Siem Reap Tours
Best known to be the home of UNESCO inscribed World Heritage Site, Angkor Wat, Siem Reap is a little charming city which offers plenty of things to see, do and experience for intrepid travelers. Whether you are traveling solo, with your family or with your significant other, this temple town definitely has no shortage of tours (and surprises) to soak yourself up with authentic Cambodian experiences. To help you make the most of your Cambodian holiday trip, we have a round-up of the best Siem Reap tours & activities to check off during your stay in Angkor.
1. Angkor Zip-line Adventure
If you would like to get some adrenaline rush on, a zip-line adventure tour with Flight of the Gibbons (now Angkor Zipline) can fulfill all that and more. The zip-line tours promise you some fun zip lines in the Angkor Archaeological Park and some picturesque views from the tree top! Flight of the Gibbons is the most-trusted company for zip-line tours in Siem Reap. On top of that, you are assured that you are taking part in an eco-tourism project as they run a conservation program, reintroducing the wildlife in the area. (Photo Courtesy: Angkor Zipline)
2. Siem Reap Cycling Tour
A cycling tour is without a doubt one of the most unique ways to get hold of a great insight into the expansive Angkor complex. Cycle through the scenic countryside and scramble around some old-aged temples and pagodas kept within the Archaeological site. Get a taste of authentic Cambodian life as you pass through the local villages, lush rice paddy fields and get to meet some friendly locals. Grasshopper Adventures prides itself as Asia’s best cycling tour operator providing guests exceptional tours on two-wheels. (Photo Courtesy: Grasshopper Adventures)
3. Bird Watching Tour
Journey beyond the usual tourist sites and explore the amazing Cambodian wildlife. Go out for a day and embark on some unique bird watching opportunities. Boeng Peariang Bird Sanctuary, situated just 30 minutes away from Siem Reap town is home to about 175 rare species of countryside, mountain and waterbirds. Being a year-round avian habitat, Boeng Peariang Bird Reserve allows every visitor to get a sight and experience a rich variety of wild bird species in their natural surroundings.
4. Siem Reap Culinary Tour
After all these adrenaline-filled Siem Reap tours and excursions, you may want to do something more chilled out, perhaps sample some of the most delectable Cambodian food or learn how to prepare it yourself. Take a culinary tour where you will be introduced to a variety of popular Khmer dishes, street food and desserts – an opportunity to explore one of Asia’s least understood cuisines. Let Siem Reap Food Tours take you on a guided culinary journey through the heart of Angkor.
5. Spiritual Tour
With the spiritual energy that vibrates throughout the temple town, there is no doubt that Siem Reap is a perfect place to re-connect with yourself and to delve deeper into your spiritual practice. Yoga retreats, meditation tours and destination-inspired spiritual activities are all on offer in this vibrant town. But if you would like to explore more about the spiritual essence of Cambodia, Ayana Journeys, a small responsible travel company offers unique tours that can guarantee you immersive, cultural and transcendental experiences. One of their bespoke tours, Introduction to Buddhism promises you a deeper insight into the Kingdom and its people. (Photo Courtesy: Ayana Journeys)
6. Photography Tour
If you like the idea of travel and photography, you will definitely not regret opting for an Angkor Photography Tour. The photography tour takes you to the most photogenic temples of Angkor at the best time of the day away from the massive crowds. Your tour will most likely include Bayon Temple which highlights over 200 massive stone faces looking in all directions, Ta Prohm known as the Angelina Jolie temple featuring gigantic trees that have overgrown the ruins and of course, the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat temple. Advance your photography skills and bring home some amazing snaps from mystical Angkor. Check these upcoming photography retreats here. (Photo Courtesy: Angkor Travel Photography)
7. Quad Bike Adventure
If thrilling experiences are what you are after for, then a Siem Reap quad bike adventure is something that you should not fail to take advantage of. Saddle up for the ride of a lifetime into the dusty dirt roads and Cambodian countryside. Get on a 4×4 and drive through the off-the beaten tracks, remote villages, rice paddy fields and see some long-forgotten temples. The quad bike adventure is best experienced at sunset. (Photo Courtesy: Cambodia Quad Bike)
8. Angkor Silk Farm Tour
Located just 20 minutes from Siem Reap city center, is a silk farm owned by a Cambodian social enterprise, Artisans Angkor. The social enterprise offers free guided tours scheduled at 9:30 am and 1:30 pm daily, where visiting tourists can get initiated in silk farming. Learn the process of silk production, from mulberry tree cultivation to silkworm breeding, spinning and more. The center also has a shop should you wish to take home some unique souvenirs from Angkor. Contact Artisans Angkor today to join their free guided tours.
9. Remote Temple Tour
Now that you have got your temple day tours with the major temples like Angkor Wat, Bayon & Ta Prohm, you may want to give Beng Mealea a go for the ultimate Indiana Jones experience. This remote temple features un-restored ruins and is considered as one of the most mysterious temples of Angkor. Imagine yourself exploring around a temple area that has been consumed by the jungle where piles of huge stones are tossed around and full-grown trees have wended their way across the ruins. If this is something that gives you a buzz, we have created an adventure tour with Lolei Travel called The Real Wilderness Experience that can bring off your Indiana Jones fantasy!
Where to Stay in Siem Reap
If you are looking for a Siem Reap hotel to base yourself in Angkor and experience some of the best Siem Reap tours on offer, look no further. Navutu Dreams, Siem Reap’s only resort & wellness retreat offers you relaxed luxury and a rejuvenating holiday retreat. Our award-winning resort in Cambodia features 28 spacious rooms & suites, well-landscaped gardens, three large swimming pools, a restaurant, a spa, 2 yoga studios and a wellness center. Discoveries, authentic Cambodian experiences and a renewing holiday retreat are just a few things waiting for you.
How many of these Siem Reap tours have you already tried? If you are a guest staying at our Siem Reap resort and would like to venture off some of these Angkor Wat & Siem Reap tours, you may visit the concierge to organize your preferred tours. If you would like to book in advance, you may email [email protected] and we will take care of everything.