We spent 8 nights in Siem Reap and easily could have spent another week. The average tourist to Siem Reap spends just 3 nights! There is so much to do in Siem Reap and the area around. We did the three-day pass to Angkor Wat and between each day of temple touring we spent some time around the city. We did a tour to Tonle Sap Lake as well as a Cambodian cooking class. Here are some other things we found and recommend in Siem Reap
Phare: Cambodian Circus
This acrobatic show is absolutely amazing! It is like a backyard cirque du soleil. The performers are graduates from an art school that was started by 8 young men returning from a refugee camp after the Khmer Rouge regime. Their talent and strength rivals that of Cirque du soleil performers. Each show has a social message. The show we saw, Eclipse, told a story of a young man who was bullied. The hour-long performance was well worth the $15 entry fee.
The Land mine Museum
We went to the land mine museum, located about 40 minutes outside of town by car, while visiting Beng Mealea and Banteay Srei temples. The museum, started by a child soldier, told of the shocking devastation both war and the Khmer Rouge caused the people of Cambodia. The founder of the museum spent many years locating and disarming land mines, many in remote villages around Siem Reap. The museum has a $3/pp entry fee.
This handicraft school features stone carvers, painters and wood carvers. You are met at the entrance by a guide that takes you through the different workshops. Many of the students are from surrounding villages on scholarship to learn a craft. It was very interesting to learn the traditional processes of Cambodian carvers. There is a showcase and shop on the grounds as well. The high quality items are beautiful, but were unfortunately out of our budget. The guided tour was FREE.
We did lots of eating while in Siem Reap! Stay tuned for our top 5 restaurants