - his is too small.

My horse is too big – his is too small.


Happy me!

Happy me!

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Heart IconHave you been to Cambodia? Planning on going? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

 

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What to Do in Siem Reap

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12 Comments

  • Jenia

    08.07.2015 at 15:45 Reply

    So neat — I had no idea about horseback riding in Siem Reap. We did 3 days of temples, and a few days of relaxing by the pool because when we were there in March it was blazing hot y 9 am. But I imagine in cooler months sports activities would be great!
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    • Serendipity Tess

      09.07.2015 at 16:20 Reply

      Hi Jenia, i know what you mean re heat! We were there in April and it was unbearably hot at times. But then we went horse-riding in the afternoon and it was surprisingly ok. It was a lot of fun 🙂

  • Duke Stewart

    09.07.2015 at 05:19 Reply

    Tess,

    I couldn’t agree with you more about only needing 2 days to complete the better-known temples. After those hot and long days out at the temples, I was a bit burned out and was due for a break from those mammoth yet beautiful places. I wish we had stuck around for sunrise at Angkor Wat but opted for a mid-day visit. It was still pretty awesome, though I’m pretty envious of your shot.

    Honestly, I was way too wiped to do much more than a beer or two on pub street. Haha! Still though, I miss those Anchor beers that were oh so cheap. Siem Reap is a wonderful city and I hope that our next visit gives us at least a day there. Thanks for giving me some memories back to a wonderful trip. This was a great read and will make an awesome guide to any prospective Angkor/Siem Reap visitors.

    Take Care Tess.
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    • Serendipity Tess

      09.07.2015 at 16:29 Reply

      Hi Duke, awww you’re amazing! Thank you for your lovely comment 😀 I can sense that you were very fond of Cambodia. Not surprising, it is a wonderful country! I loved Siem Reap and actually preferred it to Phnom Penh. I really think it is a charming little town. The atmosphere is special – especially at night. Agree on those beers 🙂 i travelled to Australia not long after Cambodia where a beer costs 10$ (in Western Australia)…a shocker after coming from SE-Asia! Glad you enjoyed my little guide 🙂

  • Lillian

    11.01.2016 at 20:26 Reply

    The recent season of Survivor took place in Cambodia and the show did justice in showing the country’s lush and awe-inspiring beauty. It’s a place that should be in anyone’s travel bucketlist.
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    • Serendipity Tess

      12.01.2016 at 11:24 Reply

      I agree! Cambodia is breathtakingly beautiful 🙂 I would go back there tomorrow! 🙂

  • Shana w

    27.02.2016 at 11:32 Reply

    We are leaving bright and early Monday morning for a week in Siem Reap. I can’t wait. Thank you for tips and beautiful pics.

    • Serendipity Tess

      27.02.2016 at 15:42 Reply

      Awww! Thank you for commenting and I’m glad you like my little guide on Siem Reap! Have a fabulous time 🙂 Let me know how you liked it!

  • stephanie

    10.11.2016 at 08:45 Reply

    Ive been to Siem Rap twice and loved this cute little town.
    I thought i had seen everything here but I did not know you could do horseriding, would had been fun!
    x

    • Serendipity Tess

      11.11.2016 at 17:22 Reply

      The horseriding is one of my favourite memories of my time in Cambodia! It was awesome!

  • James G

    21.07.2017 at 13:17 Reply

    I have visited Siem Reap twice now, first in 1999 and again in 2017. The place has changed so much, but is still a great place to visit. Still one of SEAsias must visit places.
    On my recent visit I decided to view the Temples from the Air in a very small FoxBat plane, you really get the scale of the Temples and how they relate to each other, a great experience and my pilot/guide Sergei even let me fly the plane. It may be expensive, but well worth it.
    The beer is very cheap, the food isn’t as cheap as other SEA countries, but it’s just as nice.
    Duty free at the airport is very expensive, it’s cheaper to get anything from the shops.
    The one thing I think that still needs improvement is the lack of street/road sign, it makes using maps almost useless, good job I had Google Maps.

    • Serendipity Tess

      23.09.2017 at 18:49 Reply

      Hi James, thank you for your lovely comment – wow! I would have loved to have seen the place back then….I heard this from a lot of people that essentially the whole travelling experience was a whole lot different 10 – 15 years ago. But I did enjoy it nevertheless…although there were so many tourists…incredible! Yeah I agree on the street signs… 😉

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