Located in northwestern of Cambodia, Siem Reap is the main tourist attraction in Cambodia thanks to its location closest to Angkor Temple. Most of the temples discovered like Angkor Wat (built by King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century) are tourist attractions. Siem Reap has Chinatown located in the West Quarter, around the old market. The city has a theater performing the Apsara dance, craft shops, silkworm farms and rural rice fields, and the fishing village, melaleuca bird near Tonlé Sap Lake. Today, Siem Reap tourism is an ideal choice for tourists. Let’s follow Focus Asia Travel and explore these destinations.
Visiting Angkor Wat
As a symbol of the country of pagodas, Angkor Wat worships the god Vishnu, which is the best preserved temple in the region and still retains the religious center position. This is also the symbol on the national flag of Cambodia .
Watching the sunrise or sunset in Angkor through a hot air balloon
An option for you when visiting Angkor is to admire the panoramic view of the Angkor complex from above through a hot air balloon, especially at dawn or sunset. The higher you go, the more majestic Angkor you will see and of course don’t forget to take a few photos to capture the memories.
Using tuk tuk
Tuk tuk is a popular mean of transportation that you should try when traveling to Siem Reap.
Not only Angkor Wat, Angkor complex includes more than 1,000 temples and tombs with unique Khmer architecture, which is considered as the largest religious relic in the world. To visit this complex, visitors can choose to buy tickets for 1 day, 3 days or 7 days.
Visiting the Artisan D’Angkor handicraft production center
Artisan D’Angkor is a place to preserve and develop Khmer art through the production of handicrafts. Coming here, visitors can also buy many unique products as gifts.
Learn to make pottery
Traveling to Siem Reap, visitors can try to make pottery at the Khmer Pottery Arts Center. Most of the products here are made entirely by hand of local craftsmen.
Visiting the old market
Also known as Phsar Chas, this market is located in the center of Siem Reap with more than 100 stalls selling all kinds of products at affordable prices. In particular, the most popular items here are silk products.
Shopping at the Angkor night market
Angkor Night Market is a worth-stop place for those who want to learn the culture of Cambodia. The market is usually open from 4 pm until midnight with a variety of items, especially bandanas, silverware, jewelry, etc.
Fish foot massage
Traveling to Siem Reap at night, you can go for massage, especially fish foot massage, for about 5 – 10 USD.
Shopping at “Made in Cambodia” market
Held on the first and third Saturday of the month, this is the ideal place for visitors to shop for typical Cambodian handicrafts and immerse themselves in live music performances.