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Ways to Experience Khmer Culture in Siem Reap

By Viator, June 2018

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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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Angkor Temples Small-Group Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 251 Reviews

Discover the mysteries of Angkor on this full-day, small-group temples tour from Siem Reap. See the iconic Angkor Wat and the enigmatic faces of Bayon temple. ...  Read more

Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.00
Angkor Sunrise Discovery Bike Tour, Siem Reap, Full-day Tours
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Angkor Sunrise Discovery Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 45 Reviews

Watch the sun rise over the triple towers of Angkor Wat and experience an unforgettable day bicycling among the ruins of the Angkor Kingdom. With an ...  Read more

Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.00
Angkor Temples Bike Tour from Siem Reap, Siem Reap, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Angkor Temples Bike Tour from Siem Reap

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 63 Reviews

Bicycle along quiet trails in the Cambodian countryside and explore the breathtaking temples of Angkor on a full-day excursion with a local guide. This bike ...  Read more

Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $45.00
Cambodian Village Cooking Class, Siem Reap, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Cambodian Village Cooking Class

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 36 Reviews

Learn the secrets of authentic Cambodian cuisine with local chefs in this half-day cooking class departing from Siem Reap. Head to a rural village for an ...  Read more

Location: Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $26.00
Cambodian Pottery Class in Siem Reap, Siem Reap, Cooking Classes
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Cambodian Pottery Class in Siem Reap

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

Learn the ins and outs of Cambodian pottery during a ceramics workshop in Siem Reap. Led by an expert local artist, your 2-hour class covers the history of ...  Read more

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

From USD $25.00
Private Angkor Temples Full-Day Tour from Siem Reap, Siem Reap, Pottery Classes
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Private Angkor Temples Full-Day Tour from Siem Reap

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 19 Reviews

This private day trip from Siem Reap highlights the main temples of the Angkor archaeological complex, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Built between ...  Read more

Location: Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $31.25
Angkor Wat Helicopter Flight with Private Tour of Temples, Siem Reap, Day Trips
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Angkor Wat Helicopter Flight with Private Tour of Temples

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

See Cambodia’s magnificent Angkor Wat and other temple ruins by land and air on this private full-day tour! Explore the temples of Angkor Archaeological Park ...  Read more

Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $582.50
Champey Cooking Class, Discover, Cook & Eat the most famous Khmer Dishes, Siem Reap, Helicopter ... 
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Champey Cooking Class, Discover, Cook & Eat the most famous Khmer Dishes

Enjoy hands on interactive Cooking Class in Siem Reap, at the well-known Champey Cooking Class. Fun and interactive you will starts your journey by a welcome ...  Read more

Location: Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $27.50
Cambodian Cook-Out - A unique countryside cooking and dining experience, Siem Reap, Cooking Classes
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Cambodian Cook-Out - A unique countryside cooking and dining experience

Always dreamed of being a Cambodian chef? This is your chance! Your Siem Reap cooking class will begin at a temple ruin in the middle of the community.

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

From USD $48.00
Angkorian Pottery Class in Siem Reap, Siem Reap, Cooking Classes
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Angkorian Pottery Class in Siem Reap

Experience Cambodian arts, have fun learning to creating with the locals, and take home the Angkorian traditional bowl you made by you. Tour includes hotel ...  Read more

Location: Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $50.00

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