During the Golden Era of the Khmer Kingdom, one of the ancient civilizations of this world was being created. It was the origin of Khmer art, culture, and architecture. These great inventions became one of the few wonders of the world that still amaze people throughout generations that still hold a great impact in present Cambodia society. Angkor National Museum takes pride in revealing the royal historical path of this Golden Era of the Khmer Kingdom through state of the art multimedia technology to provide visitors a full pictorial story of the legend for easy comprehension.
Apsara is a Khmer classical dance created by the Royal Ballet of Cambodia. The most of visitors while they are staying in Siem Reap city before and after visiting Angkor Wat they don’t want to miss their chance have nightly Traditional Khmer Dancing shows to entertain while they eat traditional Khmer food, Chinese and Western food as a buffet and dance show in the evening.
Siem Reap's most unique, authentic, top rated evening entertainment.
More than just a circus, Phare performers use theater, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories; historical, folk and modern. The young circus artists will astonish you with their energy, emotion, enthusiasm and talent.
The Cambodian Cultural Village presents miniature versions of important historical buildings and structures, together with local customs. There are eleven unique villages, representing the varied culture heritage of nineteen ethnic groups. At each village are wood houses, carvings in stone, traditional performances in different styles such as: Apsara dancing, performances of ethnic minorities from the north-east of Cambodia, traditional wedding ceremony, circus, folk games, peacock dancing, acrobats, and more.
Smile of Angkor tells the story of the Khmer empire and its wonder Angkor Wat. Travel through time and see Cambodia as it was a thousand years ago, from its legendary origins to the building of the temple of Angkor Vat. Smile of Angkor is an evocation of life in the majestic city of Angkor at the time of Suryavarman II. The show is 70 minutes long and is divided into six chapters: “Dialogue with God”, “Glorious Kingdom”, “Resurrection of the Gods”, “Churning the Sea of Milk”, “Prayer for Life and “Smile of Angkor”.
Enjoy the famous Cambodian Traditional Dance and International Cabaret Show which provides a unique mix of entertainment on stage. Our Stunning Performers are trained by a Professional Choreographer to bring you several varieties of dancing, with magnificent costumes to sweep you away on a magical and musical journey of song and dance.
Cambodia Quad Bike is located in Siem Reap. We offer unforgettable quad biking experience in Cambodian countryside. Come and explore off road tracks, rice fields, forgotten temples and life in local communities with our team of professional guides and mechanics. Cambodia Quad Bike caters for individuals, families, small groups and corporate events. All our bikes are fully automatic making them easy to ride and use.
Helistar Cambodia is the leading helicopter transport provider in the Kingdom of Cambodia. We have flown thousands of satisfied passengers on various types of missions, including Charter and Scenic Flights, Mineral Exploration and Mining Support, VIP and Hotel Transfers, Medevac and Ambulance Flights, Aerial Filming and Photography, Agricultural Concession Surveys and Support.
Angkor Thom was the great ancient Khmer capital city, Bayon is the most impressive temple in the centre of Angkor Thom city and is really one of the most spectacular ruins of Angkor, its gigantic smiling faces looking at different directions, so the elephant will greet you at the South Gate of Angkor Thom city and will transport you to the Bayon temple in a regal style and around the Bayon is an interesting and meaningful ride to explore the faces and see its huge scale from outsid, in the afternoon to watch a splendid sunset over Angkor Wat from the ruins of Bakheng temple. Your elephant will climb the steep slope of the Phnom Bakheng hill to the top.
Pea Reing can be visited as half day trip not far away from Siem Reap city. The village is about 40 minutes by Car and tour take an hour by boat ride around trip. The new sanctuary harbors seven species of water birds of global significance: Spot billed Pelican, Milky Stork, Painted Stork, Lesser Adjutant, Greater Adjutant, Black headed Ibis, Oriental Darter, there is a globally significant population of Grey-headed Fish Eagles they just moved to live here more and more but more possible to visit in the dry season between January till June. This trip the visitor also can visit the countryside, Khmer traditionals houses, rice fields, vegetable farm, cows, water buffalos.
Prek Toal is a magnificent floating village. It is from the village that we has access to Prek Toal's bird sanctuary which can be made only by boat from Siem Reap or Battambang. About 2 hours by boat to arrive at Prek Toal, and departure by any small boats with oar inside the sanctuary. Birds are few and some very big birds, such as pelicans, Big Marabouts, storks, made their nest on the big trees, according to the season.
Kampong Phluk is a cluster of three villages of stilted houses built within the floodplain about 16 km southeast of Siem Reap. The villages are primarily Khmer and have about 3000 inhabitants between them. Flooded mangrove forest surrounds the area and is home to a variety of wildlife including crab-eating macaques. During the dry season when the lake is low, the buildings in the villages seem to soar atop their 6-meter stilts exposed by the lack of water. At this time of year many of the villagers move out onto the lake and build temporary houses. In the wet season when water level rises, the villagers move back to their permanent houses on the floodplain, the stilts now hidden under the water. Kampong Phluk's economy is, as one might expect, based in fishing, primary in shrimp harvesting.
Kampong Khleang is located on the northern lake-edge about 55 km east of Siem Reap town, more remote and less tourist than Kampong Pluk. Visitors to Kampong Khleang during the dry season are universally awestruck by the forest of stilted houses rising up to 10 meters in the air. In wet season the waters rise up to one or two meters of the buildings. Like Kompong Pluk, Kompong Khleang is a permanent community within the flood plain of the Lake, with an economy based in fishing and surrounded by flooded forest. But Kompong Khleang is significantly larger with nearly 10 times the population of Kompong Pluk, making it the largest community on the Lake.
Mechrey Natural Tourism is located in Peam Ta Our Village,Keo Por Commune, Puok District; 15 Km South West of Siem Reap Town. With 25 mn drive, you will arrive at the port and take a boat to discover way of living of people at the floating village. Besides, you can make a stopover at the 1946 built pagoda on 2700 m2 island for photo shooting.
By traveling further, you will go through an impressive flooded forests stretching over 24 km2, a habtat for hundreds of species. The area is just only 6 km from Conservation of Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary, where thousands of waterbirds live and breed.
Chong Kneas is the floating village at the edge of the lake closest and most accessible to Siem Reap. If you want a relatively quick and easy look at the Tonle Sap, boat tours of Chong Khneas are available, departing from the Chong Khneas boat docks all day long. The boatman will probably point out the differing Khmer and Vietnamese floating households and the floating markets, clinics, schools and other boatloads of tourist. Chong Khneas, while interesting, is over-touristed and is not as picturesque and 'unspoiled' as floating villages further from Siem Reap. The boat trip usually includes two stops: one at a touristy floating 'fish and bird exhibition' with a souvenir and snack shop, which offers displays and information introducing the ecology and biodiversity of the lake area.
Angkor Gondola is an unique khmer traditional baots service in Seim Reap-Angkor: We strive to offer the guests with natural, historical memorable experiences and relaxation.Come and discover a natural wonders, hidden treasure of the historical site and cultures. Travel the water where historical, natural and culture come alive. You will enjoys and views like the past, photographing along the Angkor Thom Great Wall. You can see a beautiful sunset with never see before.The boat can accommodate 2 persons for VIP and 4 persons for standard. Itinerary is subject to weather condition.
For an unusual Saturday night, try Beatacello. Located at the Jayavaraman VII children’s hospital at 7.15. The hospital is located on the Charles de Gaulle road (that’s the main road that leads into the Angkor Park. You’ve probably driven over the enormous speed humps on your way there). This is a different experience to say the extreme. Dr. Beat Richner plays the cello and intermixes pieces of Bach with films and talks on the work he does with children in Cambodia. It’s a mix of classical cello music and a personal crusade in his sphere of paediatrics which has lasted over 20 years. Be ready for an uneven mix, with probably 15 minutes of cello to over an hour of education, but if you’re interested in the lives of the average Cambodia, this is one insight that you won’t get anywhere else.
Siem Reap Art Center Market is located on the east bank of the Siem Reap River, right opposite the Old Market (Phsar Chas) Since its opening in 2012, this market offers a broad mixture of locally manufactured products like silk, handicrafts, crocodile leather, clothing and many other souvenirs. Like with most night bazaars, there are also a couple of restaurants on-site which offer a fine combination of Khmer and Western food. Free wifi is avaiable and payments by credit card are possible. You can also enjoy a free Apsara dance show performed every day from 20.00 till 21.00. When you come from the Old Market, just cross one of the wooden bridges over the river and you'll find yourself at the entrance of the market.
Head over to Road 60 until you start seeing people sitting on mats along the side of the road…Welcome, my friend, to Picnic Road. Now here’s a fun place to get an informal dinner and to spend your early evening, especially on weekends. Prepare or buy food before you go, or just get it from one of the many food stalls or restaurants. If you feel like getting to know the locals, many of the groups sitting by will be more than happy to spend some time with you, chatting and sharing some dishes. The reason for which so many people decide to hang out in this precise area is the beautiful sunset sky it offers, as there is no building around to block the view. Oh, and there’s also a fun fair where you’ll find all the classic attractions, from the shooting gallery to the bumping cars. It is hard, to be honest, to hang out on Pic Nic lane without having fun. So forget about the fancy fusion food restaurant next to Pub Street (at least for today), get your checkered picnic blanket, jump on a tuk tuk and head to Road 60 for a few dollars! If he does not know where that is, ask “near Smile of Angkor” and we’ll take you there!
It is a small active Pagoda, with a not-very-inspiring statue of Buddha. The hall it’s in is quite nicely decorated and you could spend a good couple of minutes there looking around. Outside there are the homes for the monks, and a teaching hall, as well as a small gift shop selling tourist tack. So far so ordinary. There’s nothing here to make you stay more than a few minutes. However at the side of the Pagoda, is a small, rather gruesome building. Wat Thmey is home to Siem Reap’s Killing Fields’ memorial.
West Baray is the largest man-made body of water at Angkor. Visitors can hire a boat to take them to the island in the middle where West Mebon temple once stood. Today, only traces of it remain. But the island is a pleasant spot for a picnic or just walking around when water level is low. Alternatively, visitor can also go for a refreshing swim. It is believed that King Suryavarman I ordered the construction of the West Baray sometime in the 11th Century. According to archeological theory, the project was completed under the rule of King Udayadityavarman II, who reigned until 1066.
Angkor silk farm is located on highway 6. That’s the airport road. It is 20 minutes drive from Siem Reap, past the airport and past the Western Baray. When you get there, you are welcomed and given a tour on the production of silk. From the life cycle of the silkworms – their diet of mulberry (which takes up 5 hectares of the site). They show you raw cocoons, which are the source of silk. They then go on to talk about the process of unwinding the silk from the cocoon, preparing it for use and dyeing it. Finally there is a section on weaving using traditional looms and cloth production.
Artisans Angkor was created in 1999 to help young people find work in their home villages, allowing them to practice their crafts while providing them with a vocation. It was created as part of a three-year project to integrate young artisans trained by the Chantiers-Ecoles de Formation Professionnelle - whose objective is to revive traditional craft skills (stone carving, wood carving, lacquering, gilding and silk processing). We place a strong emphasis on the authenticity of its products to the Khmer culture. In 2003, we became a limited company with minor public participation and are now completely self-financed.
We strive to educate our visitors of the importance of clearing landmines in Cambodia. With potentially 5,000,000 still in the ground, landmines have immensely impacted the history and culture of this amazing society. Our collection of thousands of landmines is impressive. What is even more impressive is the story of the one Khmer man, Aki Ra, who disarmed the majority of these landmines alone.
After the Khmer Rouge was defeated, Cambodia was left with a high number of unexploded landmines spread across the country. The Cambodia Landmine Museum displays an exclusive collection of landmines, but also other weapons used during the horrible Pol Pot regime. Visitors of the museum can locate and dismantle mines in an imaginary minefield as well. On top of that, the museum runs an awareness campaign to educate and warn the local youth about landmines. They support an orphanage, a rehabilitation centre and a training facility. Althought a lot of landmines were deactivated in Cambodia, there are some areas which are still forbidden to access because of these hidden dangers.
Standing in the middle of the Siem Reap Angkor Panorama Museum’s 360-degree oil painting and diorama is like being transported to another era. Only the air-conditioned environment detracts from the surreal feeling of standing in the open air gazing out on an ancient empire and a landscape that stretches as far as the eye can see. Setting aside the controversial nature of the place, the centerpiece is pretty impressive. Some 123 metres around and 13 metres high, it depicts three different periods of the Angkorian empire – construction, prosperity and war. Standing on a platform simulating Phnom Bakheng, views look down on real dirt, gravel and rocks and out to a wraparound horizon complete with Angkor Wat, the Bayon, the Tonle Sap and rice fields. At the base of the hill, houses stand amid sculptures of people in various aspects of life, along with horses and cattle. But it’s a keen eye that can spot where the models finish and the painting begins.
This exhibition at the Preah Norodom Sihanouk-Angkor Museum was the first to be inaugurated among the project participating 9 regional site-related museums, in timing with the high-level meeting of the International Coordinating Commitee for the Safeguarding of Angkor (ICC). One of nine sub-regional exhibitions that are realized under the UNESCO/Japanese funds-in-trust Project “Revitalising World Heritage Site related Museums in Cambodia, Laos and Viet Nam”, this exhibition is the result of intense cooperation and development by the project participants following the first and second workshops. The panels developed by the Preah Norodom Sihanouk-Angkor Museum centres around the theme of the historical context and discovery of the “274 Buddhist statues from Banteay Kdei in Angkor”. They follow the common themes developed by UNESCO and experts on “Natural World” and “Trade and Exchange”.
Phsar Leu Thom Thmey is better way to discover local food and products than to visit a market. And this is definitely true in Siem Reap as well. The local markets offer a fascinating shopping experience. Discover an unfamiliar mix of colors, odors and sounds while browsing through the small alleys, meet some of the friendliest Khmer people and be amazed by the affordable prices. And while you're there, don't forget to taste the street food and exotique fruits to experience some new flavors. Every neighborhood in Siem Reap has at least one market. Most of these markets are only frequented by locals for their basic food supplies and household needs. However, the following three markets offer a broader variety of products and attract a public of locals, expats and tourists for all their shopping needs.
The old market, located between Pub Street and the riverside, is without any doubt the heart of Siem Reap. This market is the most popular one in town and is visited by both tourists and Cambodians. While tourists usually frequent it to hunt for souvenirs, locals come for it's wide range of ingredients, used in the traditional Cambodian cuisine. Looking chaotic at first, you will find out that there is a structure in the layout of the shops once you go inside. At one side you will see an impressive melting-pot of food stalls. Next you have the clothes section and then the gold shops. You will find the jewelry shops, followed by the hairdressers and beauty shops. On the other side you have all the souvenirs, artwork, crafts, silk and other products that will proof to be a good remembrance of Siem Reap and Angkor Wat.
Buddhist monastery temple tours give you experience and know more about the lives of Buddhist monks you can visit some of the monastery in Siem Reap town.The monks will welcome you and you may even be invited to watch their chanting during a ceremony. Usually, Buddhist monks are really open-minded to other cultures and will be happy to tell you their life story or show you around at the pagoda. These are the most important monasteries in Siem Reap such A Wat Damnak. Wat Bo, Wat Preah Prom Rath, Wat Thmei, Wat Atvea, Wat Enkosei. You'll blessing by monks with the red bracelet or water ablution for good luck and long life.
Since our foundation, we have been committed to supporting local school children in the jungles surrounding Siem Reap. By assisting in purchasing school supplies and delivering nutritious food and clean water, we are helping to pave the way for a brighter future in the heart of Cambodia. Our mission is to help neglected schools receive the critical support they need by constantly assessing the needs of attending children and fulfilling those needs to the best extent possible. We believe that by giving children the tools they need to receive a better education, and by ensuring they receive nutritious meals and clean water each day, we can make an impact in their lives and on the future of Cambodia.