Siem Reap is one of the most visited destinations in the world, and rightfully so. Angkor Wat is usually reason number 1, but so much of the Siem Reap experience isn’t talked about in travel guides. I am going to tell you, there is some AWESOME shit to do here, in addition to the beautiful temples. Indulge in activities like dirt bike riding, cooking classes and horseback riding. If that scares you then there is butterfly watching as well. Here are 5 crazy things to do on your next trip to Siem Reap.
Watch a Cambodian Circus
After a day visiting temples, catch the local circus act. This circus benefits the performers hugely, as most come from a poor background, so in additional to the unbelievable show you are doing some good. We got tickets from the hotel concierge which sold it for $18USD, hardly anything compared to ticket prices in America. The show starts at exactly 8 pm but come early, seating is first come first serve. This circus is world famous, you will not regret going, that’s a promise.
Eat a Tarantula!
Yes, you read that right. Tarantulas are a delicacy in Cambodia and can be found for sale in the night markets of Siem Reap. Obviously they are not sold alive, but still, eerie to see. Thankfully I survived! The spiders are deep-fried in chilli and taste a little crunchy, but aren’t half bad! They taste a bit like soft-shelled crabs. And each only costs $1USD, so it is pretty cheap! If spiders are just not your thing, you can also try our deep fried insects or snakes on a stick! When in Rome…
Get a Fish Pedicure
Siem Reap you can actually get your feet nibbled on by a school of fish. It sounds weird but this activity is very popular on Pub Street. Just pay $2USD and you can place your feet in a tank full of toothless fish, who will go to town the dead skin of your feet. Feels pretty good actually!
Visit the Landmine Museum
This visit is for any of you who want to learn about the history of Cambodia. The War Museum in Siem Reap handles a lot of tourists every day, as people come here to witness the rare and unique collection of tanks and landmines. The war relics come from The Khmer Rouge of 1975 and the Vietnamese occupation in 1979. It is estimated that millions of land mines were left behind as a result of years of armed conflict. Only a few are kept on display to be viewed by the general public, though. The Landmine Museum is located 25km from Siem Reap. The entry charges are $5USD but the services of guide are free.
Watch an Apsara Dance
One of the most beautiful things you will ever experience, apart from the temples, is the Apsara dance. The Apsara started during the Khmer regime and manages to tell a breathtaking story through movement. Splurge to spend the $25USD at Smile of Angkor, you will love it.
Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
Siem Reap is full of unbelievable sites and heart-stopping temples. However, beyond those lies a culture full of opportunity and beauty. Get out of your comfort zone and experience a culture that you will find nowhere else in the world! You only live once, eh?