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Outdoor Adventures: Siem Reap

This popular resort town in Cambodia is home to the fascinating Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. Known to be the gateway to the ancient world that dates back to the year 802, visiting Siem Reap is the highlight of many tourists who travel to Southeast Asia. But there are plenty of other interesting things to do than visiting the temples. Take a hot air balloon flight around the Angkor ruins or have your adrenaline rushing on a zip line. You can explore and experience a lot of outdoor adventures here!

Hot Air Balloon Flight

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Witness the picturesque scenery of Siem Reap from a bird’s eye view in a hot air balloon. Although the hot air balloons do not fly over Angkor Wat because the temple is under control of UNESCO, you can still see a beautiful aerial view of the Angkor ruins. With a relatively affordable price, you can feel the tranquility of this wonderful world famous heritage site. Choose the sunset or sunrise flights for a more breathtaking view and memorable experience. The flights usually last for around 35 minutes to 1 hour. This adventure is ideal for solo travels, couples, family, or friends. A flight usually costs about $143 but can increase on major public holidays.

Bike Tour

What other ways could possibly be better than a bike ride tour to discover all that this beautiful, quaint town has to offer? Take a cycle through the countryside on the outskirts of Siem Reap to witness the day-to-day village life or enjoy a full-day bicycle tour to see Angkor’s major temples. Get the chance to see a different side of the town and some lesser-known sights by cycling minor roads. If you decide to join the tour, a professional guide will show you the highlights and hidden gem of the Angkor Archeological Park. A full day bike tour usually costs around $45.

Quad Bike and Jeep Tour

Do you want to have an exciting exploration in Siem Reap? Challenge yourself for an ATV off-road adventure in the countryside of the town. You can choose any routes and durations. The routes are usually based on your ability to ride an ATV. If you don’t have any experience, there’s an easy route tour where you can still see the unique side of the town.  

Another way to explore is by taking a Jeep Tour. The tour will take you to various places inside and outside of Siem Reap. You can choose your own preferred routes, including the sacred area of Kulen Mountain National Park (Phnom Kulen) which was said to be the birthplace of the ancient Khmer Empire or driving along rice fields and beaten paths to visit local areas. The price generally starts at $75.

Zip Line

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Immerse in the beauty of Angkor Archaeological Park from treetops by zip lining across the magnificent jungle. You’ll travel up staircases, walk through hanging bridges, and soar through the jungle. This adventure can be scary but do not hesitate because there will be highly experienced staff to guide you, the zip lines have world-class safety, and you will be equipped with state of the art safety equipment. The tours cost between $65 to $100 and price is based on what package you choose.