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Visiting Angkor Wat and Other Things To Do in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Top Best Things To Do in Angkor Wat Siem Reap Cambodia
Siem Reap tourist spots, attractions and things to do

Last month, we went on a semi-Indochina Trip from Manila to Ho Chi Minh, Phnom Penh, and finally to Siem Reap, before going back to Manila. In the four days we spent in Siem Reap we pretty much tried all the top best things to do in Siem Reap. We explored the temples, tasted the local food, watch a Cambodian circus, visit the floating village, and many more! You may also read the Siem Reap Travel Guide 2018 that I created to help you plan your trip.

Top Things To Do in Siem Reap Cambodia


Top Best Things To Do in Angkor Wat Siem Reap Cambodia

But before traveling to Cambodia, let me share to you my List of Top 10 Things To Know Before You Go To Cambodia this 2018.

With so many unique and amazing things to see, do, and to experience in Siem Reap, it can be overwhelming trying to decide what to do first. With this, let me share to you my top 10 best things to do in Siem Reap that you can use as your travel guide in creating your DIY itinerary if you plan to visit Siem Reap this 2018.

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1. Marvel at the Angkor Wat Sunrise


Visiting this UNESCO World Heritage Site is actually one of the top things to do in Cambodia. And a trip to Siem Reap will not be complete without a visit to the Angkor Wat temple complex. The very first thing to do is to wake up early and see the sunrise in Angkor Wat. It is definitely a must, and I could say that it's really worthy of waking up early.

Top Best Things To Do in Angkor Wat Siem Reap Cambodia


2. Be Amazed by the Angkor Wat


Visiting Angkor Wat is definitely among the top things to do in Siem Reap and certinaly one of the best things to do in Cambodia. It's an item in my bucket list, and I promised myself that I will never leave Siem Reap without seeing its famed temples. Visiting the Angkor Wat, which is a part of the bigger Angkor Wat Complex (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is considered as one of the largest religious monuments in the world. It's one of the temples in Siem Reap you should not miss to see.


Top 10 Best Things to do in SIEM REAP CAMBODIA

Top 10 Best Things to do in SIEM REAP CAMBODIA

Top 10 Best Things to do in SIEM REAP CAMBODIA

Top 10 Best Things to do in SIEM REAP CAMBODIA

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Top 10 Best Things to do in SIEM REAP CAMBODIA

Top 10 Best Things to do in SIEM REAP CAMBODIA

Top 10 Best Things to do in SIEM REAP CAMBODIA

3. Live out your Tomb Raider Fantasy at Ta Prohm


A favorite among tourists because of its popularity as the location of the movie Tomb Raider, Ta Prohm is a temple filled with jungle vines, crumbling towers, and centuries-old overgrown tall trees. You can live out your Tomb Raider fantasy by visiting this massive temple.

Tourist Spots in SIEM REAP CAMBODIA

Tourist Spots in SIEM REAP CAMBODIA

Tourist Spots in SIEM REAP CAMBODIA

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Angkor Wat Temples Complex Cambodia

Angkor Wat Temples Complex Cambodia

Angkor Wat Temples Complex Cambodia

Angkor Wat Temples Complex Cambodia

4. Climb the towers of Bayon Temple


A Buddhist temple known for it its towers with intricate bas-reliefs designs and huge faces. Here, you will be amazed at the numerous massive faces of Avalokiteshvara engraved on the towers of the Bayon Temple.

What to do in Siem Reap Travel Guide Blog 2018

What to do in Siem Reap Travel Guide Blog 2018

What to do in Siem Reap Travel Guide Blog 2018

What to do in Siem Reap Travel Guide Blog 2018

TRAVEL TIP: For convenience, you can book an Angkor Wat Sunrise and a visit to three of the most popular temples in the Angkor Complex with Klook.com for only 654 pesos. This is a guided tour which already includes a private service van, English-speaking local tour guide, sunrise watching, and a visit to 3 temples: Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, and Bayon Temple. Please note that the one-day Angkor Pass worth PHP 1,850.00 (USD 37) is not included in the package.

BOOK AND RESERVE HERE: Sunrise Angkor Exploration + Angkor Temples Tour

Siem Reap Angkor Pass Rates Prices 2018

TIPS AND REMINDERS:
  • To get inside the Angkor Wat Temple Complex, you need to get an Angkor Pass at APSARA Office (Authority for the Protection and Management of Angkor and the Region of Siem Reap). Below are the updated Angkor Pass rates as of January 2018.
    • Angkor 1 Day Pass - $37 USD
    • Angkor 3 Day Pass - $62 USD
    • Angkor 7 Day Pass - $72 USD
  • Buy your one-day Angkor Pass at 5:00 PM the day before your desired visit to the temples. Tickets bought after 5:00 PM, can be used on that day and the day after. This way, you can go to the temples and enjoy the sunset, and come back again the following day and use the Angkor Pass from sunrise until sunset.
  • The APSARA ticket booths open at 5:00 AM, if you buy your tickets the day before, you could go to Angkor Wat as early as it opens.
  • Take good care of you Angkor Pass and never lose it. You will need it every time you enter a temple. If you lost it, you need to buy a new one.

What to do in Siem Reap Travel Guide Blog 2018

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What to do in Siem Reap Travel Guide Blog 2018

5. Bargain Shopping at the Night Markets


Siem Reap's many night markets are haven for shop-a-holics and bargain hunters. You could find many things here that you could bring back home as pasalubong to your family and friends. Goods are very cheap; you can even buy souvenir shirts for as low as $2 US dollars. Just make sure to practice your haggling and bargaining skills before going to Siem Reap because you will be using it most of the time.

What to do in Siem Reap Travel Guide Blog 2018

What to do in Siem Reap Travel Guide Blog 2018

6. Enjoy the Pub Street


For the young, the "young at heart," and for those who love to get drunk and partying, the Pub Street is the place to be in Siem Reap when the night comes. You could find here many restaurants, bars, and night clubs where you could party and drink all night long.

Siem Reap 2018 Budget Travel Guide for First Timers

7. Watch PHARE, the Cambodian Circus


If you're not into partying and drinking all night long, an alternative activity to do at night in Siem Reap is to watch PHARE, the Cambodian Circus. It's a nightly show held in a small circus arena organized by Phare Ponleu Selpak, an NGO group that helps the youth by providing training and workshops in the performing arts, including circus. The show's beneficiaries are the young Cambodian boys and girls who perform in the circus, and other causes supported by the group.

Siem Reap 2018 Budget Travel Guide for First Timers

Siem Reap 2018 Budget Travel Guide for First Timers

By watching the circus show, you don't just get to enjoy their awesome acts but you also support a charitable organization, dedicated to preserving Cambodian arts and helping disadvantaged local youngsters

Siem Reap 2018 Budget Travel Guide for First Timers

Siem Reap 2018 Budget Travel Guide for First Timers

The show starts at 8:00 PM every night and it’s free seating so make sure to be there early to secure better seats. As a popular show in Siem Reap, it easily gets full, so it's better if you book and reserve your tickets in advance. We bought our tickets online via Klook.com.

BOOK AND RESERVE YOUR TICKETS HERE: PHARE The Cambodian Circus

Siem Reap 2018 Budget Travel Guide for First Timers

Siem Reap 2018 Budget Travel Guide for First Timers

8. Go on a Food Trip


One of the best ways to experience a place is to taste its local food. Sample some of the most palatable flavors of Siem Reap by visiting streets filled with food kiosks offering local delicacies, fruits, grilled items, as well as exotic dishes such as crickets, red ants, and spiders. You could also get to enjoy eating by sitting in a mat, the way locals do.

Visiting Angkor Wat and Other Things To Do in Siem Reap Cambodia

Visiting Angkor Wat and Other Things To Do in Siem Reap Cambodia

For this, we joined a guided group tour which includes transportation via remork (tuk tuk), English-speaking and friendly tour guide, and a lot of food!

BOOK AND RESERVE HERE: Siem Reap Street Food by Night

Visiting Angkor Wat and Other Things To Do in Siem Reap Cambodia

Visiting Angkor Wat and Other Things To Do in Siem Reap Cambodia

The best thing about this tour is our guide named Kim. He's a nice tour guide who introduced us to so many delicious food in Siem Reap. More to that, we also learned a lot about Cambodia from his stories. He's definitely one of the nicest and knowledgeable guides I've ever met. If you will avail this tour, request from him. I am sure, you will definitely enjoy the food tour.

Visiting Angkor Wat and Other Things To Do in Siem Reap Cambodia

Visiting Angkor Wat and Other Things To Do in Siem Reap Cambodia

9. Visit the floating village at Tonlé Sap Lake


This half-day tour will let you see and somehow experience the daily lives of the locals living in the Kompong Phluk floating villages of Tonlé Sap Lake, Southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake. We truly enjoyed the serene boat ride through the calm waters of Tonlé Sap Lake and the sunset viewing abroad the boat ends this half-day tour.

First timers guide to Siem Reap Tourist Spots and Attractions

First timers guide to Siem Reap Tourist Spots and Attractions

First timers guide to Siem Reap Tourist Spots and Attractions

First timers guide to Siem Reap Tourist Spots and Attractions

First timers guide to Siem Reap Tourist Spots and Attractions

First timers guide to Siem Reap Tourist Spots and Attractions

First timers guide to Siem Reap Tourist Spots and Attractions

First timers guide to Siem Reap Tourist Spots and Attractions

For convenience, we availed this tour via Klook.com which also comes with an English-speaking local tour guide and roundtrip shuttle service from/to Siem Reap. Be sure to choose the afternoon tour so you could enjoy the sunset.

BOOK AND RESERVE HERE: Kompong Phluk Floating Village Half-Day Tour

First timers guide to Siem Reap Tourist Spots and Attractions

First timers guide to Siem Reap Tourist Spots and Attractions

First timers guide to Siem Reap Tourist Spots and Attractions

10. Be Amazed by the Cambodians


Last, but not the least, you will surely be amazed by the Cambodians. They are very nice, warm, friendly, and accommodating. They speak good English, so communication will not be a problem. They always greet you with a smile, and they are respectful and always ready to help in any way they can. Cambodians are polite and really amazing, and it's a big part that made our trip to Siem Reap very special and truly memorable.

Poor Travelers Guide to Siem Reap

ALSO READ: Siem Reap Travel Guide 2018 with 10,000 Pesos Itinerary

TRAVEL TIPS:


Tours and Activities in Siem Reap


For convenience and to avoid scammers, we booked our activities and transfers in Siem Reap via Klook.com. We've used it several times in our recent trips to Singapore, Taiwan, and Vietnam, Hong Kong, Macau and we really love their services the wide array of activities they offer. It's definitely our go-to app when traveling abroad.

Download the Klook App for FREE at Apple Store and Google Play.

CLICK HERE TO SEARCH FOR KLOOK ACTIVITIES IN SIEM REAP


Poor Travelers Guide to Siem Reap

Cheap Flights to Siem Reap


When booking for flights, I always use the Traveloka App. They offer cheap flights and accommodations in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, Cambodia. What I love most about it are their weekly promo codes that give you additional discount on flights and hotel accommodations. With Traveloka, I can assure you that you'll always get the best deals and promos on hotels and flights!

CLICK HERE TO SEARCH FOR CHEAP FLIGHTS TO/FROM SIEM REAP CAMBODIA


Poor Travelers Guide to Siem Reap

Hotels in Siem Reap


Sok San Street Boutique

Address: 169, Steng Thmey Village, Svay Dangkum District, Soutr Nikom, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 17251
Room Rate: starts at PHP 1,071.63 per night

BOOK ONLINE: Click here to see updated room rates and book online

Tresor d' Angkor Villa & Resort

Address: Krous Village, Sangkat Svay Dangkum, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 17000
Room Rate: starts at PHP 4,164.23 per night

BOOK ONLINE: Click here to see updated room rates and book online

Download the Traveloka App now! https://www.traveloka.com/en-ph/traveloka-flight-ticket-hotel-booking-app


This trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia was made possible by Traveloka and Klook Travel. Thank you very much!

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