You might have come to Siem Reap especially to run the Angkor Wat International Half Marathon – but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun while you’re here! Whilst the race itself offers a pretty comprehensive tour of Angkor Wat’s finest temples, Siem Reap has plenty more to offer… so hail the nearest tuk tuk and let’s get exploring!
WHAT TO EAT
Cambodian food, aka Khmer cuisine, a culinary secrets handed down from mother to daughter, known of its unique blend of flavors and colors that enhance the natural ingredients used. Here are our five recommended dishes.
Nom banh chok (Khmer noodles) – Rice noodles with curry sauce (made from lemongrass, turmeric root and kaffir lime) and topped with mint leaves, beansprouts, banana flower, cucumber and other fresh greens.
Grilled Chicken – Local chicken grilled after mixed with oil, sugar, garlic, soy sauce, salt, and pepper. You could find at most places at the city and temples, especially in front of Angkor Wat temple. The best combination with grilled chicken is to dip the chicken with prahok sauce.
Fish amok – A mild and fragrant yellow curry made with coconut cream, lemongrass and galangal, steamed in banana leaves and usually served with rice.
Sang Vak – Rice noodles served with grilled minced pickled meat wrapped in banana leaves. This dish is served with various other vegetables including salad, cucumber and herbs.
There are plenty of places around Siem Reap where you can hunt down these dishes. Alternatly, hand over the reins to the experts and embark on restaurants and food in Siem Reap - Trip Advisor.
WHAT TO DO
Learn the Original Silk Production – About 20 minutes from Siem Reap city, you will find a well-known local silk farm, Angkor Silk Farm, where silk is being produced there in the same way as it’s been done for hundreds of years in the Kingdom.
Get a massage – Ease away those post-marathon aches and pains with a traditional Khmer massage. Prices are extremely reasonable at places like Lemongrass Garden and Master Feet so there’s no excuse not to indulge.
Head to the market – Soak up the real sights, sounds and smells of Cambodia at Old Market, where a whole rainbow of delicious fresh produce sits alongside clothes and souvenir stalls and street food vendors. If your days are already action-packed, try the Angkor Night Market, which is a little less rowdy but every bit as fun.
Visit Pub Street – Known as Siem Reap’s party hub, this stretch of bars and restaurants is the ideal place to grab a drink (or several); try The Red Piano, Angelina Jolie’s favourite haunt during the filming of Tomb Raider.
WHAT TO SEE
Kompong Plork – enjoy a scenic boat tour on the largest lake in South East Asia, home to both floating and stilted lakeside villages, working fishermen and numerous species of water-bird.
Apsara Dancing – The dance is a vital part of Cambodian culture that every visitor should experience. Many restaurants and hotels will host free performances during meals, whilst the Angkor Village Apsara Theatre is a popular venue with two shows a night.
'ARTBOX’ Museum – Get Your Camera Ready! This artistic field with over 130 lively 3D pictures will amaze you with several interesting trick art representing well-known places from all over the world.