Around Siem Reap: Explore Siem Reap without the temples

There is more to Angkor Wat than ruins

Take some time to explore Siem Reap Town

Your guide will collect you  after breakfast and help you plan your itinerary for the day. Select from some of the following suggested sights and activities to customize a day-long program with your local guide. We always try to steer our guests away from any obvious tourist traps, although you may enjoy visiting the Crocodile Farm or the Zoo for their funky Barnum and Bailey overtones,

Here's what we suggest...

Angkor Museum. The museum is filled with artifacts that are, well... fake. Angkor Wat is a UNESCO World Heritage site, so nothing can be moved, so the museum improvises in order to provide a great orientation an history. They also have a good film that will help you understand what you will see in situ later,

The Angkor Panorama Museumis a mind-blower that displays gigantic tableaus of  of life during the time of the Khmer Empire, battles scenes, village life, and the construction of Angkor's major monuments. The museum isthe  product of a huge art studio in North Korea. Hundreds of artists painted scenery on the museum's walls. 

The Angkor Conservancyis an expansive storage compound for damaged or threatened artifacts that have been removed for their safety. Basically, outside the National Museum in Phnom Penh, this is the best place to view authentic Khmer carvings. Your guide may be able to arrange for you to enter the private storage building for a small additional fee, but even a walk around the grounds of the Conservancy is a worthwhile experience. Even though many items are in disrepair, they retain the patina of centuries of weathering and nature's colorful palette of moss and lichen.

Artisans D'Angkoris a self-supporting arts and crafts school that also operates a high-end shop in town. Its a chance to watch young men and women learning the carving and decorating skills of their ancestors. In addition, they have perhaps the nicest boutique shop in Siem Reap where you can pick up your own linga among other high quality crafts.Artisans D'Angkor also have a similarly well-done silk school and workshopwhich is a twenty minute drive outside town,

For slice-of-life shopping, avoid the tourist market and its beggars and opt instead to visit Siem Reap's bustling Old Market. A vast selection of common goods for Cambodian daily life are for sale here. Stalls feature hand-made religious offerings fashioned from gold and silver paper, rainbow hued flags and banners, endless aisles of shoes, clothes, jewelry and ceramics. Fresh-baked breads and savory street food are in abundance.

A Taste of Cambodia.There are a plenty of restaurants in Siem Reap. Although most have a one-meal-town mentality, some are truly great. You can find everything form awesome pizza, to outstanding Indian food and Michelain-starred chefs.

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