If you want to learn a little more about Cambodian culture and customs, a visit to the Cambodian Cultural Village makes for an entertaining half-day out for the family while staying in Siem Reap. A number of traditional village houses spanning a variety of cultural heritages are on display here.
Along with getting a feel for how different cultural and rural groups live and work, you’ll also have the chance to witness traditional dance performances. These include the beautifully costumed Aspara dancers – a traditional style of court dancing dating back to the ancient Angkorian era. Also on-site is a wax museum showcasing more than 30 wax statues of kings, queens, monks and other important Cambodian historical figures – each set up in their own themed environment.
Another highlight is the collection of miniatures on display, detailing a variety of iconic and historic structures and buildings across Cambodia. You can view charming replicas including those of the 16th-century reclining Buddha from Angkor Thom and the elegant Royal Palace of Phnom Penh all in one place. For entertainment spliced with learning and cultural awareness, the Cambodian Cultural Village is a one-stop theme-park-style destination with vibrant visual representations of Cambodian history, national heritage and cultural traditions.
You can get around the village on foot or hire a golf-cart-style electric car. Guided tours are also available. The Cambodian Cultural Village is located in Siem Reap province on National Highway 6. Nearby attractions include the Siem Reap War Museum and the Angkor National Museum.