Horseback Riding - The Happy Ranch offers trail rides and lessons.
Elephant Rides - In the morning around the South Gate of Angkor Thom and Bayon, and in the evenings near Phnom Bakheng. $10-15 for a ride.
Balloon rides - A tethered balloon west of Angkor Wat takes you 200 meters up in the air for views of Angkor Wat and anything else you might want to look at. Foreigners are charged $12 and you're supposed to get ten minutes.
Dirt bike trips - Organized trips throughout northwest Cambodia can be arranged through Hidden Cambodia Adventure Tours.
Bicycles - Seven Candles has several bikes on the side of the house that guests can borrow. We also have mountain bikes that cost $5 per day to rent. Vicious cycle leads free, 30k bike rides (must have a mountain bike) around Siem Reap every Saturday morning (as well as tours throughout Cambodia). Leave from Vicious Cycle at 8am. Great exercise. Great sights. (FYI, Vicious cycle has some 2 person bikes). (Also, FYI, you can bike to the Temples, but remember to stay hydrated)!
Pools and fitness - Most of the better hotels have swimming pools and fitness centers open to the public for a fee. Check out River Garden, Golden Banana or Frangipani.
Golf - Sofitel manages the Phokeethra Country Club out past the airport. A second course, Angkor Golf Resort may be cheaper, but not exactly cheap.
Angor Wat Putt offers mini golf. $5 for adults, $4 for kids.
Several companies offer helicopter rides over the Temples. Expensive!
Check out the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity. Great for kids!
Birding tours at the Sam Veasna Center.
Quads - Quad Adventure Cambodia offers rides in the countryside on quad bikes.
Take a sunset gondola ride in the temple complex.
Bees Unlimited -Various eco-tours exploring flora and fauna around Siem Reap. Great for kids!
Aerobics by the river near the post office-5:30am and 5:30pm. Costs around 1000 riel ($0.25). Do it, or at least watch it.
Are you a runner? It's possible to run here! Probably best to run when it's coolest, before sunrise (5:30am ish) or at sunset (6pm ish). Please be aware of traffic, angsty dogs and a lack of street lights at night.
Siem Reap has a climbing wall nearby Angkor Wat. Check out their website for more info.
Land Mine museum - Near Banteay Srei Temple. Admission is $3.
War museum - Near the airport. Admission is $3.
Cambodian Cultural Village - Admission is $15. Replicas of many of the famous sites in Cambodia. Meh.
Butterfly Garden - Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children. Walk around a small, albeit lush garden and have dozens of butterflies swarm about your head. Fishpond, fruit trees, flowers and such. Not a bad way to relax for an hour. Food and drink available.
Angkor National Museum - Not to be confused with the real National Museum in Phnom Penh, this is a massive facility on the road to Angkor Wat. Entrance is $12.
Killing Fields Memorial - Almost every town in Cambodia has one, and in Siem Reap you can find a memorial stupa housing some skulls at Wat Thmei located between town and the Angkor Archaeological Park.
Apsara Dancing - Numerous hotels and restaurants offer Apsara shows. Generally speaking, the higher the price the better the atmosphere and food. The dancing, however, will be much the same wherever you go. Kulen II restaurant is our recommendation. 10 minutes from Pub Street, $12 buys you a buffet style dinner and dancing.
There are several Buddhist wats and pagodas in town. Wat Damnak, Wat Bo, to name two. You can make a small donation to get blessed with water as well as receive a blessed red bracelet.
Cooking classes - Le Tigre de Papier offers classes three times per day (10am, 1pm & 5pm). Classes last 3 hours and include a walk through Old Market. For $13 you get to make an appetizer, main course, and dessert.
We are happy to arrange private Khmer language lessons for you. Email us about costs and scheduling.
There are several important festivals in Cambodia-Pchum benh, Khmer New Year, Bon om teuk, Chinese New Year-to name a few. If you're lucky enough to be here during one of these festivals, we'll let you know where to go and what to do. And if you're here December 1, check out the annual Angkor Wat running and biking races.
Night Market – 4 pm to midnight. Souvenirs, crafts, massages etc.
Old Market (psar chas) - smaller market near Pub street. Check it out in the morning for a cheap, local breakfast and of course, for souvenirs. Be prepared to bargain!
Psar Leu - local market on the road to Angkor. Very big, have fun getting lost! After sunrise, walk in the alleys behind the market. Photographer's heaven.
Samaki market, also known as the dirty market. On the way to the Temples. Very local, but less intimidating than Psar Leu.
Massage - Massage is available all over town ranging in cost from $1 upwards. Keep in mind, you will get what you pay for. Check out Frangipani for the nicest products and a well trained staff.
Doctor Fish Massage-Found all around town. Costs $2-3 for about 30 minutes. Can't vouch for their hygene, but we can say that they're difficult for ticklish people!
Crocodile Farm - Located south of town, pay $3 and walk around looking at smelly creatures that would think nothing of killing you in an instant.
Baray-Lake outside of town. Super local. Take a tuktuk out there for a day, rent a hammock and relax by the water.
60 Road - Take a tuktuk out to 60 road any night. It's a carnival type festival with music, games and street food. It's always packed with locals.
Rosana Broadway Cabaret-A ladyboy show just opened up in Siem Reap. It’s fairly expensive at $40-$45, but it's really good!
Peace café-meditation, monk chats, spirituality stuff.
You can donate blood at the Angkor Hospital for Children (Just show up there and tell the guard that you want to donate). It's safe, easy and could help save a life. You get a free soda and crackers to help replenish your sugars, and a free t-shirt!
The Silk Screen Printing Lab in Siem Reap offers workshops for $25 where you get to learn about silk screen printing and make your own custom t-shirts. Check out their Facebook page here.
Markets, Massages, Miscellaneous