The Mystical Siem Reap in 3 Days
Siem Reap is a small town in Cambodia that is known as an ‘ancient world’ because of its temples and ruins that have been left behind by the Khmer Empire (Angkor Empire). The town is most famous for its massive temple complexes that are the main destination for tourists visiting the town. However, the town has way more to offer than just temples. It has a massive pub street where you can find hipster pubs and great places to socialize with the locals. Also, there are several markets that sell traditional crafts and delicious street food. Beyond that, you can explore the floating fishing village and visit other ruins. It goes without saying that Siem Reap has everything that makes traveller potentially not want to leave.
This itinerary is going to show you how to visit the majority of Siem Reap's attractions in a short period of time without rushing through it. However, be prepared to spend quite a bit of money here as Siem Reap is probably the most expensive place in Cambodia.
- 3 day itinerary
- Average of 4 stops per day
Siem Reap 3 Day Itinerary
- Angkor Wat (1) and Angkor Night Market
- Angkor Wat (2) and Pub Street
- Angkor Wat (3) and the Floating Village
Angkor Wat (1) and Angkor Night Market
The first day covers the sunrise at Angkor Wat and a visit to several of its main temples. After the temples, you are going to explore the Angkor Night Market in Siem Reap and taste delicious food. You will have to get tickets for Angkor Wat before your visit, or you can queue early in the morning to buy them. You can’t buy tickets online as ticket sellers need to verify your identity and take a photo of you. You can buy a 1-Day, 3-Day or a 7-Day pass for the temple complex. Also, Angkor Wat tickets are expensive, so there is no point in wasting your time trying to shop around for cheaper tickets at other places as they simply don't exist.
For this itinerary, purchase a 3-Day pass for Angkor Wat. It is not possible to visit all the temples in one day as the temple complexes are big, so you will have to rent a tuk-tuk, scooter or bike to get around. Once you are done with the temples on Day 1, head to the Angkor Night Market to enjoy some great food.
Angkor Wat (2) and Pub Street
On your second day, you are going to return to Angkor Wat to explore some other temples some more. Don’t forget to bring your ticket with you once again and rent a tuk-tuk, scooter or bike for the day so that you can make sure you cover every temple mentioned in this itinerary.
During this day, you will learn more about the ancient Angkor town and visit 3 different temple complexes that weren’t destroyed by the time nature took charge of them. By the early evening, you will have a chance to explore a famous Siem Reap night time attraction – Pub Street, where you will find great pubs. However, don’t stay up for too long!
Angkor Wat (3) and the Floating Village
The third day covers another set of Angkor Wat temples that you still haven’t explored yet, but shouldn't miss. During this day, you will visit an unrestored temple (be prepared to pay an extra fee to visit it at the entrance) and visit two more central temples. You will have to wake up early to finish exploring the temples before the sunset, as for the sunset, you are going to visit the Siem Reap Floating Village. You can visit the Floating Village on your own or take a tour from the centre of Siem Reap.
Also, don’t forget to arrange tuk-tuk or rent a scooter for this day, too. You might need to pay extra for a tuk-tuk driver to take you to the furthest temple.