What to do in Siem Reap: Angkor Itineraries

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Unless you have a real talent on spending as much time as possible for small tasks, you won’t be able to cover the immense possibilities Siem Reap and Angkor has to offer for its tourists. There’s a continuous negotiation between the time you have and the things you can do when you’re in Siem Reap. Here are four different itineraries, optimized for the length of your visit.

1-Day Stay in Siem Reap

  • Morning: Visit the most important temple at Angkor Wat.
  • Afternoon: Get to Tonlé Sap to see Kompong Phluk, the Floating Village.
  • Evening: Shop on the colorful streets of the city.

2-Day Stay around the Temples of Angkor

  • 1st day
    •  Visit the Elephant Terrace and Bayon, the smiling face temple.
    • Shoot photos of the great complex of Angkor Wat.
    • Enjoy an evening out at a local café.
  • 2nd day

3-Day Stay in Angkor and the Tonlé Sap Lake

  • 1st day
  • 2nd day
    • Visit the Temple of Angkor.
    • Shop for souvenirs; focus on the traditional shops in the city.
  • 3rd day

7-Day Stay in Siem Reap and Angkor

  • 1st day
    • Spend the morning in the Bird Sanctuary of Prek Toal.
    • Shoot photos of local pagodas.
  • 2nd day
    • Visit at the ruins of Angkor Wat.
    • Visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom and Bayon.
  • 3rd day
    • Travel to Tonlé Sap Great Lake and visit Kompong Phluk.
    • Have a good meal at a restaurant on the Bar Street.
  • 4th day
    • Take a morning off and enjoy a good meal at Blue Pumpkin.
    • Visit the temple of Kohear Nokor.
  • 5th day
    • Visit Wat Preah Prom Rat and Wat Damnak.
    • Shopping, followed by massage and spa at the hotel.
  • 6th day
    • Spend half a day in the Angkor National Museum.
    • Have a distinguished Asian lunch at the Butterfly’s Garden.
    • Try horse riding at Happy Ranch.
  • 7th day
    • Visit the city and close surroundings in a tuk-tuk.
    • Taste Khmer dishes in the Old Market Area.

Kompong Phluk
In most cases, it’s difficult to find a proper itinerary in Siem Reap without thorough preparations. This is mainly because the city astonishes you with contextual attractions which are great, really, but they’re also time-consuming. So a good thing to do to avoid any delay in your program is to follow a few important rules:

  • Don’t spend more time than you have at a local attraction. The next one may be just as amazing, or even more.
  • Use fast transportation, where it is possible. If you’re planning on visiting distant places, a rented car is the best choice.
  • Your hotel may be awesome, but you haven’t travelled all this way just to spend your morning in your room.
  • Organize things in the evening, before you go to bed, to optimize the schedule for the next morning.