Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia is easily one travel bucket list for many but I tell you, the place is definitely more than just temple run.
Here’s a sample itinerary to explore Siem Reap for 3 days.
- 1 Day 0: ETA in Siem Reap, Cambodia
- 2 Day 1: Angkor Wat Sunrise + Small Circuit Tour + Phare Cambodian Circus
- 3 Day 2: Angkor Grand Circuit/Big Circuit + Banteay Srei Tour + Angkor Night Market
- 4 Day 3: Kompong Phluk Floating Village + Siem Reap City Tour
Day 0: ETA in Siem Reap, Cambodia
If you already have a booked accommodations or any tour package, you can coordinate with them to pick you up at the airport. Depending on where you are staying, travel time is usually around 20 to 30 minutes.
Day 1: Angkor Wat Sunrise + Small Circuit Tour + Phare Cambodian Circus
Small Circuit Tour
Whether it’s the sunrise or sunset, the Angkor Wat is surely majestic. For travelers who only have limited time to spend in Siem Reap, like a day or two, the Small Circuit tour is the way to go as it consists of the most legendary monuments in the Angkor Archaeological Park including the must-see Angkor Wat.
The Small Circuit consists of the following temples:
- Angkor Wat
- Angkor Thom (Bayon, Baphuon, Phimeanakas , the Terrace of the Elephants, and the Terrace of the Leper King)
- Chau Say Tevoda
- Ta Keo
- Ta Prohm
- Banteay Kdei
- Srah Srang
- Prasat Kravan
Phare Cambodian Circus
End the day watching the highly recommended Phare Cambodian Circus. The show is definitely more than just acrobatics – it’s theater and Cambodian culture rolled into one.
Day 2: Angkor Grand Circuit/Big Circuit + Banteay Srei Tour + Angkor Night Market
To continue your temple hopping, proceed with the Angkor Grand Circuit tour.
The Grand Circuit consists of the following temples:
- Preah Khan
- Neak Pean
- Ta Som
- East Mebon
- Pre Rup
After the Grand Circuit, you may opt to explore Banteay Srei, an impressive 10th century Cambodian temple, that is 20km from the main Angkor complex (travel time is around 30-40 minutes).
If you still got some energy, spend the rest of the night roaming around nearby markets for really affordable goods.
Day 3: Kompong Phluk Floating Village + Siem Reap City Tour
For a unique experience, spend the morning exploring the Kompong Phluk Floating Village and see how some of the locals do their day-to-day activities while living on stilts. You should also not missed riding a small canoe around the flooded mangrove forest.
For your few remaining hours left, go around the city and see some of Siem Reap’s temple and shrines like Wat Preah Prom Rat, Wat Kesararam, and Preah Ang Chek Preah Ang Chom. You can also get a glimpse of the Royal Palace.