6 Things To Do In Siem Reap, Cambodia When You're Not Visiting Angkor


Siem Reap is associated with the world heritage site of Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is definitely a must-visit but if you happen to have some more time in this town, here are 6 things you can do to utilize (and enjoy) your spare time:
  1. Explore Food
  2. Cycle Around
  3. Go for a Walk
  4. Visit Pub Street
  5. Shop at the Colourful Markets
  6. Get a Foot/Fish/Body Massage

1. Explore Food
Traditional | Exotic | Street

Cambodia has a culinary tradition and history all its own.

Street Food:
The streets are full of carts and restaurants mainly serving barbecued fish, crab, chicken, duck, pork, frog and a lot more. In the evenings you will find carts selling roasted insects, snakes etc.

Vegetarians can lay their hands on salads and sandwiches. The street carts don't have many options for veggies.

We also came across a cart that was selling healthy sweets made with fruits, coconut milk and similar ingredients. Locate this cart among many other on the way to Crocodile Park; it serves some unique desserts.

Breakfast on the Street

Lunch Time

Lunch on the Streets

Dinner Time Street

Dinner Time Street

Dinner Time Street
The Dessert Cart

Khmer cuisine is the traditional cuisine of Cambodia. It mainly consists of curries made with coconut milk, lemon grass and some local spices. Usually there are a lot of greens added to their food and it tastes great!

There are many international cuisines available in restaurants around. Commonly found ones are Malaysian, Thai and Khmer.

A Local Restaurant

Exotic Food:
Cambodia is the place to go if you are ready to challenge your taste buds! A few street side eat outs sell crocodile meat. You will see carts selling insects, snakes, tarantulas, frogs and many more.

Careful with the way they pronounce the food. We mistook frog for prawn, realizing only after eating it! ;)
Must try - a local beer called 'Ángkor'.

Tea and bread is not commonly available, but a few restaurants do serve it. Black coffee is all you can get from among beverages, we didn't find any restaurant serving milk tea/coffee.

2. Cycle around

You can get a bicycle for $1 or $2 per day. It is a good option to ride around the city. Ride a little outside the town and you're sure to get lost in the natural beauty of the country side.
You can ride to the Angkor Wat temple too, but exploring the temple on a bicycle might not be a great idea as the premises are massive and it gets hot during the day.

Other options are electric bikes which cost about $8 per day (you can always negotiate for better prices). You can also hire a motorbike, however you will need international licence to get one.

Also, Cambodia follows right side drive.

Rent a Bicycle

3. Go for a walk

If you like to explore local life or want to explore street photography, a long walk can be a wonderful experience! The mornings are usually laid back for the locals and you will see many lanes silent, with people still making it out of bed at 9am or so.

Life starts after 12 noon for many.

Make sure you carry your camera as you surely will get a few classic frames.

Random People 
Wooden houses on the streets
Wooden houses 

Laid back Locals

Women are more Active than Men 
Siem Reap is one city where you will find more women working in restaurants, stores and shops than men. Men are usually found riding the Tuk Tuk and doing other stuff.

Tuk Tuk
A war memorial at cycling distance from the town. 
A memorial built for the war heroes
A memorial built for the war heroes
A memorial built for the war heroes
A memorial built for the war heroes

A memorial built for the war heroes
 4. Visit Pub Street
If you like partying, Pub street is the place to be. This place is buzzing with energy till late hours of the night.
Pub Street

Pub Street at Night

Pub Street at Night

5. Shop at the colourful markets

Shopping on the streets can be fun. You can buy clothes, artifacts, and many more things. The vendors are friendly and have a unique tone of talking. :)

Shop for Artifacts 

6. Get a foot/fish/body massage
Massage centers are all over the place and can be good after a tiring day at Angkor Wat. We went in for a foot massage which was nothing too great though.

There are many fish spas around the town on the streets. Its nice and safe and the vendor won't charge you money if you are not satisfied! You can sit for as long as you wish.

Fish Spa, and a shopping area behind

Is there anything we missed? Let us know in the comments below!
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  1. Hahah oh my gosh I can't believe you ate frog instead of prawns! How did it taste? ;-)

  2. If you can get a cycle for a dollar a day, then I would pay for a month and cycle around as much as I can. That is a bargain, as long as the bicycle is good condition and the roads safe.

  3. Lots of great things to do in Siem Reap, how was the frog? I've had it before and I think it tastes like chicken. And the fish massage...they tickle. haha.

  4. That's so cheap to rent a bike! I would definitely do that to explore. I've always wanted to get a fish massage, but I think I would be laughing because I'm ticklish.

  5. A great list of suggestions here. The street food is fabulous and Pub street is a load of fun. Did you have a chance to visit the silkworm project just outside of town? The products made from the sik are stunning.

  6. I have always heard so much about food in Siem Reap but I wonder if they have any good options for vegetarians. No milk tea is a bad news for someone from India :-), we live on milk tea. War memorial looks interesting.

  7. This brings back awesome memories of my time in Siem Reap! I loved exploring Pub Street - the food was delicious! I also tried one of those foot massages - and that was very interesting - made for a good laugh! I loved the night market of Siem Reap also!

  8. These are the perfect things to do in Siem Reap! I did a foot massage, but I was waaaaaay too freaked out to let the fish nibble on my toes! I loved the markets here. We got lots of goodies to take home with us.