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Guide to Siem Reap Outdoors

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Siem Reap is an easy place to be outdoors. Many destinations are outdoors or open-air at the very least; in the cooler months this is very refreshing. I've included things that appeal to different moods, like when you just want to be outside enjoying the atmosphere or when you want to do something a bit more adventurous.

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  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nature Lover
  • Trendsetter

11 Places

5 City Tips

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11 Places

Grasshopper Adventures

Bike Tours

Khmer for Khmer Organisation

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Bike Tours, Cultural Tours, Hiking & Camping Tours, Motorcycle Tours

Flight of the Gibbon

Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks

Phnom Kulen National Park

Sacred & Religious Sites, Waterfalls, Mountains

The Happy Ranch Horse Farm

Horseback Riding Tours

Green e-bike

Bike Tours, Gear Rentals, Eco Tours

Angkor Wat Putt

Mini Golf

Tonle Sap Lake

Bodies of Water

Preah Vihear Temple

Ancient Ruins, Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites

Angkor Night Market

Flea & Street Markets

Angkor Hot Air Balloon

Balloon Rides

Sarah R's City Tips

  • It is not expected to tip your tour guide on top of the fee you pay.
  • The best option is to hire a bicycle to get around, or a mountain bike for some of the longer trips.
  • Motos (motorbikes) are another easy way to get around Siem Reap and nearby places.
  • For some of the really big trips, tuk tuk or van/bus is the way to go.
  • As a rule of thumb, wear t-shirts that cover your shoulders, and shorts that cover your knees.
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    Grasshopper Adventures
    Bike Tours
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    Sarah R Says:

    Mountain biking is really popular around Siem Reap, and as there is a lot of countryside to explore, going by bike is a fun and energetic way to go! Grasshopper Adventures offer a lovely day ride where you can go to a local village and experience the country lifestyle of Cambodia. Siem Reap is a great city, but it’s a city focused on tourism. If you’re like me and want to get a feel for a place, then getting into the countryside is going to give you a deeper cultural experience. One of my favorite things about living in Siem Reap is how accessible it is to get out of town and have a great day in the great outdoors.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take the village tour to learn more about Khmer culture.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 260 Outdoor Activities in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Siem reap food tour 02/12/2018
    • Countryside tour in Siem Reap 02/11/2018
    • Grasshopper Adventures
    Address:
    Street #26 between Achasava St. & Wat Bo Rd
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 12 462 165
    Other:
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    Khmer for Khmer Organisation
    Nature & Wildlife Tours, Bike Tours, Cultural Tours, Hiking & Camping Tours, Motorcycle Tours
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    Sarah R Says:

    If you prefer not to ride a bicycle, then KKO (Khmer for Khmer Organisation) offer moto (motorbike) tours! Yay! There is something wild and liberating about traveling by motorbike in the Cambodian countryside, and KKO's tours will take you through the rice fields —which are wonderfully vivid in the green season — past local villages, as well as to some of the lesser-known temples that have no admission fee. This organisation is one I really support, their name says it all really; Khmer people helping each other through tourism, training and education.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The cost of the tour is by donation — be generous! It contributes to their vocational training and education programmes.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 260 Outdoor Activities in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing experience on the bike 02/13/2018
    • Off track tours- Amazing experience 01/28/2018
    • Khmer for Khmer Organisation
    Address:
    Taphul Road
    Near Asia Plaza Super Market
    Siem Reap 17209
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 93 903 024
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    8:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Other:
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    Flight of the Gibbon
    Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks
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    Sarah R Says:

    This is a fun day out, and a good way to help conserve the depleting forests in Cambodia. Every element of this trip has been developed to have a minimal impact on the natural environment, including an electric shuttle to get you to and from the site. Nice! They have a very thorough and safe set up with good quality equipment too.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Your Angkor Park Pass is included in the cost of the tour, so grab a tuk tuk and visit some temples afterwards.
    • You get two hours on the course, which features 10 lines, 21 platforms, and numerous hanging bridges!
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • This was great fun 08/23/2017
    • Tree Top Magic 08/13/2017
    • Flight of the Gibbon
    Address:
    Angkor Archeological Park
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 96 999 9101
    Price range:
    US$59 - US$59
    Other:
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    Phnom Kulen National Park
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Waterfalls, Mountains
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    Sarah R Says:

    This is something wonderful to do as an escape from the city. There aren’t many mountains in Siem Reap so this is also a really nice change of scenery, and the waterfalls with freshwater springs are a refreshing way to cool-off on a hot day. There is also a reclining Buddha statue, and 1000 lingas carved into the river bed to explore; this is a very spiritually significant place for Cambodian people, who will sometimes go so far as to collect water from here for weddings! I love nature and hiking, and since there isn’t much else like this close to Siem Reap, this is a real treat.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you’re visiting this place, then it’s definitely worthwhile to stop by Banteay Srei on the way/way back.
    • Go in the morning, return in the afternoon, because the road is only one-way to traffic at these times.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #53 of 195 things to do in Siem Reap Province
    • Stunning Waterfall and views 02/08/2018
    • Phnom Kulen waterfall is a beauty! 02/06/2018
    • Phnom Kulen National Park
    Phone:
    +855 77 354 534
    Other:
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    The Happy Ranch Horse Farm
    Horseback Riding Tours
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    Sarah R Says:

    Friends of mine love this place as a great family activity destination, and it’s another fun way to explore the Cambodian countryside. Whatever your level of experience, discover the countryside and villages of Siem Reap horseback!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Book directly via their website.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 260 Outdoor Activities in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing Experience 02/04/2018
    • Great way to see cambodia 01/31/2018
    • The Happy Ranch Horse Farm
    Address:
    Group #4
    Svay Dang Koum
    Siem Reap 855
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 12 920 002
    Other:
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    Green e-bike
    Bike Tours, Gear Rentals, Eco Tours
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    Sarah R Says:

    Okay, so I haven’t been brave enough to try these yet but I’m assured they’re really easy to ride. (I am a much better passenger on a moto than I think I would be driver!) These electric bikes are available for rent, and with around 30kms of battery life before you have to recharge, you've more than enough power for a tour around the temples, a trip to West Baray, or just a scoot around the general Siem Reap area. Everyone I know that has used them loves them, so I think it will be my chance soon!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Calculate your trip distance so you don't run out of power while you're out of town!
    • There are pedals if you do run out of power.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #39 of 260 Outdoor Activities in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Authentic countryside tour 02/06/2018
    • Helpful staff, fun way to explore 01/29/2018
    • Green e-bike
    Address:
    12 Central Market, #C
    Siem Reap 17000
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 95 700 130
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:30 am - 7:00 pm
    Other:
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    Angkor Wat Putt
    Mini Golf
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    Sarah R Says:

    You’ve got to love mini golf! This one is just a short drive from town and has Angkor themed holes. It’s a lot of fun, and perhaps a little more challenging that you may initially expect! There are 14 holes in total, making it good for an hour or so of entertainment. There’s also a large water slide here so bring a change of clothes if you dare; it’s very tall so not for the faint-hearted!

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Bring extra shorts and a t-shirt to go on the slide; in Cambodia this is the preferred swimming attire.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 14 Fun & Games in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great course and cheap beer! 02/16/2018
    • Mini golf 02/15/2018
    • Angkor Wat Putt
    Address:
    Angkor High School Road
    Veal Village, Sangkat Chreav
    Siem Reap 17259
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 12 302 330
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$5
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Other:
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    Tonle Sap Lake
    Bodies of Water
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    Sarah R Says:

    Tonle Sap is the largest inland lake in Southeast Asia and it is immense! (Look for it as you fly into Siem Reap; it is like an inland ocean!) When I visited I took a tuk tuk and the driver helped me out with the ticket prices for entry into the lake area and for the boat ride. I recommend you get here the same way, to avoid trampling through village schools and businesses, being disruptive. The lake itself is super impressive, all you can see as far as the horizon is water! Take a paddle through the mangrove-like ‘sunken forest’ and you won't be disappointed.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Support the local businesses by doing the "sunken forest" paddle.
    • Get a recommendation from ConCERT Cambodia on which tour company to book with; many don’t have responsible tourism practices in place.
    • Offer to share your boat trip with other independent travelers; better for the environment and you will make some new friends!
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #67 of 195 things to do in Siem Reap Province
    • Tourist trap - watch out which tour you take 02/16/2018
    • Tourist trap--animal abuse and money scams 02/15/2018
    • Tonle Sap Lake
    Phone:
    +855 96 223 3559
    Other:
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    Preah Vihear Temple
    Ancient Ruins, Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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    Sarah R Says:

    This is one trip where you'll probably want to stay overnight to enjoy it to the fullest. The UNESCO World Heritage of Preah Vihear Temple falls into my outdoors list because it is largely outdoors. Set atop a hill in Preah Vihear province, you get a spectacular view over the countryside. Hills are rare in Cambodia and this is a big one! The temple itself is a series of buildings that sprawl down the hillside, and disrepair means that many of the roof sections are no longer intact. It’s an excellent temple area for exploring and there are some pretty steep steps, so wear sturdy shoes and mind your step!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Make time to visit Analong Veng on the way back, the last stronghold of the Khmer Rouge, for some military history.
    • Be prepared for a long day, the road is bumpy and it will take at least four hours to get here, even though most tour companies will say three.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Preah Vihear Province
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Temple built on the spine of a mountain 02/14/2018
    • Amazing Angkor era temple on a mountain 02/01/2018
    • Preah Vihear Temple
    Hours:
    Sun
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Mon - Thu
    7:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Fri
    7:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Sat
    6:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Other:
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    Angkor Night Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Sarah R Says:

    The Angkor Night Market is now a predominantly open-air market after some renovations in late 2014. The street between Sivatha Boulevard and Night Market Street is lined with massage places and fish pedicure stores — this is where you can pamper yourself to the extreme — and there are also a couple of great restaurants among the stalls here. Follow this street all the way to the end (Night Market Street), turn left, and cross over to find the open-air stalls with pretty thatched roofs and some lovely wares on offer. Browse the various items, get a foot massage at Baray Spa, or stop for a drink at Island Bar or Brick House.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Get a foot massage at Baray Spa!
    • Embrace the touts and bargain well with a smile.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #47 of 187 things to do in Siem Reap
    • Local shopping place and joyful 02/13/2018
    • Souvenir city 02/11/2018
    • Angkor Night Market
    Address:
    Angkor Night Market St
    Stung Thmey Village, Sankat Svay Dangkum
    Siem Reap 17259
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 93 800 811
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    5:00 pm - 12:00 am
    Other:
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    Angkor Hot Air Balloon
    Balloon Rides
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    Sarah R Says:

    I’m a bit of a chicken when it comes to heights but apparently floating in a hot air balloon isn’t very scary. Go at sunrise if you’re an early riser or if you’re like me, pick the sunset balloon ride option. Seeing Angkor Wat from the sky gives you a totally different perspective, and you really see how huge the ancient site is. Enjoy the fresh air and the peace from above, free from the chaos below!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Weather is a huge factor for ballooning; book early just in case your balloon flight has to be postponed.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #111 of 260 Outdoor Activities in Siem Reap
    • Would do this again in a heartbeat! 02/08/2018
    • Mixed experience 12/23/2017
    • Angkor Hot Air Balloon
    Address:
    Sivutha Road
    Alley old market area
    Siem Reap 125468
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 69 558 888
    Other:
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