Are you on your way to Siem Reap? Or are you already here?
Either way, I’m sure that you’re coming to see or have already seen Angkor Wat. These noble temples are what everyone imagines when they think about traveling to Siem Reap.
The temples of Angkor Wat are an amazing experience but what should you do when you’re done exploring them?
This is a question many tourists have to ask themselves when they’re here. So, we’ve decided to answer this common question: “What to do in Siem Reap besides temples?”
If you’re wanting to get out of Siem Reap’s city center to get dirty in nature, check out our list of the “top 9 natural attractions in Siem Reap”.
Let’s get started on our top 5 favorite places to visit while in Siem Reap!

Artbox 3D Photo

First up, we have the Artbox 3D Photo Museum. Artbox is a trick art museum where you can take amazing photos with family and friends.

A visitor in gallery at Art Box
A visitor in the gallery at Art Box – Photo courtesy to Art Box

This is a pretty new attraction so many people don’t know about it. But you can be sure that this is a fun activity when people leave reviews like this :

The Artbox Museum in Siem Reap is A Hidden Gem Beyond the Temples! Well worth the expense of $15 USD. You will need to go with a group of any size. We had sooo much fun!

Review seems not enough? Check out its official video if it takes your soul! If you are a family with kids, you should not miss taking your kids there as it is one of the funny places in Siem Reap for them.

The Artbox museum is located downtown of Siem Reap. To make it easy for you to get there you can follow the map below:

Artbox museum is open from 09:00 am ~ 09:00 pm daily and you can contact the team for inquiries via 063 900 600 / 063 900 700 / 066 77 3000 / 086 77 3001 and [email protected]

National Angkor Museum

Angkor National Museum Siem Reap
Angkor National Museum – Photo courtesy to Unesco

A trip to this museum is a must while you’re visiting Siem Reap. The National Angkor Museum is a learning institute that focuses on the preservation, collection, and restoration of ancient artifacts.
Siem Reap is the only place in the world where you can find such an amazing collection of artifacts from the “Golden Era” of the Khmer Kingdom. The museum’s goal is to share the inspiring art, culture, and history of the ancient Khmer civilization with the world.

The National Angkor Museum is such an amazing venue that it could be the main reason why you decide to travel to Siem Reap.
There are three different prices for entry into the museum:

  • $12 – Adult
  • $6 – Children
  • Free – Ages 1-5

The National Angkor Museum opening hours are:

  • 1 Apr through 30 Sep – 8:30 am to 6:00 pm
  • 1 Oct through 31 Mar – 8:30 am to 6:30 pm

Phare Cambodian Circus

The Phare Circus is a fun and entertaining activity for the whole family while traveling in Siem Reap.
This famous Cambodian attraction is much more than a circus as performers use theater, music, dance, and modern arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories. They currently have 9 different shows that you can check out on their website!
Phare was created in 1994 by nine young Cambodian men returning home from a refugee camp after the fall of the Khmer Rouge.
After taking drawing classes, they found that art could be used as a powerful tool for healing. They decided to open up a school offering K-12 education and professional arts programs free of charge to change the lives of young Cambodians.
Today more than 1,200 students attend the school daily, while 500 attend the vocational arts programs for free.
Watching one of their amazing performances will entertain you and your family while helping to support the community at the same time!
There are three seating sections with different prices to choose from:

Phare Cambodian Circus, Siem Reap
Phare Cambodian Circus, Siem Reap – Photo courtesy to Asia Value Travel

Section A
This is reserved seating in the three front rows of the middle section. You also receive a refillable Phare water bottle.

  • Adult (age 12+) : US$38 / pax
  • Children (age 5 – 11) : $18 / pax
  • Infants (age 4 and younger) no charge with no allocated seat

Section B
This is open seating in the three back rows of the middle section.

  • Adult (age 12+) : US$28 / pax
  • Children (age 5 – 11) : US$15 / pax
  • Infants (age 4 and younger) no charge with no allocated seat

Section C
This is open seating in the two side sections. Some views may be partially hidden by support poles.

  • Adult (age 12+) : US$18 / pax
  • Children (age 5 – 11) : US$10 / pax
  • Infants (age 4 and younger) no charge with no allocated seat

Landmine Museum

While Angkor Wat is a beautiful part of Cambodia’s past, some forget about the recent atrocities that Khmer people have faced.
The Landmine Museum in Siem Reap is an important attraction that everyone can learn from.

Cambodian Landmine Museum in Siem Reap
Cambodian Landmine Museum in Siem Reap – Photo courtesy to Indochina Voyages

This somber museum’s goal is to educate everyone on the importance of clearing the remaining landmines in Cambodia.
If you want to learn more about the long-lasting struggles people face, not only in Siem Reap but all of Cambodia, take some time out of your schedule and spend part of your Siem Reap trip here.

Shooting Range

Traveling through Cambodia is an adventure, from the bustling streets of Phnom Penh to the magnificent, ancient temples of Angkor Wat. But you need to have some action in that adventure right?

A man shooting AK47 at Siem Reap Shooting Ranger
A man shooting AK47 at Siem Reap Shooting Ranger – Photo courtesy to Mad Monkey Hostel

If you need action while you are in Siem Reap, go visit the local shooting range. This high-octane activity is definitely a crowd-pleaser.
They have a wide variety of weapons for you to shoot and the range fits 20 people at the same time. You also get special deals for going in a group as well as a free pickup!
This attraction is open year-round in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Yoga & Meditation Retreats

Siem Reap is a beautiful place full of nature where you can heal your soul or rejuvenate through yoga and meditation retreats beside the most famed spiritual Angkor Wat temple.

Final Thoughts:

I wrote this article to show you that it’s hard to get bored in Siem Reap if you know where to look.
Sure, the Angkor Wat temples are the main attraction, but there are many more activities for you to do. So have fun, explore, and become attached to this beautiful country and its people.

 

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