Three Things To Do In Siem Reap That Aren’t Visiting Angkor Wat

1. Nerd Nite Siem Reap

We were lucky enough to catch a PechaKucha event while in Siem Reap. For those who haven't heard of PechaKucha, it is a simple presentation format where you show twenty images for twenty seconds each. As the images automatically advance, a person talks to the audience.

20 slides x 20 seconds + knowledge = 6 minutes and 40 seconds of wisdom gained!

Nerd Nite Siem Reap runs once a month at various locations in Siem Reap. The night we went was held at the Upstairs Cafe. A lot of people turned out for the event. We were fortunate enough to be presented: Anime, Euro Cup 2012 Winner, the Meaning of Zero, Cheese, and a couple of others.

To find out when the next Nerd Nite Siem Reap event is on, have a look at their facebook page. Hopefully, you will be as lucky as we were. Don't forget to get to the venue early as seats get taken fast! Entrance is free.

 

 

2. Miniature Angkor Wat

We are bringing up Angkor Wat again, but in miniature form! Siem Reap's local master sculptor, Dy Preung, has spent a few years designing and creating miniature replicas of Angkor Wat, the Bayon, Banteay Srei and various other temples found nearby to Siem Reap.

This is quite the kitchy experience. Before you enter the doors to the small garden, there are many beautiful pieces of artwork on display. Entering the walls, you get the feeling of being inside someone's private hideaway. It is, by the way. Mr Preung lives here. Unfortunately, we did not get to meet him.

We had a lovely look around and took some great photos. Being able to see Angkor Wat from above was worth it. The Wat truly is very large.

The location for the miniature replicas is on the east side of the river, just behind the Catholic church. Not to worry, we have included a map at the end of this post. The entrance fee is $3.00 USD each, although the sign says $1.50. Pay at the shop opposite the garden.

 

3. Beatocello Concert

If you are looking for something high-brow to do in Siem Reap that will benefit the children of Siem Reap, look no further. Every Saturday night Dr Beat Richter performs on stage at the Jayavarman VII Hospital in Siem Reap, Cambodia. He also plays the cello on Thursday nights during the peak tourism season.

Along with the concert, Dr Richter shows a film about his work in Cambodia and also discussed the needs of the children in Cambodia. Although the entrance fee is free, monetary donations are encouraged.

The Beatocello Concert starts at 7:15pm and goes to approximately 8:30pm.

Feel free to return to the hospital the next day to donate much needed blood.

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6 comments

    • Tanya 22 August, 2012 at 08:40 Reply

      Yes, the night market was very nice. We went through once as I wanted to buy everything but then I would have had to carry it… ok, Andrew would have had to carry all the shopping!

  1. madhavamurthy 13 November, 2012 at 15:17 Reply

    Dear Andrew & Tanya, I like your service to strangers who wish to a travel abroad. I wish I can do that like you. I am planning to visit Ankor Vat with my family in Jan 2013 ( My two daughters, wife and myself) Your tips has helped me to plan. Good LUCK and Best Wishes

    • Tanya 15 November, 2012 at 10:30 Reply

      Thank you so much for contacting us with your kind message. Andrew and I hope you have a wonderful time in Siem Reap. Don’t forget to bring a hat for Angkor Wat as it is really really hot out there! Have a great time 🙂

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