10 Fun Things In Siem Reap For Under $5.00
Siem Reap is an economical place to come for a holiday and where your $ goes a long way.
1. APSARA DANCING:
Dance of the Apsara Divinities is the title of a Khmer classical dance that is known for its beauty and grace. It takes great discipline to learn the intricate hand movements made by the dance team that consists of both male and female artists.
Performances are between 7.30 – 9.00 pm at The Temple in the heart of Pub Street.
Every evening the entertainers will beguile you with their seductive charm as you sit back in comfortable surroundings and enjoy their performance.
2. EAT A BUG:
This is only for the brave-hearted – who are willing to plunge in at the deep end and have an experience they will never forget.
Could you eat a sautéed scorpion with pincers, or maybe pan of tasty fried cockroaches ….and always a crowd favorite – deep fried tarantula.
If you you can – you are a great contender for The Pub Street Challenge.
Menu: Snake, Scorpion, Bug Lava, Cockroach or Tarantula.
3. COCKTAILS ON PUB STREET:
If you want a fun night, no matter what your budget…you can’t beat Cocktails on Pub Street.
After the sun goes down, small carts come out that even provide seats and will make any cocktail that takes your fancy.
With the music pumping and lights flashing…Pub Street is a great place to meet new friends.
COST: $1.50 per cocktail
4. WAT PREAH PRAHM RATH:
Just a short walk from Pub Street this modern temple is certainly worth a visit.
It is not only a colorful place with bushes cut into the shape of elephants; but you will see the story of how this temple came to be built in a series of colorful statues.
Visiting Wat Preah Prahm Rath is a nice way to spend an hour or two and located across the road from the Siem Reap River.
5. CAMBODIAN WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM:
In this is a unique tour, you will visit the Siem Reap’s version of The Killing Fields – where hundreds of people were killed. Your guide is someone who has been effected first hand by a landmine and will tell you their own touching story which is a personal account.
All of the guides are war victims with limbs blown off, who have a passion for showing what war did to their own country. These incredible people have opened their hearts up as a way of promoting peace – and making this world a better place for us all.
COST: $4.00 (including a guide).
6. FISH PEDICURE:
Yes there are some weird, wonderful…and cool things to do in Siem Reap.
As you dip your feet into a large tank the small, excited fish make a B-line for your tantalizing toes – which for them is heaven. Gently nibbling at your heels, exploring every nook and cranny, they gently massage exfoliate your feet in the most natural way possible.
If you have not done this before – it is an experience – which you may only have once. But hey…isn’t that what traveling is all about?
Several Fish Pedicures are conveniently located with some places even offer a free beer, soft drink or water while you are being gently exfoliated.
7. PREAH NORODAM SILHANOUK MUSEUM:
This small museum houses artifacts discovered at Banteay Kdei Temple which was excavated in 2001.
Preah Norodam Silhanouk Museum houses three exhibitions from the archaeology discovery ranging from pottery, arrow heads, coins, jewelry, Buddha sculptures and even skulls.
During the dig, they also found 11 skeletons, which were buried in the soil that was individually wrapped in mats and surrounded by ceramics, tools and adornments.
Preah Norodam Silhanouk Museum has a relaxing atmosphere and holds some interesting exhibits.
COST: $3.00 (Children under 12 years old FREE).
8. SHOPPING AT THE NIGHT MARKET:
If you just want to browse – or do some serious shopping, there are some great bargains you can buy from the Markets in Siem Reap.
Cambodia uses either US dollar or Cambodian Riel…and here your dollar goes a long way.
Lit up with color and life – you can find unique art, jewelry, sliver, gems, statues, clothes, souvenirs, handcrafts, food and drinks….all at very cheap prices compare to most other holiday destinations.
Markets are dotted all around Siem Reap town and it makes for a great shopping adventure as you explore around.
The Night Market which is not far from Pub Street is a fabulous place to shop at night.
9. ARTISANS ANGKOR.
If you want an afternoon of culture and craft Artisans Angkor is a wonderful place to visit. Here you will see crafts people carving wood and stone while making the most exquisite works of art. You can even try a bit of stone masonry yourself – with their interactive station, where you can see for yourself the skill involved.
After looking through the workshop, you can visit the well displayed and spacious show room where you can purchase the finished items.
Artisans Angkor pieces are well crafted and tastefully decorated – where something is sure to catch your eye.
10. FOOT MASSAGE:
After a long day of touring around Angkor Wat and you want a bit of well-deserved relaxation – a foot massage is just the thing for you.
In Siem Reap there are many massage establishments to choose from in both Pub Street and surrounding areas, where you will find something to suit your budget.
COST: $2.00 -$4.00
If you have never been to Siem Reap before you may like to read out article Handy Information About Siem Reap For First Timers.