So you have heard about the many beautiful temples of Angkor Wat but did you know there are plenty of things to do in Siem Reap besides temples? This post dives deep just what to do in Siem Reap other than temples, by way of Siem Reaps’s Pub Street – a treat for all the senses. I hope you have so far enjoyed the series of post from my explorations of Cambodia’s Angkorian temples.
In this post, I wanted to share detailed tips on things to do in Siem Reap covering your options for entertainment, food and where to relax when not temple running Angor Watand surrounding temples. In addition to in Siem Reap at night as majority of your days will be spent exploring the temples. Below I also cover tips on accommodation options in terms of hotels, hostels in Siem Reap but a more detailed post can be found in my where to stay in Cambodia’s Siem Reap post.
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Things To Do In Siem Reap Besides Temples
This is a city that is on many an adventure seeker’s lists and rightly so as there are some many things to see in Siem Reap, from beautiful temples to great nightlife in Siem Reap’s Pub Street as well as a great addition on many an Asian travel itinerary. We did a month long trip around Asia starting with Beijing then Siem Reap to Bangkok, we then flew to Phuket before exploring Malaysia’s Kula Lumpur. I will link to these below if you want tips on things to do in these cities.
Below are tips on things to do in Siem Reap. Must of your stay will be in Pub Street. It is lively whether it’s during the day or late in the evening. I actually found it to be even more lively in the late evenings. Possibly because everyone had come back from their explorations of Angkorian Temples. While you are in the city don’t be fooled into thinking that all there is to see are old ruins of these temples. You will also find modern temples within the main town that you should definitely check out in addition to the below. For more tours in Siem Reap that go beyond just temples check out Viator tours in Siem Reap.
Siem Reap Temples To Visit
Much of what draws people to visit the city is, of course, Siem Reap temples and there are plenty! I shared a couple of posts to some of the top temples to visit in Siem Reap. I have linked to these below.
Things To Do In Siem Reap At Night | Restaurants and Bars
Kaya Cafe – A nice cold ice cream on a hot day in the city makes this place a must for a stop off. They do traditional Khmer desserts too. All freshly made daily. You will find this little gem in Hospital Street off the Old Market.
L’Annexe – French cuisine and really great quality too. Be sure to leave room for desserts. It’s also not too far from Pub Street. Picasso Bar and Tapas – A touch of Spain with this little tapas bar. You can find this close to Gelato Lab and Co.
Gelato and Co – If you love your coffee and fancy quality ice cream to cool your down in Cambodia’s hot and humid weather this is the place to be! They are super friendly, and it’s a little treasure in a rather chaotic place. Another plus is that they offer free internet.(Will be posting more pictures of this place soon) Slightly hidden in an alleyway but make the effort to find this place as its too good to pass up.
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Angkor Night Market – Bright, colourful and alive! Angkor Night market was created as a way to alleviate poverty and improve lives of the Khmer people. You will find paintings, clothes, jewellery and crafts made by local artisans. You will get used to exploring in the day and spending your evening in the markets. Just make sure you refine your haggling skills. Open 4pm to midnight.
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Massage | Relaxation In Siem Reap’s Pub Street
Siem Reap Nightlife | Pub Street Siem Reap Nightlife and Entertainment
While exploring the temples you will have noticed a lot of carvings and statues that feature Apsara dancers. A visit to Pub Street Siem Reap is not complete without seeing the traditional Apsara dancers perform in front of you. There are a few restaurants that have daily shows with Apsara dancers reenacting scenes from those that are carved out on the temples or old stories about Apsaras. Some performances are free and some come at a price ranging from $30-40, but this will be with high-end hotels that offer 3-course meals as part of that price.
Within Pub Street you can find places like Temple Balcony(everyone knows this place if you need to ask for directions), it has daily performances from 7.30-9.30pm and the dancers are really good. The food wasn’t that great and nothing to sing home about but the dancers made up for that. Other places you can head to, to see the dancers are Apsara Theatre and Raffles Hotel. Apsara Theatre has skilled dancers in a great setting and beautiful customs.
The theatre’s shows run daily at 8pm. Raffles Grand Hotel also has impressive classical dancing and martial art performance all with amazing food to boot too. Be aware that their performances run on certain days. Being that it is a luxury hotel, expect luxury prices too.
Getting Around In Siem Reap
Bicycles – You can explore the temples at your own pace by bike. You can rent out bikes for the day at $1-2 a day for a normal bike and recent models and mountain bikes for $8-10. Places like Old Market, Wat Bo Road and White Bicycles NGO all have bike rental services.
Siem Reap Tours
Where to stay in Siem Reap
There are many beautiful hotels and hostels in Siem Reap. I shared a detailed guide to the best areas to stay in Siem Reap on the blog. You will definitely need a relaxing place to relax and chill out while exploring all that the temple and Pub Street Siem Reap have to offer. For a little inspiration, you can check out my post on where to stay in Siem Reap on the blog. For a list of hotels in Siem Reap and read reviews and get the latest prices click here.
I can almost smell the food through the page! What an interesting cuisine, something I would love to try in the future. Lots of other interesting things to do in Siem reap beyond temples I see, really enjoyed the read.
It really is such a fascinating city. I really cannot wait to revisit.
I have seen some of these dances done in videos before and I was memorized. I can bet they are expensive to attend. Just beauty and skill. Are there any special holiday dances they do? I am going with a group of friends in December and I know most countries celebrate Christmas to a certain extent. I would love to see a special dance or festival while we are there!
We actually visited in December so its as good a time as any to visit. New years was a pretty big deal in Siem Reap. Also the majority of the restaurants off these as free entertainment to the dinners.
Those are beautiful photographs. Full of gorgeous colors and you some captivating angles. Did you take the pictures yourself or do you bring a photographer with you? Either way, what kind of camera/camera phone is used? Do you have any books of your travel blogs? I’d definitely buy one of those.