What to do in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap province is home to more than 100,000 people and continues to grow rapidly every year. Visitors to Cambodia are drawn first to the Angkor Archaeological Complex, but everyone agrees that the people of Cambodia are the country’s greatest asset. During your time in Siem Reap we hope you will have the pleasure of spending time with the local population in and around the city. One of the primary reasons we opened Navutu Dreams in Cambodia — the warm hearts and easy smiles stay with travelers long after they’ve returned home.
Angkor Archaeological Park
The temples of Angkor make up one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. Stretching over 400 km, the Angkor Archaeological Park is home to the unparalleled remains of the many ancient capitals of the Khmer Empire, spanning the 9th to the 15th century. The vast park complex includes the famous temple of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Bayon Temple. Dozens of lesser known and rarely visited temples are in various stages of repair and disrepair. A few, like Beng Mealea, have been accessible to the public for just a few years. Beng Mealea lies 40km outside the Park — making for a great day trip far from the bustling tourist center.
Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS) Circus
PPS is a Cambodian non-profit association whose mission it is to steer underprivileged youth towards a better quality of life through cultural, artistic, educational and social skills. They provide education as well as encourage the practice and expression of art. Teaching circus skills, theatre performance, music and a range of visual arts, they have combined local traditions with circus acts and used them as a channel for both entertainment and education.
The organization was started in Battambang province and, after touring internationally, they erected a big top in Siem Reap. Now they offer one of six shows on rotation, every evening at 7.30 pm. See the schedule here.
Dr. Beat Richner is the Swiss pediatrician, cellist and head of the Kantha Bopha Foundation, which was founded in Zurich in 1991. Dr. Beat oversees the predominantly Cambodian employed hospitals and performs cello compositions at Jayavarman VII Children’s Hospital in Siem Reap.
Just back from his run at Carnegie Hall in New York City, the “Beatocello” concerts are held every Saturday night at 7pm. Dr. Beat performs on his beloved cello in addition to showing a film about his work in Cambodia and speaking on the medical issues affecting children in Cambodia. The show is free but of course, donations are welcome.
The Award Winning Angkor Golf Resort is undoubtedly Cambodia’s Premier Golfing Venue, claiming numerous awards since opening in 2008. The Immaculate Faldo Design layout has become one of South East Asia’s hidden gems.
“Our fairways are typically generous, but our bunkering style is impressively bold. The greens have plenty of subtle undulations and they reward and encourage a variety of approach shots.” – Sir Nick Faldo.
Phnom Kulen National Park and Waterfall
Some 60 km from Siem Reap, this park makes for an excellent day trip. Rent a bungalow along the river for an afternoon picnic, swim in the waterfall, and visit the temple at the top of the mountain. Phnom Kulen is a fantastic place to spend a day and a consistent favorite of Cambodian families and travelers.
From temples and museums to cooking classes and hot air balloon rides, Siem Reap has so much to offer. Do not hesitate to share your interests with us, so we can suggest other sights and activities for you – should you ever actually get away from the resort for a bit.