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Siem Reap Off the Beaten Path

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Everyone who visits Siem Reap visits the temples, and rightly so, they are very impressive! However, there are lots of other things to do that aren’t as well known, which means they aren’t as crowded either. These are some of the things I’ve discovered since living in Siem Reap, and I’m sure I’ll discover more. Any time I’ve got visitors in town, I will take them to a few of these great, out of the way places.

Good for
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

13 Places

8 City Tips

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13 Places

West Baray Lake

Bodies of Water

Georges Rhumerie Restaurant

Restaurants

Beatocello Concert

Concerts

Khmer Ways - Moto Adventures Day Tours

Sightseeing Tours

Photo Cambodia Tours and Workshops

Photography Tours

Angkor Fight Club

Health/Fitness Clubs & Gyms, Sports Camps & Clinics, Lessons & Workshops, Sports Complexes

Angkor Silk Farm

Farms

Prasat Phnom Krom

Valleys

Beng Mealea

Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites

Bab Tour - Butterfly Adventure Bike Tour - Private Tours

Bike Tours

Cambodia Landmine Museum

Speciality Museums

War Museum Cambodia

Military Museums

Silk Screen Printing Lab

Gift & Speciality Shops

Sarah R's City Tips

  • There are a of places to eat in Siem Reap! Most places are of a good standard, but check the prices; these are generally indicative of quality.
  • Tipping isn't expected. If I go to a place more than once I don't tip every time, but I do usually round up to the nearest 25 cents or dollar.
  • Bicycles! Okay, you need to be a bit brave during the busy season, but you can rent a bicycle for only a few dollars per day, and you will see a lot more of the area.
  • Tuk tuks: Find a driver you can rely on and keep him on call for the duration of your trip.
  • Motos: If you're on a budget, a motorbike is a cheaper way to travel than a tuk tuk, and good for short distances, although I would encourage wearing a helmet.
  • Dress conservatively for most of the activities I've listed here. Cover your shoulders and knees.
  • Don't give money to children! Just don't, it perpetuates a life of begging. Also refrain from giving money to people asking for baby formula, it is a scam and keeps vulnerable children out in the pub district late night. Not good.
  • Smile! A smile goes a long way here and it will make you feel good.
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    West Baray Lake
    Bodies of Water
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    Sarah R Says:

    West Baray Lake is only 10kms from Siem Reap town and is a really nice day out in the countryside. It’s an easy bicycle ride, though you can travel by tuk tuk if you prefer. Once you reach the water, most of the facilities are right there, and the Baray stretches out for about 5km. This is the closest thing to a seaside destination in the vicinity of Siem Reap, and it’s a pleasant and relaxing way to spend an afternoon. It’s entirely unlike any seaside location I’ve been to before. Hammocks are strung up under shelters throughout the main area, so you can select a hammock and a mat to camp out for the day. You won’t see many westerners here; this is where the locals hang out, so be prepared to relax their way — perhaps with noisy YouTube shows and music, as well as many mobile phones ringing. All in all though, it’s very chilled out. Lay back in your hammock and a smorgasbord of local snacks will parade by that you can purchase from the vendors — they go back and forth all day! Drinks are on hand in large red cooler boxes (eskys for any Australians reading,) and just ask and you can order barbecue chicken and rice — perfect Khmer picnic food.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take all of your rubbish with you as there isn’t rubbish collection at this location; be respectful of the environment.
    • Take your shoes off before you walk on the mats; they are for sitting on and where you eat.
    • Pay at the end for the drinks and food you order; pay as you go for individual snack vendors.
    • If you swim, be prepared to wear shorts and t-shirts into the water; no bare chests or bikinis please.
    • Be prepared to barter for somewhere to park your bicycle, for drinks, and entrance to the Baray. Be firm or you will spend a lot before you’ve even set foot on the sand.
    • If you’re keen, take a dip. There are rubber tubes for floating in and it’s a popular spot for swimming. I’m a scaredy cat, and as you can’t see the bottom of the water, I only paddle my feet.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #105 of 180 things to do in Siem Reap
    • Relaxing with the flies 24/05/2017
    • Picnic Spot 02/04/2017
    Address:
    west of Angkor Thom
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
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    Georges Rhumerie Restaurant
    Restaurants (Cajun & Creole)
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    Sarah R Says:

    This restaurant and rum showroom and bar is a short way from the main hustle and bustle of Siem Reap. They also have a stand at the Made in Cambodia Market every weekend where you can taste a selection of their delicious flavor-infused rums!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Look out for the tuk-tuks around town with celebrity caricatures promoting the restaurant!
    • It’s hard to recommend the nicest rum, they’re all pretty tasty.
    • The restaurant has lovely food and it’s definitely an experience to try both rum and food while you’re in Siem Reap.
    • If you are around for long enough to consume your rum here, then you can return the bottle for recycling.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 713 restaurants in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Mot really worth to try 22/06/2017
    • What a lovely fusion! 22/06/2017
    • Georges Rhumerie Restaurant
    Address:
    Georges' Ln
    Siem Reap 17259
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 96 861 7448
    Price range:
    US$1 - US$10
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    11:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Beatocello Concert
    Concerts
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    Sarah R Says:

    Once a week Dr Beat Richner performs a free cello concert, sharing his talents as a performer, with a request for donations to the Jayavarman VII Children’s Hospital. As a founder of the children’s hospitals in Siem Reap, ‘Beatocello’ shares his music in a heartfelt way that connects with the audience, and is another special contribution that he makes to the community and to visitors to Siem Reap.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Tip generously for this exceptional cause.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 14 Concerts & Shows in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Outstanding humaritarian work 13/03/2017
    • Dr. Beat Richner's children hospital 15/02/2017
    Address:
    Hospital Jayavarman VII
    on the roads towards Angkor Wat
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
    Other:
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    Khmer Ways - Moto Adventures Day Tours
    Sightseeing Tours
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    Sarah R Says:

    See Cambodia by motorcycle! Get into the countryside and see Cambodia like a local. The guides from Khmer Ways are all local, and the thing I love most about this company is that the majority of the team worked together previously in a moto workshop. This then evolved into the tour company it is today, with the assurance that if your moto breaks while you’re traveling, you’ve got an expert on hand to fix it!

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take the Kulen Mountain tour; it’s a great place to visit!
    • They have an excellent reputation for customer service, local knowledge, and including everything in the tour you may want.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #97 of 829 Tours in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Countryside trip! 11/06/2017
    • Lovely day out in the Cambodian Countryside 04/06/2017
    • Khmer Ways - Moto Adventures Day Tours
    Address:
    River road
    Wat Svay Village, Salakumreuk Commune
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 89 946 832
    Other:
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    Photo Cambodia Tours and Workshops
    Photography Tours
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    Sarah R Says:

    Eric has an impeccable reputation for his tours in Siem Reap. Sure you can take a snap on your smart phone, or click away on your camera, but if you want to capture Angkor Wat in a way that you can print and hang proudly on your wall when you get home, then Eric is just the man for the job. See the temples from a different perspective and learn some new photography skills at the same time. Eric is one of a number of very talented photographic tour leaders in Siem Reap.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Book early in high season (November to January).
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #185 of 829 Tours in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great tour and photography insight 23/04/2017
    • Hong Kong Photo Workshop 26/03/2017
    Phone:
    +855 12 299 659
    Other:
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    Angkor Fight Club
    Health/Fitness Clubs & Gyms, Sports Camps & Clinics, Lessons & Workshops, Sports Complexes
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    Sarah R Says:

    This gym is a short distance out of town and teaches all levels of Khmer and Muay Thai boxing. Beginners get a great introduction to Asian style boxing, and more experienced boxers can train in mixed martial arts and even enter tournaments. The owners are all experienced boxers and run regular classes, training sessions, and sparring sessions.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Ask the staff and instructors at the gym when the next fight is taking place.
    • There are also boxing matches at CTN Angkor Arena in town where you can buy tickets to spectate.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 13 Fun & Games in Siem Reap Province
    • Great space and great people 22/02/2017
    • Friendly gym with great instructors 07/01/2017
    • Angkor Fight Club
    Address:
    Bakheng Rd Krong Siem Reap
    Located just before Ecole d Francoise
    17252
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 95 839 725
    Price range:
    US$6 - US$6
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    08:00 - 20:00
    Fri
    15:00 - 20:00
    Sat
    08:00 - 15:00
    Other:
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    Angkor Silk Farm
    Farms
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    Sarah R Says:

    On my most recent visit to Siem Reap, I asked the guys at my guest house, who I’d gotten to know quite well, what was one more thing I should do before I left town. They suggested the silk farm, so I went. It was pretty interesting and showed the production from start to finish, some traditional dress, and then ended in the store. I was really impressed with the quality and style of the clothing and products they sell, and that they even had iPad covers! It was a great little trip for an hour or so.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Be prepared that even if you don't think you want to buy something in the shop, you really will want to buy something in the shop!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 180 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fascinating! 21/06/2017
    • Beautiful Little Silk Worms 15/06/2017
    • Angkor Silk Farm
    Address:
    Airport Road
    Puok District
    Siem Reap 17259
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 63 555 5768
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Prasat Phnom Krom
    Valleys
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    Sarah R Says:

    This is one of my favorite Sunday getaways. About a half hour's moto ride from Siem Reap, there are about a dozen ‘hammock cafes’ set up along the rice fields here. Take your pick; there is one with really good coconuts (I don’t know all of their names,) but anywhere you go you will enjoy the same beautiful sunset. If you continue past the hammocks you will enter the village, and if you’ve got your temple pass with you, you can climb to the top of the hill and visit the small temple there. There is also a lovely pagoda and temple at the bottom of the hill — take the road heading right as you approach the mountain. It’s very grand and worth stopping by to make an offering, or make friends with the locals.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The temple at the bottom of the hill isn’t always open, but it is still nice to see the outside.
    • Take your temple pass to see the temple at the top of the hill.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #83 of 180 things to do in Siem Reap
    • Beautiful sunsets 14/05/2017
    • A nice temple 12/05/2017
    • Prasat Phnom Krom
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    Beng Mealea
    Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
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    Sarah R Says:

    Get away from the mainstream temples and take a day trip to Beng Mealea. Some people say it is even better than Angkor Wat, and it’s a photographers' paradise. Primarily a Hindu temple though, like so many others from that era, there are also Buddhist artifacts and carvings. It’s definitely worth a visit if you want to see more than just the ‘main temples’ and it’s a peaceful day out away from the masses.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Book a guide; you’ll learn a lot more and enjoy the visit even more.
    • Tickets for this temple are inexpensive.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 186 things to do in Siem Reap Province
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • My farvour 17/06/2017
    • Tourism side 14/06/2017
    • Beng Mealea
    Address:
    40 km east of Angkor Wat
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    85517692736
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    Bab Tour - Butterfly Adventure Bike Tour - Private Tours
    Bike Tours
    Sarah R Says:

    The main format for the visit here is the same as many of the Angkor Wat temple tours, however, this one is by mountain bike along an unexpected jungle path, and makes for a really fun day! Having been to the temples a number of times, I thought I knew my way around...until I did this tour. The jungle track is really pleasant, following a small creek, with birds and insects chirping along the way. You're guaranteed lots of laughs in some of sandier parts of the track, as well as a chance to chat with locals enjoying a dip in the water as you cross the weir. The guides are also immensely knowledgeable, and will happily talk for hours about the history of the temples and the Angkor Empire.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Depending on how much you talk, don’t expect to make it back to town before 6pm.
    • Book early. This is a reasonably new company so tours don’t necessarily run every day.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #112 of 232 Outdoor Activities in Siem Reap
    • Two days with the most fun tour guide ever! 13/01/2017
    • Access All Areas 22/05/2016
    Phone:
    +855 17 581 551
    Other:
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    Cambodia Landmine Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Sarah R Says:

    This incredible museum began as a small shack run by a strong-willed individual — Aki Ra. Forced into the Khmer Rouge as a child and made to lay landmines across Cambodia during the war, Aki Ra immediately set about removing the mines when the war ended. He also took local children into his care to help them recuperate from the atrocities they had suffered, and helped others injured by landmine explosions. Since then, his mission has grown, and he now runs an education and building program that supports 11 schools and more than 1,200 students and local communities.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Take your time. This specialist museum features a lot of history.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 180 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Reminds one of how horrible mankind can be 22/06/2017
    • Perfect Student/Group tour uniquely personal and inspirational story 17/06/2017
    • Cambodia Landmine Museum
    Address:
    Angkor National Park, 7km south of Banteay Srey Temple
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    885 012 630 446
    Other:
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    War Museum Cambodia
    Military Museums
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    Sarah R Says:

    I am a total war history nerd. I admit it. I believe that the past brutalities of war are vital to learn about, in order to ensure that we don’t repeat the same mistakes in our future. The Cambodian War Museum is the only war museum in Cambodia, and it’s great that it’s right here in Siem Reap. One thing I enjoy about war museums in Asia is that they’re generally set outdoors, and this place is no different. There are tanks, planes, and helicopters, and you can get right up close for a good look. The after-effects of the wars in the late 1970s are still strongly present in everyday life so this is a museum also worth visiting to get a more complete cultural understanding of the people of Cambodia.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • It’s pretty close to the town, so you can ride a bicycle or take a tuk tuk to get here.
    • Partner up with one of the free guides; learn about their personal experiences and get a deeper understanding.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 180 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very cool 21/06/2017
    • Very Interesting 17/06/2017
    • War Museum Cambodia
    Address:
    Kaksekam Village, Sra Nge Commune
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 97 457 8666
    Other:
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    Silk Screen Printing Lab
    Gift & Speciality Shops
    Sarah R Says:

    For something a little bit different, learn how to do silk screen printing on t-shirts! There are a number of workshops you can book onto, and you'll be in good company - this is the activity that Angelina Jolie did with her children that last time they were in Siem Reap!

    Good for
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Book in advance.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #76 of 104 Shopping in Siem Reap
    • T-shirt design workshop 19/01/2017
    • A small organization doing screen printing 20/01/2016
    Phone:
    +855 92 912 680
    Other:
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