Siem Reap is a city that Peter and I always recommend to friends doing a trip around Asia. It’s the gateway to the legendary temples of Angkor Wat which are an absolute must-see in my mind.
We spent about 4 days in Siem Reap (3 full days and 2 half days) and I definitely recommend at least 3 full days to allow yourself enough time to enjoy Siem Reap and the Angkor complex without getting “templed out.”
The passes to visit the Angkor Wat temple complex are sold as either a one day (US$20), three day (US$40), or seven day (US$60). We purchased our tickets the day we arrived in Siem Reap with the “start date” for the passes to begin the following day so we could get straight to temple hopping the next morning.
For those of you planning a similar itinerary, here was our plan. Our first full day was pretty temple-filled, but we took it easy the rest of the trip.
4 Day Guide to Siem Reap
Arrive in Siem Reap.
Check in to hotel (see recommendations here) and hire tuk tuk driver to take you to purchase Angkor Wat complex tickets
Afternoon horseback riding tour through Siem Reap countryside
The Happy Ranch Horse Farm
After touring Angkor Wat, head to Banteay Kdei
Visit Ta Keo
Sunset at Pre Rup
5AM: Sunrise at Angkor Wat
Lounge by the pool or head for a massage
Drive to Phnom Kulen National Park
Climb the Kulen Waterfalls and hike along the Kbal Spean River in the Valley of a Thousand Lingas
Depart Siem Reap
Where to Stay
Heritage Suites Hotel
Wat Polangka – Phum Slok Kram, Siem Reap
The Heritage Suites Hotel is beautiful boutique hotel with large suites and a striking colonial facade. We were picked up from the airport in a vintage Mercedes Benz and greeted with smiles from the staff. Service is excellent and so are the poolside canapés.
Our friends recommended a fantastic tour guide named Sam for day 2 of our itinerary. Sam was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the Angkor temple complex and its history and I highly recommend him.
Since we saw him in Siem Reap, Sam has expanded his business and while I can’t vouch for the other guides, I trust that Sam is building a reliable team of guides.
Sam at Angkor Pura
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