Cheapest things to do in Siem Reap
Making a visit to the land of the temples? Here is the best cheapest things to do in Siem Reap.
Our journey to Siem Reap was a sweet pleasure as we expected something to the not so good Phnom Penh. A visit to Siem Reap must include the exploration of the Angkor temples. The historic Angkor temples put Siem Reap on the map and it’s no wonder! The temples of Angkor are out of this world.
Anyway let’s run the cheapest things to do in Siem Reap, however just because there are the cheapest does not mean they are most things or the most epic things to see. These are the cheapest things to do and also the best things to do in Siem Reap.
Okay first let’s go though the boring stuff, like where Siem Reap is and where to stay blah blah.
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Where is Siem Reap?
Siem Reap is situated in the Northern West of Cambodia, let’s have a look at Google Maps to get a better view.
How to get to Siem Reap
We travelled from sihanoukville to siem reap on an overnight coach which took around 11 hours. However, be careful which company choose to travel with as I have heard nightmare stories about no air conditioning and coffin-sized beds!
You can also travel from Phnom Penh to Siem reap on a coach.
Best cheapest things to do in Siem Reap.
1. Visit the old markets
Enjoying rooting through endless amount of market stalls? Love a good bargain like me? Then the old markets are for you.
You can pick up some new Ray-Ban shades, designer wear (of course copies but still great quality), unique cultural gifts and endless amounts of different foods. However, those who get a little woozy around dead fish and meat should stay away from the food section, it can be a little overwhelming. I saw living fish just on the floor 🙁
2. Visit the night markets
There is a good atmosphere around the night markets when the sun drops and you can certainly pick yourself up a sweet bargain. The stalls are similar to the old market and both markets are a stones throw away from each other. I picked up an under-armour sports vest for $2, which would of been around $60 in the shops!
3. Get an amazing foot massage
It stills shocks me to this day how cheap massages are in Southeast Asia compared to back home. I got a 30 minute foot massage for $1, this includes an air conditioned room and free WiFi BARGAIN. There are all sorts of massages, foot, head, full body and words I can’t remember how to pronounce. Nevertheless, for an hour of luxury you can grab yourself a bargain.
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4. Dine at a tasty restaurant on pub street
We quickly discover pub street is the go-to place at night. It has a buzzing atmosphere, live music, restaurants in all directions, stands selling ice cream to sun shades (try a cold banana shake) and plenty of bars.
We ate here at nights trying out the different foods and we enjoyed every plate. The prices are fair, the portions are big and the food is tasty. I remember a mighty meaty pizza I had, it was out of this world.
5. Hire a cycle and adventure Siem Reap
Hiring a cycle in Siem Reap will give you ultimate freedom for seeing what ever you desire, at a lot faster pace than walking. Furthermore, you will get to see much more of the city that you may miss from walking.
A lot of the homestays will loan you a cycle for FREE. One thing I will warn you of is how busy the roads here, so just becareful and take your time. In saying this though the cars seem to have more respect here for cyclists, unlike back home.
6. Visit the Gym in Siem Reap
Even though I am backpacking I try to keep my fitness up. Luckily enough there is few gyms in Siem Reap and I found an epic little backstreet gym for only $1 to use.
It had good machines, dumbbells, mats, benches and treadmills. However, due to cost of electric in Cambodia you will have to pay extra to use the treadmills. It’s 50 cent for every ten minutes you use the treadmill. Therefore, if you want to run I would suggest just going for a run on the street.
Overall the gym is a bargain for a dollar and I certainly got my money’s worth.
7. Make a memorable visit to the temples of Angkor
Visiting the of Angkor is one of the best things you can do in Cambodia. Take a step back in time and explore these amazing historic monuments. This will cost the most out of all the recommendations on this post, however, it is not expensive compared to other day trips you may do in Southeast Asia.
I had an amazing time adventuring the temples and learning plenty of new knowledge surrounding the temples of Angkor.
8. Take a walk up the Siem Reap river
The Siem Reap river is a windy, gentle and quite walk for you to stroll along without spending a single dime. Also, there are plenty of benches for you to sit down, relax and even read a book. There is also plenty of bridges crossing from either to side to the other making it very accessible to the cafes, bars, shops and restaurants along the route.
We liked how the bridges are lit up night by bright and colourful lighting. In addition, the Siem river also runs past the old and night market making it a perfect walk for you to stop off and experience the amazing gifts on offer.
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