As one of the most important archaeological sites in the region, the ancient ruins of Angkor make Siem Reap one of the most popular destinations in Cambodia. Located only an hour by plane from Bangkok, Thailand, it's easy and cheap to head over to Siem Reap for a few days if you're completing a tour around Southeast Asia. Spend at least a few days exploring the temples, meeting the friendly locals, and enjoying the culture of this laid-back river town.
Top 5 Things to Do
Visit Angkor Wat - Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992, Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world. Built in the 12th century, this massive temple is truly breathtaking. Spend a few hours exploring the unique designs carved into each structure and taking in the stunning features. Highly recommend visiting at sunrise or sunset for the best photo opportunities.
Visit Ta Prohm - The sacred jungle-covered ruins of Ta Prohm were both featured in Tomb Raider and Indiana Jones Temple of Doom. Built in the late 12th and early 13th centuries, this temple is covered by roots of massive trees.
Explore the stones faces at the Bayon Temple. Located within the Angkor complex, monkeys frequently roam around this late 12th century temple.
Roam across the countryside through an ATV tour - There are several companies that offer guided ATV tours in Siem Reap. I choose to go with Quad Aventure Cambodia and it was a fantastic experience! Through the "Discover" tour option, we had a private 45 kilometer ATV tour through the countryside. You follow the tour guide (who is riding a motorcycle) along a dirt paths, paved roads, and across the remote terrain. We stopped at several temples along the way and enjoyed delicious coconut juice at a local stall. Don't forget to wear closed toe shoes and sunglasses, and to pack plenty of sunscreen and water!
Enjoy Siem Reap's nightlife along Pub Street. There are plenty of street vendors, pubs, bars, and clubs along this street. It is also conveniently located near the Old Market area, where you can buy plenty of inexpensive souvenirs, get relaxing foot massages, or experience fish pedicures.