A trip to Siem Reap usually means to a trip to the temples. Temple hopping takes a lot of your travel time because there’s just too many to see! I had a blast exploring as many as I could fit in my 3-day trip in Cambodia but from time to time, I’d take breathers and try other things because there really is more to Siem Reap than the Angkor temples. Here are seven other activities you can try when you’re not in a temple run!
SHOP AT THE OLD MARKET
Fancy buying souvenirs to bring home? Located just beside Pub Street is the Old Market, full of good finds from clothing to jewelry to paintings. Ready your bargaining skills because you’re sure to splurge on lots of goodies! My favourite purchase? Hammocks! Cambodians sure love their hammocks and I can’t blame them! Hammock life is pure relaxation so I bought a lot to give away as presents and of course, one for myself.
PARTY AT PUB STREET
All roads lead to Pub Street as the sun sets because this is where the night life is! 50 cents for happy hour cocktails? Yes please! Drinks go cheap in this side of the world so ready your gatorades and beroccas for the morning because tonight, you’re gonna be sippin’ and dancin’!
EAT EXOTIC STREET FOOD
For the adventurous stomachs, why not try Cambodia’s fried tarantulas? It’s honestly not as bad as it looks though I still needed liquid courage to push myself to eat one… also a fried snake. Then again, I’m not afraid of spiders and snakes BUT I’ll never *ever* eat a cockroach or anything that reminds me of it — I’m looking at you, fried water bugs. *cringe*
JUMP IN THE POOL
Tropical weather is nothing new to me since I live in the Philippines and we have the same weather. It is on hot days though where a splash in the water is certainly called for. Book a hotel with a pool, have a fruit shake or a cocktail made, and soak yourself in the cool water — aah, instant staycation feels!
HAVE A DOSE OF NATURE
Let’s hit two birds with one stone here. It was such a breath of fresh air to get out of town and check out the Banteay Srei temple. Okay, I did say this was an article about things to do BESIDES temple hopping but this particular temple sits on green pastures. NATURE! After seeing the temple, take a stroll around the surrounding land and check out the beautiful views. Being surrounded and shaded by plenty of trees, it made for a nice and breezy walk in the park.
THE HAMMOCK LIFE
Hammocks and siestas come hand in hand in Siem Reap! Some local restaurants have hammock areas beside the dining area for customers to rest on especially after a full meal. There are also some hammock stopovers in between temples if you want to take a break from temple hopping.
BE A CHEF FOR THE DAY
There are so many cooking classes being offered in Siem Reap and I would have attended one if only I had more time. I’ve eaten Khmer dishes such as Fish Amok and Lok lak and they were delicious! I’m a frustrated cook at home (FYI) and it’s always good to know more recipes to try. If that’s also your thing, book a class and give it a go!
When you’re done taking a breather, best to get back at temple hopping and try to explore as many temples as you can!
Happy travels! xx