Planning to travel to somewhere that brings you such an incredible experience, outstanding excitement, at a low cost? If you’re considering Cambodia in one of your checklists, then Siem Reap must be the place! and if you are yourself what is there to do in Siem Reap besides Angkor Wat, then this post is for you. Read on.
Cambodia is a country located in Southeast Asia, well known as having the most out-standing Temple, Angkor Wat. This country has grown numerous number drastically in the Tourism industry from the past few years. So if you’re thinking of visiting Cambodia, Siem Reap is one of the most places that you can never want to miss.
There are many options you can choose to experience your trip, you can be carefree about your expense or you can even come with a budget. Both still provide you the unforgettable moments while you’re staying here. Today, I would like to share some tips on where you should go or what you should do if you’re visiting Siem Reap for 3 days.
Coming from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap is about 400km, usually, you will spend about 5-7 hours traveling depending on your choice of transportation. If you are considering traveling by bus, you may spend between 9USD to 13USD for a one-way ride. You can enjoy the local foods along the road which is around or as little as 2.50USD per meal, depending on what you choose. Amazing right? Talking about hotels or guesthouses, you can spend around 25USD or more for one night with comfortable accommodation. Those are the summaries to give you some ideas about the trip expense, now let’s get to explore the destination!
Day 1 of your adventure in Siem Reap
I would like to take you to visit APOPO Visitor Center. APOPO Center provides you a chance to discover the history of conflict in Cambodia, the impact of landmines on local communities, and the opportunity to meet and see the HeroRATs in action. You may question what is so attractive about this center?
Well, once you visit that place, you will experience the realities of humanitarian demining and how they train rats to save lives. You will learn about the mine clearance process from their guides, enjoy a series of videos showing their work, and can read all about how Cambodia has become one of the most mine-affected countries in the world. They have a well-prepared, friendly, experienced, & English spoken tour guide for you as well.
You can also see the HeroRAT in actions too! They have designed and built a demonstration area where the HeroRATs will sniff out buried items, scratch at the surface to indicate they’ve found something to trainers and of course receive a tasty treat as a reward. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Besides the beloved HeroRAT, if you wish to bring back those sweet moments from the center, you can purchase souvenirs from the Gift Shop in APOPO Visitor Center.
Day 2 – Angkor Archaeological (duh)
We are on our way to Day 2 experience. Of course, why not spending time seeing the historical sculpture of all the time? Angkor Archaeological contains the magnificent remains of several capitals of the Khmer Empire of the 9th to the 15th centuries, including the largest pre-industrial city in the world. The most famous is the Temple of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations.
Once you step into the heart of Angkor, you will be amazed by how the ancient building represents themselves to the world. You can also feel the touch of lifestyle, the culture and the living tradition of people during that century.
There are dozens of ruins within the Angkor Archaeological Park, others further afield. The temples vary in importance, interest, and condition and are spread over a large area, often kilometers apart. In order to get the most out of your visit, it is best to prepare a preliminary itinerary. Your itinerary should depend largely on the length of your visit and your level of interest, though some ruins are must-sees. Any itinerary should include the legendary Angkor Wat and Bayon.
Day 3 – the famous Pub Street
Now to end Day 3 of your trip to a little bit of modern style, to fun with people, to be wild and free like a bird, let’s take a look at Pub Street. Pub Street is the center of the action as the night falls in Siem Reap. The street, starting off at the Red Piano Restaurant and ending at the Banana Leaf Restaurant, is a 100m stretch of road speckled with neon-lit clubs, bars, restaurants, massage parlour,s and vendors.
Come night time, the road is blocked off to traffic, making it a relaxing and safe place to stroll, dance, and let loose. With a wide variety of culinary treats ranging from Khmer specialties to Western favorites offered in food trucks, 50-cent drought beers, and crispy insect munchies to indulge in, you can spend your entire night on this lively street and never run out of things to do.
After long walks during the day, this is the perfect place to unwind with a few chilled beers. Food across is great and while you are there I suggest you try a taste of Khmer cuisine. Take up a spot facing the street and let the street performers keep you entertained. From the busy road, loud and noisy of the excitement, you can also find different types of bars that are more relaxing, for those who just want to enjoy the music while sipping your drink and taste the style of Khmer foods.
From casual fun mixed with a deep understanding of Cambodian culture to a taste of civilized and bustling travel, Siem Reap is well-suited to be an option for your vacation. With an affordable price, a clean and pure atmosphere, there is nothing that can be denied for this perfect trip. This province never fails any tourist to explore the amazing adventure and also be impressed by people around the world. Cambodia, the country, the kingdom of wonder.
That is it from me today and in summary, you have seen that besides Angkor wat, there are other interesting things to do as well within 3 days in Siem Reap on any budget.