When you travel to Angkor, you will love to visit popular tourist spots and enjoy the local culture. Amongst other Things to do in Angkor, you can surely explore some of the best things to do in Angkor to make your trip a fulfilling one. On a trip to Angkor things to do can include exploring Angkor attractions and visiting the places of interest.
The areas of Siem Reap and Angkor have many wildlife preservation parks which are a major attraction for children. The PrekToal bird sanctuary is the last stronghold of big breeding water birds in South East Asia.
Phare, the Cambodian circus troupe performs shows that uniquely depict Cambodian stories. They also attempt to spread awareness regarding PharePonleuSelpak, an NGO working for the upliftment of the Cambodian youth. Their performance is excellent entertainment for kids of all ages and also spreads awareness.
A place with such a rich historical background is bound to have museums to showcase it. Angkor does not disappoint in this regard.
The Cambodian Landmine museum tells the story of Aki Ra, the founder of the museum. It aims to spread awareness about the number of landmines that remain unexploded after years of conflict, and how they continue to wreak havoc even in the present day.
Angkor National Museum houses thousands artefacts that were recovered from Angkor temples. With an entrance fee of US $12, the Angkor National museum gives a wonderful insight into the Khmer civilisation.
With magnificent structures surrounded by lush green forests, a visit to Angkor gives one the unique opportunity to connect with nature learn about the mesmerising history of the place. However, one can always take time out from the numerous archaeological sites to visit the wildlife preservation parks through Osmose and SamVeasnaCenter, which endeavour to protect the endangered species of Cambodia.
Visiting the villages within the park itself is a great way to familiarise oneself with the local culture. However, with increasing tourism over the years, many villages have had their culture and tradition diluted. One place which is free from the influence of tourism and has been able to retain the Khmer way of living is the Kampong Phluk, a small fishing village located 13 miles from Siem Reap.
For those who wish to try Cambodian food but want to give the street joints a pass, Le Meridien Angkor serves appetising and authentic dishes from various parts of Cambodia.
A very unique and tasty dish in Angkor is the ‘Medicine soup’. It is prepared with chicken and shrimp and is locally known as Nam Yaa. Cambodian staple food is rice and they produce over 2,000 varieties of it. Their usual diet thus consists of rice served with pork, chicken, fish or vegetable curry.
If one is searching for a place which plays good music, the SiemReap’s Temple bar is a good option. Apart from great food and generous happy-hour discounts, they also have a DJ playing catchy tunes.
As a tourist, one can begin at the ‘Phsar Chas’, popularly known as old market, as this is the hub for all traditional items and souvenirs. The Angkor Night Market and the Pub Street are the other famous shopping haunts.
One of the traditional souvenirs of Angkor is the silver areca containers which are hand crafted using traditional techniques and styles.
The Angkor Shopping Centre and Outlets is a two-storied and fully air-conditioned shopping centre. A variety of products such as gems, Cambodian silk, statues and food items are available for sale.
BambouIndochine is a store which aims to cater to modern clothing. They offer 100 percent cotton hand-printed t-shirts which are available in a variety of sizes and colours.
Traditional rice bags have been recycled and designed to make laptop bags, women’s purses, etc. and are available at AngkorRecycled, at the Angkor Night Market. It is also a good idea to invest in unique Cambodian fashion which gives traditional Khmer designs and patterns a slight twist and aligns them with current fashion trends.