Aside from visiting the monumental temples, there are other amazing things to do in Siem Reap. Despite its high humidity levels, there are still a lot to explore and a myriad of activities to try on this tourist wonderland that go far beyond the ancient ruins down the road.
Here are some of the alternative things to do in Siem Reap that will surely leave you an indelible impression.
Villa Sweet Angkor
Siem Reap has an abundance of small luxury hotels and offers a lot of budget-friendly places to stay in. One of which is the Villa Sweet Angkor. Nestled within private gardens, this villa provides fantastic accommodation that doesn’t break the bank. It is also near some of the popular tourist attractions including the vibrant Old Market and Pub Street.
They also have an outdoor swimming pool which we are thankful for. FYI, for most of the year, the weather is hot and dry in Seam Reap, so having a pool is a must for people who would want to cool down. This was our best option to take a break and relax our sore muscles from visiting the temples.
During the day, Pub Street is full of souvenir shops, food stalls, and cafés. You can actually unleash your adventurous side in here as some stalls sell exotic food that usually costs $1 each like tarantula, crickets, frogs, snakes and among others. However, if you want to just take a picture, it would cost you around 50¢ if you get caught. So, pick your poison!
But lo and behold! By night, The Pub Street transforms into a hub for nightlife. Full of thumping beats from nighttime bars, this is an ideal place to have some cheap Angkor beer, or cocktails.
Angkor Night Market
Apart from bar hopping in Pub Street, you may also opt to visit the Angkor Night Market. It is a popular place to pick up some neat bargain as it is filled to the brim with stalls, sumptuous street food, local handicrafts, and many Cambodian souvenirs. This is where you can try your haggling skills!
Doctor Fish Spa
For only $2 (or even less!), you can dip your feet into a water tank filled with toothless Doctor Fish and have them clean off your and nibble your dead skin.
Tuk Tuk Tacos
When in Siem Reap, get your tacos fix at Tuk Tuk Tacos. This is set in the restaurant hub of Sok San Road, just a stone away from the nightlife enclave of Pub Street. With their bold claim to have the best tacos in town, we gave it a spin!
Just a little trivia: This restaurant started out as bonafide tuk-tuk-inspired food cart at Siem Reap’s night market before developing into a “hipster”, simple brick-and-mortar it is today.
While roaming around Pub Street, we stumbled upon the Campuccino restaurant where we had one of the common Cambodian cuisine, beef loc lac. It is a stir-fried strips of tender beef that is often served with a fried egg. We also grabbed a glass of Anchor beer.
Siem Reap is indeed so much more than just its complex temples in Angkor and all that I’ve mentioned in here. Hence, you shouldn’t neglect the other parts of the town as it offers some diverse activities you can enjoy to further expand your culture intake of Cambodia.