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Things to do in Siem Reap

 Shopping: As a tourist-friendly town, Siem Reap’s retail offerings mostly encompass Cambodian craftsmanship: stone carvings, silverware, lacquer figurines, ceramics and silks. Meanwhile, trendy fashion boutiques, art galleries, and fair trade centres are conveniently set within central Siem Reap, where you can shop for authentic and good value-for-money handicrafts, jewellery and apparel. Visitors can also experience the local lifestyle by visiting Siem Reap’s numerous outdoor markets in the early morning, where they can shop for fresh produce and enjoy authentic Cambodian delicacies such as lok-lak and amok.


Nightlife: Siem Reap's nightlife scene comprises lively bars, cocktail lounges, international restaurants and vibrant nightclubs that stay open (and busy) until 4.00 am every day. For backpackers, Pub Street in downtown Siem Reap is ideal for a night out of bar-hopping with like-minded travellers, as its numerous bars are easily accessible on foot, while unique cocktails and beers cost only USD $1 (or less) during happy hour. There are also plenty of five-star hotels with rooftop bars, lounges and pubs serving imported wines and liquors as well as authentic Khmer and international fare: perfect for affluent travellers looking to relax after a day of exploring Angkor Wat.

Spas: The best spas in Siem Reap are must-visits after spending a full day at work or sightseeing. Boasting an extensive range of holistic facials, traditional massages, and nail and body treatments, these wellness centres are well-frequented by locals and tourists for their exceptional service, tranquil ambience and professional therapists with years of experience. While you can enjoy a pampering session in the comfort of your hotel, standalone spas are equally impressive, as most are set within downtown Siem Reap – perfect for a quick bit of relaxation before exploring the town’s many sights and sounds. From award-winning spas in luxurious resorts to affordable yet stylish independent establishments, Siem Reap has some of the best spas in the world.

Cultural Shows: Several restaurants and hotels in Siem Reap present Apsara Dance Shows, and Apsara Dance Dinner Shows are included in many tours. Most shows include the four genres of traditional Khmer dance: Apsara Dance, Masked Dance, Shadow Theatre and Folk Dance. The Apsara Dance comes from the legend that Cambodia originated from the union of the hermit Kampu and the Apsara Mera. This dance shows Mera, dressed all in white, dancing in her garden. The dance shows happiness and prosperity for the whole country. She is joined by her maidens, who present her with flowers that express a love for her from the people of Cambodia.


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