My sister and I made a very impromptu decision this summer to tag on the last leg of my family’s trip to Asia. First stop: Siem Reap, Cambodia.
We stayed in Siem Reap for about three days, visiting temples (of which there are plenty), drinking fresh roadside coconuts, indulged ourselves in a night on the town with all the gap yah students, and enjoyed cheap and chips massages.
Here’s 10 things to do in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Visit Angkor Wat Temple
Arguably the most famous temple in the whole of Cambodia, you’ve probably seen an image of this stony building splashed across an airport billboard or on the front cover of a travel book. Wild monkeys also inhabit the age old temple, which covers 62.6 hectares on land, so make sure you wear your step counter!
Visit the Tomb Raider Temple
What was originally known as the Ta Prohm Temple was soon renamed after Angelina Jolie’s epic 2001 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider movie.
Eat A Scorpion (or a snake or a frog…)
Yep. You read that right.
Have A Drink At A Roadside Tuk Tuk Bar
My brothers and sister and I ventured for a night out on Pub Street, the ‘strip’ where you can find all the bars and clubs in Siem Reap. As we were meandering down the roads, deciding where to stop for a drink, we came across these tuk tuks that masqueraded as bars. They seat about five people in total, and the owners all put their laptops on display, so you are in total control of the music – did someone say Linkin Park mosh pit?
Eat a Streetfood Crepe
And don’t forget to pile on the Nutella.
Take a Trip Down the River
No, it’s not the Mekong, but it’s a must-try nonetheless. The skipper took us for a ride down the Siem Reap river where we drove past all the water houses, visited a crocodile farm, held snakes and met the locals who live their entire lives on the river.
Eat Beef Lok Lak
A local cambodian dish packed full of flavour.
Drink a Fresh Coconut
Because it wouldn’t be a trip to Asia without one.
Stay at Angkor Wat Boutique Hotel
I would definitely recommend this boutique hotel if you’re looking for somewhere that’s good value for money, clean, has not one but two swimming pools and a good breakfast buffet.
Spa Day at Devatara Spa
Full body massages can be found on any roadside joint for as little as $5, but their therapists aren’t properly trained and they won’t be the most relaxing things you’ve ever experienced. If you do want to treat yourself to a proper spa experience, which doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, the award-winning Devatara Spa is where you need to go.