Siem Reap Not All About Angkor
While Siem Reap is a major tourist destination for visitors wanting to see the stunning temples of Angkor Wat, Khiri Travel Cambodia offers all sorts of opportunities to go off the beaten track and join other activities and events that aren’t just about temple hunting.
Here are just some of our suggestions for things to do in Siem Reap after your temple experience is over:
Phare Ponleu Selpak Circus
This is an acrobatic circus with performances by young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. We spend the entire evening at the Phare Ponleu Selpak circus beginning with a one-hour workshop on juggling as well as other circus arts. Visitors can then sit back and enjoy the show performed by young Cambodian acrobats and circus performers. After the show discuss your favorite act over a delicious three-course meal served in the circus grounds.
Apsara Art Association (AAA)
This is a great tour for visitors who want to fully immerse themselves in Cambodian culture. You will soon realize that the secret of the Cambodian people’s triumph over adversity is rooted in their traditions. Cambodian art and traditional dance are an inherent part of the country’s culture as can be seen on the ancient walls of the Angkor temples. The Apsara Art Association is an organization that inspires hope in disadvantaged children through dance, art and performance. Visitors can spend a morning watching and learning traditional dances that have been inspired by the beauty and grandeur of a people whose traditions are rooted in an ancient civilization.
On the flood plains of Tonle Sap Lake
Kompong Khleang is located on the northern edge of the lake about 45 km from Siem Reap town. Its wooden houses lie in a remote area on 10-meter-tall stilts to protect them against seasonal changes in the lake’s water levels. This is where the relatives of our colleague in Siem Reap live. The family has opened their house to visitors for a Khmer cooking workshop that takes place in their home. Visitors also have the option to stay overnight with one of the families in the village in basic, but comfortable, accommodation. Watch the sun go down from the balcony of your homestay, an experience you’ll never forget. At dawn, you can join the fishermen on their traditional morning fishing trip. After a visit to Kampong Khleang, visitors can either return to Siem Reap or travel onward to Phnom Penh.