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.

Wat Bo murals

Wat Bo, a Siem Reap Pagoda

Most visitors to Siem Reap come to visit the temples of Angkor. For those who stay a bit longer or who get templed-out after a few days, but still hunger for cultural visits, a tour of Siem Reap’s wats (or modern pagodas) can be a perfect outing.

Swimming pool

Siem Reap Top 5 Swimming Pools

What more than a cool soak or a good workout after a dusty hot day in Siem Reap, Angkor? Head for one of Siem Reap’s many pools, where for a price ranging from free to over 20 dollars, you can enjoy a refreshing swim. This price usually includes access to the hotel gym as well. Happy sweat and soak!