If you are planning to visit Cambodia, Angkor Wat is probably already on your list. However, do you know there are many other things you can do for a more unique experience in Siem Reap? Here are 5 less touristy things you should definitely tick off your bucket list!
For those seeking a more personal and localised experience, why not do it while on a horsetrail ride? We did a private 2 hour tour with The Happy Ranch Horse Farm, which offers countryside trail rides ranging from 1 to 4 hours. It is pretty affordable and offers views to scenic farmlands and villages.
Unlike the usual horse trail rides, you can also choose to have free rein with your horses, and we were even taught how to make our horses walk and trot (gallop gently)!
The Happy Ranch Horse Farm
Svay Dang Kum,
Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
2. Visit other lesser-known temples
Seeking an instagram-worthy shot with unobstructed views?
There are so many more temples besides Angkor Wat, and definitely quieter and less touristy as well – 10 to be exact.
Check out the temples in the small and big circuit (doable within one or two days), all boasting their own unique heritage and architecture!
Beginning from Angkor Wat and running for seventeen kilometers, the temple circuit takes in the major elements of Angkor Thom, Ta Phrohm, and Banteay Kdei.
Temple hopping was one of my favourite parts of the trip, especially going to the more secluded ones with no one rushing or photo-bombing you. So don’t give up at Angkor Wat and take time to explore the other beauties in Siem Reap.
A tip for y’all – To conquer all the temples, simply hire a local tuk-tuk driver at a reasonable quote, and prepare yourself for some temple running! It requires more stamina than you think!
3. Visit a floating village
Located nearby Siem Reap is Tonle Sap, which completely surpassed our expectations. A couple hours ride out of the city, we thought it was going to be just another overrated lake but its views were stunning!
Imagine a lake so vast, you cannot see the ends of it, one might even think we were at sea! This lake was definitely one of the most pristine ones I’ve ever seen!
Be sure to stay till about 5pm for the stunning sunset, but it would be wise to head back to land right after as it will be pitch dark.
On our way to the floating restaurant in the middle of Tonle Sap, we also enjoyed a private boat ride cruising along the river of Kampong Phluk. Built entirely on stilts and painted in a variety of colours, no wonder the village is an attraction in itself.
4. Visit the night markets
Siem Reap has a cluster of night markets to stroll around and hunt for cheap souvenirs to take home. Don’t miss the dirt cheap street food as well! Start from the the main night market-Angkor Night market for finds you might not get back home.
5. Try Khmer Cuisine
The beauty of Southeast Asia lies in the unique cuisine in every country! Be sure to drop by any local food stall and try their noodles/rice, anything! Because google map ain’t as developed in Cambodia than the asian countries, you wouldn’t be able to spot some local cuisines on the map, hence we had Tripadvisor.
Tried out this bowl of Khmer noodles from Keum Yan Cuisine.
Looking for a short and affordable getaway from Singapore? Cambodia is only a two hour plane ride away!