Yoga in Siem Reap

Where to Practise Yoga in Siem Reap

Two thousand years after India’s influence first spread to Cambodia under the Kingdom of Funan, yoga in its many forms has slowly trickled into Siem Reap. From occasional classes by occasional visiting teachers just 10 years ago, Siem Reap’s yoga and holistic health scene has blossomed.

Karaoke in Cambodia

Singing and Karaoke in Cambodia

Visitors are often surprised to discover the average Cambodian will gladly make his melodious voice heard. There is in fact no such thing as closet singers in Cambodia, only karaoke singers.

Khmer Shadow Theatre

Traditional Khmer Performing Arts

There is a handful of performing troupes of Sbek Thom (literally large leather) shadow theatre in Phnom Penh and few more in the rest of Cambodia. Sbek Thom features two metre high leather puppets lit against a white screen by torches (or modern projectors), and a classical pin-peat music ensemble.

Souvenir Shops in Siem Reap

Souvenir Shops in Siem Reap: What and Where to Buy?

A visit to the workshop shows throngs of young artisans carving figures from Khmer mythology out of wood and stone. Sculptures and statues are readily available for purchase but can also be tailored to order to snuggly fit your curio cabinet back home.

Siem Reap Traditional Market

Markets in Siem Reap: What and Where to Buy?

Whether shopping is your thing or not, you'll probably end up at the Old Market. Phsar Chas mainly caters to foreign visitors, although local city slickers are able to bargain Cambodian prices for the odd souvenir or t-shirt.

Siem Reap Wat and Pagoda Walk

The pagodas of Siem Reap may not be as old as Angkor, just a few hundred years... but the everyday Buddhist rites are eternal. Superb carpentry, masonry and woodwork, intricate painted frescoes mix with serene stupas to create a leisurely self guided walking tour.

Wat Athvea walls

Wat Athvea in Siem Reap, a mini-Angkor on the road to Phnom Krom

Wat Athvea is believed to have been built under the reign of King Suryavarman II in the late 11th or early 12th century, about the same time as Angkor Wat. Wat Athvea always makes a pleasant stop. There usually are children playing around, and few visitors to Angkor actually make it here.

Siem Reap Puppet Parade

Siem Reap Giant Puppet Parade

The Giant Puppet Parade has been taking place in Siem Reap since 2007. It is a community project that involves children from orphanages, schools and NGOs in the creation of the giant puppets.