The 8 best traditional activities in Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Siem Reap is considered the cultural heart of Cambodia with Angkor Wat and many religious buildings. If you want to have a spiritual journey to siem reap with kids, try joining a trip through Cambodia and immerse yourself in the 8 activities below.

  1. Angkor National Museum
    Located on the road to Angkor Wat,the Angkor NationalMuseum consists of numerous historical remains and relics derived from the Khmer civilization and the Angkor empire. With the aim of improving the cultural heritage of the Golden Age of Khmer, this place welcomes all tourists to come and admire massive collections of priceless objects. Through these antiques, you can get sophisticated knowledge about Cambodian culture. The latest generation devices are also equipped to optimize your experience. The screens are also classified by time, religion and royalty.
  2. Phnom Kulen National Park
    Phnom Kulen (or Mulen Moutain) could be appropriate option for visiting siem reap with kids. The main attraction is the majestic waterfalls on top of Kulen Moutain. It is also a great picnic spot for tourists who want to go swimming or camping. In case the weather is too hot, you can stay in Cambodian shelters to protect yourself from the sun.

In addition, Phnom Kulen is a sacred site with a multitude of temples such as the famous Kbal Spean, where the Thousand Lingas River or the Preah Ang Thom Pagoda with its giant reclining Buddha. Annually, Kulen is also an ideal destination for faithful people seeking blessings from their holy water. In particular, many couples believe that the waters of Kbal Spean can help them conceive soon. If you plan to go to Phnom Kulen this year, keep in mind that you go to the top of the mountain before 11 am (because the road is a single traffic) and take off your hats and shoes before entering the temples.

  1. Phare-The Cambodian circus
    Known as the Cirque du Soleil in Cambodia,Phare Cytus is home to many exceptional performances such as amazing, acrobatics and modern circus that blend harmoniously with dance and music. More than just a circus, Phare artists use all these artistic means to retell unique Khmer folk tales. These daily artists belong to the award-winning Siem Reap company, so they always try to offer you the best show.
  2. Landmine Museum of Cambodia
    The Landmine Museum of Cambodia is located about 25 km north of Siem Reap (30 minutes in Tuk Tuk). On your way to the museum, you can travel through stunning rural villages, rice paddies and even take some stunning photographs of the locals working in their fields. When visiting the museum, you can have the opportunity to observe the invaluable collection of mines, mortars and other weapons used during the wars. All these remains play key roles in telling stories about past events.

    5. Angkor artisans

    This intuition based on Siem Reap has spent decades producing traditional handmade items. These high quality products, ranging from silk, ceramics, wood and stone engraving, to kitchen utensils and jewelry, are handmade using traditional methods. In addition, visitors can take a free tour of the workshop to witness the processes to create each trade. In case you want to know more about how to make silk, there are free daily buses available to take you to the silk farms.

    6. Wak Damnak

    Wat Damakis undoubtedly the next idyllic place on your trip through Cambodia. This quiet oasis can help you get off the beaten track and blend into a lot of sanctuaries, statues and historical cravings. You may be surprised to admire elaborate buildings that are intact. These buildings now house a school, two charities and a sewing school for young women to support the Cambodian education system. In January 2014, a new library was also opened with 15,000 titles consisting of books, magazines, encyclopedias, directories, maps, guides and national newspapers in English, French and Khmer, and its catalog now includes more than 15,000 titles. Wat Damnak is now free to enter, so take the opportunity to explore Cambodian culture.
  3. Angkor Center for Biodiversity Conservation
    The main objective of the Angkor Center for Biodiversity Conservation (ACCB)is to preserve rescued animals (endangered species in particular) before releasing them to natural life. So far, ACCB has taken care of thousands of trafficked animals to recover their health and has provided shelter to around 100 native animals that appear on the list of endangered species. In addition to that, they organize many activities to boost environmental education and people’s awareness. In particular, the large outdoor center offers daily tours to travelers who want to know more about wildlife species.
  4. Aspara Theater Restaurant
    Dining with a wonderful dinner and watching a traditional show at the same time is one of the most exciting experiences on your vacation in Cambodia. The restaurant is located in a large wooden pavilion designed as a traditional temple. In this cozy atmosphere, you also have the opportunity to listen to Cambodian tales that are told by singers, dancers and musicians. The harmonious mix between the Khmer-style banquet and the popular rhyme makes you be in the cloud nine.
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