List Headline Image
Updated by Lavinia Woolf on Apr 02, 2016
Headline for Top Activities to Enjoy in Siem Reap
 REPORT
6 items   1 followers   0 votes   27 views

Top Activities to Enjoy in Siem Reap

Considered the heart of Cambodia's historic epicentre Siem Reap is an activity base like no other. Here are a few favourite activities to experience in the area among frequent vacationers.

1

Explore Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity

Explore Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity

Popularly known as the ACCB the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity is a must-experience highlight for all visitors touring Siem Reap. Ideally located within a short distance from the heart of the city the situation is a tour hub for wildlife enthusiasts and amateur conservationists as the centre's main objective is concerned with wildlife conservation, rescue, breeding and rehabilitation. Guided tours of the centre are available on all weekdays from 1pm onwards and visitors can take part in the environmental learning programs available as well.

2

Catch an Apsara Dance Performance

Catch an Apsara Dance Performance

Tipped to be one of the country's most coveted cultural performance art pieces witnessing the beauty and grace of an authentic Apsara dance recital is an opportunity available to visitors based in Siem Reap. Dating back to the 19th century visitors to the area have been enjoying this classical element of Khmer traditions and culture for centuries. Combining elements of folk dance and classical dance forms the Apsara dance performance involves intricate movements to traditional music. Dinner performances are the best way to experience Apsara dance items as the hour long show takes place in venues across Siem Reap along with traditional puppet shows and buffet dinners. Visitors based at the Anantara Angkor Resort or any other reputable boutique hotel Siem Reap counts among its best rests can book their seats for a show through the hotel.

3

Khmer Ceramic Lessons

Khmer Ceramic Lessons

Often considered one of the most engaging activities visitors can enjoy on a trip to Siem Reap signing up for lessons in crafting traditional ceramics is also one of the easiest and most popular things to do when in the area. Completed in less than two hours a typical Khmer ceramic course is conducted by potters in Siem Reap who will inform participants of the processes involved in creating a work from clay. After drawing or conceptualizing a ceramic ware such as a plate or a mug visitors can then proceed to create the said piece with the guidance of the local instructors. Upon completion visitors leave to have the item fired and if necessary glazed by professionals before having it delivered to the hotel.

4

Bird Watching and Environmental Tours

Bird Watching and Environmental Tours

Birding enthusiasts visiting Siem Reap are in luck as the venue is home to some of Cambodia's most popular bird watching hubs and wildlife sanctuaries. The Prek Toal bird park located on the shores of the Tonle Sap Lake is considered the top location for experienced birders while the Ang Trapeng Thmor reservoir area is another prime spot for bird watching activities. Home to more than 200 local species of birds the Ang Trapeng Thmor reservoir is also occupied by nearly 18 endangered bird varieties. The Sarus Crane is spotted here during the period between February and May each year as the venue is a declared Sarus Crane Reserve.

5

Experience a Production at The Rosana Broadway

Experience a Production at The Rosana Broadway

Those in search of local entertainment options should head down to the Phsar Leu region to experience the culmination of local dance culture and Broadway stage productions. Ideal for theatre lovers and fans of musicals and other dramatic productions the locale showcases Broadway inspired productions incorporating Khmer dance forms, elaborate costumes and global theme.

6

Visit the Srey Butterfly Centre

Visit the Srey Butterfly Centre

As one of the few interactive nature hubs in Siem Reap a visit to the Srey Butterfly Centre will serve as a memorable experience for all. Home to countless winged beauties the sanctuary houses a netted enclosure which serves as the habitat of a 1000 roaming butterflies native to the country.