Something else to do beside the temple temples:
1. Landmine Museum Cambodia has a land mine problem. That’s hardly news. While more than a few tourists coming to Cambodia are concerned about these mines, the land mines also exist as a curiosity to the traveler. A more accessible opportunity for Siem Reap visitors to learn more about Cambodia’s land mine problem came when Mr. Aki Ra opened his land mine museum in late 1998.Located midway between the town of Siem Reap and the Angkor Park on a road parallel to the temple access road, Aki Ra’s museum has quickly become one of Siem Reap’s most popular attractions after the temples themselves. That is, until the local government got in the way.Aki Ra’s history is a remarkable one. Orphaned as a youngster by the Khmer Rouge, he was a child soldier first for the Khmer Rouge in the early 1980s, then with the Vietnamese Army in the second half of that decade, and then with the Cambodian army beginning in 1989. He began clearing and collecting mines in 1995. He works in Siem Reap, Oddar Meanchey, and Banteay Meanchey provinces, with much of his present work in the Poipet area near the Thai border.Open everyday From 8am to 4 pm(No Entrance Fee):
2. Silk Farm: Angkor Silk Farm, located 16 km out of Siem Reap, is home to both the National Silk Center (Centre National de la Soie – CNS) and Artisans d’Angkor. The CNS opened in 1993 and received assistance from the French Agency for Development (AFD) from 1994 to 1996. Its aim is the revival of sericulture, of silk farming, as well as teaching the various steps involved in the production of silk goods and seeking ways of improving the techniques used.
As an extension of these activities, the arts and crafts network known as Artisans d’Angkor was established in 1998 with support from the European Union, and was also set up on the Angkor Silk Farm. Together with the CNS, Artisans d’Angkor selects apprentices, has them trained at the CNS, and settled back in their home villages at the conclusion of their training where they work in rural workshops.
Angkor Silk Farm offers guided tours of the sericulture operation, from the cultivation of the mulberry bushes to the production of silk goods. Artisans d’Angkor is also promoting Cambodian silk through its new specialty boutique featuring the Artisans d’Angkor Silk Collection, a fitting conclusion to a tour of the facilities.
3 .War Museum: The War museum has tanks and other war artifacts from previous wars and it is located just off National Road No.6 to Siem Reap airport on the right hand side, where you will see a big sign when to turn off. The war museum is US$3 to enter and opens from 8:00am to 5:30pm daily. The war museum is not as popular as the Land Mine Museum, but may be more interesting to some people. The price of a tuk tuk to the museum is between US$6 and US$7 for a return trip.
4. Artisant Angkor: When the Angkor Empire with its regal builders was at its glorious zenith, thousands of craftsmen erected what is now considered one of the wonders of the world-the Angkor temple complex.In more recent times, years of war and genocide decimated a great number of the heirs of this artistic tradition. With them disappeared a vast body of skills and expertise. The Angkor site was gradually overtaken by a stranglehold of vegetation and forest growth which invaded the sanctuaries, embracing the temple roofs and walls with their serpentine roots. The Chantiers-Écoles de formation professionnelle, a professional training school, was founded to help young Cambodians rediscover traditional handicrafts and give them the opportunity to take part in the rebuilding process their country had undertaken. The CEFP is a public institution which was established in response to an urgent need to train disadvantaged young people with little formal education, living for the most part in rural areas, and offer them a job entry program. Artisans d’Angkor was established as a natural offshoot of the Chantiers-Écoles project as a school-to-work transition for the young craftsmen that had been trained. The skilled artisans could thus be organized into a self-sustaining handicraft network. Open from monday to friday from 8am to 5 pm( No entrance fee)
5. The new Angkor National Museum is expecting to open in November and will be exhibiting Khmers Art and Architecture. It is located on the road to the Angkor admission entrance. For more information seeAngkor National Museum.
6. Cambodian Cultural Village: Open everyday( 12usd Per Person).The construction of Cambodian Cultural Village (CCV) started in mid year of 2001, opened to the public in September 24, 2003, with total area of 210,000 meter-square, CCV assembles all the miniatures of famous historical buildings and structures, local customs and practices of all races. There are 11 unique villages, which represent different culture heritages and characteristics of 19 multi races. At each village, the tourists will be able to enjoy the excellent wood houses, carving, soft skill in stone, traditional performances in the different style such as: Apsara Dancing, performance of ethnic. The construction of Cambodian Cultural Village (CCV) started in mid year of 2001, opened to the public in September 24, 2003, with total area of 210,000 meter-square, CCV assembles all the miniatures of famous historical buildings and structures, local customs and practices of all races. There are 11 unique villages, which represent different culture heritages and characteristics of 19 multi races. At each village, the tourists will be able to enjoy the excellent wood houses, carving, soft skill in stone, traditional performances in the different style such as: Apsara Dancing, performance of ethnic minorities from Northeast of Cambodia, traditional wedding ceremony, Circus, Popular games, Peacock dancing, Acrobat, elephants shows, boxing, and more…
minorities from Northeast of Cambodia, traditional wedding ceremony, Circus, Popular games, Peacock dancing, Acrobat, elephants shows, boxing, and more…
7. Floating Forest in Kom Pong Pluk: Open every day( 15usd per Person)Kampong Phluk is a cluster of three villages of stilted houses built within the floodplain of the Tonle Sap about 16 km southeast of Siem Reap. The villages are primarily Khmer and have about 3000 inhabitants between them. Flooded mangrove forest surrounds the area and is home to a variety of wildlife including crab-eating macaques. During the dry season when the lake is low, the buildings in the villages seem to soar atop their 6-meter stilts exposed by the lack of water. At this time of year many of the villagers move out onto the lake and build temporary stilted houses. In the wet season when water level rises again, the villagers move back to their permanent houses on the floodplain, the stilts now hidden under the water. Kampong Phluk’s economy is, as one might expect, based in fishing, primary in shrimp harvesting.
8 .Shooting Range in siem reap, 25 kilometers away, Shoot Ak 47 or M 16 Gun Everyday Open.The shooting range in siem reap is running by commander of Para-suite military operating training military place with many real types of gun for shooting to digit or you can buy a duck and cow for shooting. also all the money we got use it for project of military food and weapon for training ,it is good to see and try for one magazine like ak47 or hand grenade and M16. You Can contact me for booking the guns in advance so that It will be easier for you once you get there. I am a friends of the shooting range man, I am very pleased to show you there. You would love it.
9. Visiting or Volunteer at the Orphanange Center in siem reap, Help Poor, homeless and Disable Cambodian Kins, Tak a chance to do somethings to Help out Change one person future. For More information please visit some of these NGO though these website: www.jasminelodge.com , www.shcccambodai.com
10. Local Market like, Psar Leu, Psar Chas, Psar sama Kii, and Psar Kodal and Night Market open everyday. All of these Market are not very far, they are in town and it is walkable. Phsar Chas is very Popular by the tourists in the after noon and there are many cambodia goods that you can buy for family and friends at home. Phsar Lue and Phar Sama Kii are very well know by the local. The local always bring their vegetable that they grow to sell here for the people in the city in the cheap price.
11. Traditional Performances: No visit to Cambodia is complete without attending at least one performance. Traditional Khmer dance is better described as ‘dance drama’ in that the dances are not merely dance but are also meant to convey a story or message. Some restaurants in Siem Reap town offer the Apsara Show included buffet serve all kinds of Khmer and Asian food. For booking in advance for the tables in the restaurant you can contact, I would be very glad to help you. It is recommended to reserve the table in advance in the high season between december to march so you can get the good seats for watching the show clearly. The cost of 1 perosn is 12 usd and the prices is incuded dancing show and dinner buffet.