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Khmer Culture in Siem Reap

By Viator, May 2014

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Siem Reap’s close proximity to some of Cambodia’s biggest attractions, as well as its unique character and insatiable energy, make it the perfect place to experience the culture and traditions of the Khmer people. 

Make a visit to Cambodian Cultural Village for a kitschy look at the nation’s diverse people. A wax museum, miniature replicas of some major landmarks and daily live performances may prove too touristy for some, but travelers with small children in tow love how accessible history and culture at this Siem Reap gem. 

Those in search of a more authentic experience can purchase tickets to the Khmer Royal Ballet. Once reserved for dignitaries holding court, visitors to Siem Reap can now see this all-female performance in the center of the city. Similarly, Apsara dance, inspired by thousands of temple carvings, has been a part of Khmer culture for a millennium. Tickets to these performances can be slightly more difficult to find, but catching an Aspara show is a truly memorable experience.

Travelers looking to better understand traditional healers can visit the National Center of Traditional Medicine. Medical texts gathered from pagodas across the country line the shelves of this unique destination, which serves as a welcome center and training ground for healers from across Cambodia. It’s the perfect place to learn about ancient practices, alternative medicine and inimitable traditions.

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Private Tour: 2-Day Khmer Village Stay from Siem Reap

Participate in everyday life in rural Cambodia on a private 2-day village tour from Siem Reap. Travel with your guide by private vehicle from Siem Reap and ...  Read more

Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $149.99

Khmer Cooking Class in Siem Reap

In this half-day cooking class with a local chef, learn the nuances of Cambodian cuisine as you prepare delicious dishes for lunch. At one of Siem Reap’s ...  Read more

Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $67.49

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