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3 Days in Siem Reap: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, September 2014

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A trip to Cambodia isn’t complete without a stop in the popular city of Siem Reap. This thriving community serves as the starting point for trips to Angkor Wat and nearby floating villages. It’s also a hub for culture, cuisine and shopping. Three days in this electric town gives travelers enough time to explore and recoup before venturing further into the Cambodian countryside.

Day 1: Visit the Temples
If you’re going to Siem Reap then you’re going to Angkor Wat. This incredible UNESCO World Heritage site is the largest religious monument in the world. Built in the 12th century by Khmer King Suryavarman II, Angkor Wat is as impressive today as it was hundreds of years ago. Lush overgrowth covers some of the sacred space that’s easily accessible from Siem Reap, and visitors often spend an afternoon exploring the temples. It helps to hire a tuk tuk to drive between other popular Wats, like Banteay Kdei and Bakong, before heading back to the city center.

Day 2: Explore the City
Siem Reap may be a destination because of its close proximity to Angkor Wat, but the bustling hub for travelers also has plenty to do and see beside the temples. Spend a day exploring all the town has to offer, from lively shopping to fabulous cuisine. Begin the day with a hearty portion of traditional bai sach shrouk—a savory dish of pork and rice—at one of the local street carts. Then peruse handmade crafts and silk goods at the Siem Reap Art Center before heading to the Old Market, where stalls are packed with popular Cambodian artifacts. Grab a snack in the market’s northern end before heading to Pub Street for the evening. Locals and travelers alike gather at this crossroads to enjoy cold beers, cheap food and plenty of people-watching. 

Day 3: Floating Villages
Spend a final day in Siem Reap venturing outside the city limits on a guided tour of one of the nearby floating villages, like Kompong Khleang. See the lush green countryside on a ride to Tonle Sap, and then hop aboard a river boat for an up-close look at a unique culture that exists nowhere else in the world. Explore stilt houses, floating pagodas and weathered schools from the comfort of a guided riverboat.

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Private Tour: Angkor Wat and The Royal Temples Full-Day Tour from Siem Reap

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 37 Reviews

Be mesmerized by Angkor Wat and other magnificent remains of the Khmer Empire on this private tour from Siem Reap! Beginning at the south gate of Angkor Thom ...  Read more

Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.33

Angkor Temples Small-Group Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 52 Reviews

Discover the mysteries of Angkor on this full-day, small-group temples tour from Siem Reap. See the iconic Angkor Wat and the enigmatic faces of Bayon temple. ...  Read more

Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.00

3-Day Siem Reap Tour: Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, Bayon and Tonle Sap

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Discover Cambodia’s mystical temples at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Angkor Archaeological Park. This three-day Siem Reap adventure brings you face to face ...  Read more

Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights

From USD $340.00

Tonle Sap Cruise Small-Group Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Discover Siem Reap's secrets by remork (Cambodian tuk tuk) on a half-day, small-group tour. Take a boat trip on the Tonle Sap lake through floating and stilted ...  Read more

Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $28.00

Angkor Wat Helicopter Flight with Private Tour of Temples

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

See Cambodia’s magnificent Angkor Wat and other temple ruins by land and air on this private full-day tour! Explore the temples of Angkor Archaeological Park ...  Read more

Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $494.99

Siem Reap Street Food Evening Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Taste the best of Siem Reap’s street food on a 3-hour night tour! Hop on a remork-moto (a motorized rickshaw) and ride off the beaten path to explore Cambodian ...  Read more

Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $32.00

Khmer Cooking Class in Siem Reap

In this half-day cooking class with a local chef, learn the nuances of Cambodian cuisine as you prepare delicious dishes for lunch. At one of Siem Reap’s ...  Read more

Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $67.49

Private Tour: Angkor Wat Ancient Temples Full-Day Tour from Siem Reap

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Visit Cambodia's magnificent Angkor temple complex on this private full-day Angkor Wat tour from Siem Reap. In the morning, visit the Roluos Temple Group, ...  Read more

Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.00

Angkor Temples Tour and Overnight Buddhist Monastery Stay

This overnight stay at a Buddhist monastery near Siem Reap includes a half-day tour of the UNESCO-listed Angkor Archaeological Park. Visit the famous Angkor ...  Read more

Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $202.99

Private Sunset Cruise at Angkor Thom

End your day at Angkor Wat with a sunset cruise by private gondola along the water by Angkor Thom. As your boat glides serenely along, watch as the sun sets ...  Read more

Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $62.50

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