Siem Reap Cambodia Travel Guide|Itinerary, Things to Do; Budget Hotels
The 2019 Siem Reap Cambodia Travel Guide|Itinerary, Things to do; Hotels are designed to help first-time travelers to Cambodia. This travel guide provides relevant and updated pieces of information needed by any adventurer. Keep on reading.
It is hard to separate Siem Reap from many of its Buddhist temples as its pagodas (called “wat”) are undeniably its biggest draw. While all of these temples are now seemingly “jaded,” given the wear-and-tear it had accrued over centuries; the wats retain a sense of architectural ingenuity which provides significant wonder to the people of today.
Year after year, millions flock this piece of land to behold a sight uncommon in many places, particularly in the west.
Angkor Wat, the Symbol of Cambodia
The Angkor Wat was not originally a temple based on the Buddhist belief. Going back at a time when Cambodia adheres to Hinduism which its succession of kings had practice, Angkor Wat was a temple meant for the Hindu god, Vishnu. But it was not until the 12th century when this belief is broken, which subsequently transformed the pagoda as a construct for Buddhism.
Featuring a design that was considered the best of Khmer architecture and an attempt to represent the belief about the legendary place called Mount Meru, Angkor Wat epitomizes both the intangible and tangible aspects of the Khmer culture.
Other temples dot the land of Siem Reap, Cambodia but these constructs are mostly only ruins of their former selves. This is much unlike what Angkor Wat is to this day—despite its damages; it still managed to retain composure that continues to animate a legacy.
Must read: Cambodia Travel Guide
Things to do in Siem Reap Cambodia|List of Tourist Attractions
To say that the temples at Angkor are the only reason for being in Siem Reap is to be shortsighted—or even blinded—from the other things that make the place more exciting.
Although present-day Cambodia is taking little efforts in capitalizing tourism through their age-old temples, it does not ignore the fact that tourism is still a significant factor in its still growing economy. For this reason, many are the sites that sprung within Siem Reap, Cambodia alone as aimed at fostering its tourism
Listed below are popular tourist attractions | Things to do in Siem Reap, Cambodia
The Amazing Temples of Siem Reap
The temples of Siem Reap are amongst the top destinations to see when visiting the place
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To see these temples, BOOK A SUNRISE ANGKOR TEMPLE PRIVATE TOUR BY TUK-TUK ( Covering: Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm Temple, Bayon Temple, Ta Keo Temple, Banteay Kdei Temple, Terrace of the Elephants, South Gate of Angkor Thom )
Apsaras Dancing Performances
Cambodia is known for its dancing girls called the “apsaras.” Donning exotic outfits and performing oftentimes slow body movements to the tune of strange music is, in a nutshell, that describes an apsara.
The performance itself may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But give it attention, and you shall probably be mesmerized by it.
Enjoy this experience, BOOK AN APSARA CULTURAL SHOW AND DINNER HERE
The Pub Street
Do you love parties? If you do, then don’t miss this place. Experiencing the “Pub Street” , the party hub is one of the top ‘Things to do in of Siem Reap, Cambodia. The area features pubs and bars and loaded with restaurants offering international cuisines.
The Cambodia Landmine Museum
The previous civil war that took place in Cambodia incorporated the presence of landmines into people’s consciousness. In commemorating this dark facet of Cambodia’s history, the Landmine Museum was established which sought to educate the people everything about landmines and, more importantly, how the world can be rid of them.
Siem Reap Old Market
Shop till you drop at the Old Market in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Locally known as Psar Chas, this place is where the locals go shopping early morning for seafood, fresh veggies, meat, and other households needs. The oldest Kmer Market in Siem Reap which you should go for your souvenir shopping.
The War Museum of Cambodia
The last 30 thirty years at the beginning of the 20th century mark the years when Cambodia was at war. Aptly dubbed the “War Museum Cambodia,” this gallery immortalizes the events of those times as depicted by the showcase of weapons and arms from all sides of the event—Cambodian, Khmer, and Vietnamese.
Tonle Sap Lake
Cruise at Tonle Sap Lake and visit the largest floating Village home to ethnic Cham and Vietnamese communities. The place features a floating school, floating restaurant, floating crocodile farm, and much more.
For more, read, Tonle Sap Lake Travel Guide
Visit this attraction, BOOK A KOMPONG PHLUK/TONLE SAP LAKE TOUR HERE
Khmer Spa Experience
While in Siem Reap, Cambodia takes time to experience their traditional massage, the Khmer Massage. Quite similar to Thai Massage, this Cambodian massage does not use any oil. The process involves using hands, thumbs, knees, and even feet to ease and stimulate pressure points of the body. Yes, like Thai Massage, you are fully clothed while enjoying this kind of massage.
Khmer Spa is one of the top things to do in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Don’t miss this experience – BOOK A SPA KHMER LUXURY EXPERIENCE HERE
How to get to Siem Reap, Cambodia
Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia with Cebu Pacific Air. Cebu Pacific flies three times per week on Manila-Siem reap Route. To book your cheap flight, click the link below:
For your convenience, you can book a private car to bring you to your hotel from Siem Reap Airport here – HOTEL TRANSFER FROM SIEM REAP AIRPORT
Getting Around Siem Reap, Cambodia
It is quite easy to get around in Siem Reap. I strongly suggest downloading a Grab Application and a Google Map for easy navigation. The moment you arrived at your hotel, ask for their call card to present to the driver if you have a problem communicating.
Tuk-tuk is a famous type of transportation in Siem Reap, Cambodia. However, Cambodians would want it to be called as Remorque to differentiate from the Tuktuk of Thailand. It would be best to agree on the price before hopping in.
Your choice of Transportation in Siem Reap, Cambodia would depend on the season, your budget, and the distance you would wish to visit.
Now, if you know how to use a motorbike, it would be great to rent one at a very affordable price and go wherever you want.
Weather|Best Time to Visit Siem Reap Cambodia
Siem Reap’s peak season is during the colder season from November to February. While quite it is challenging to visit during the wet season, which usually begins in July, it is also the season where temples look at their best. During this season the grass is greener, and most photographers would want to get beautiful photos of the temples during this time. Just be mindful of the cons though, like getting wet.
Etiquette When in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Despite millions of tourists visiting the place, Siem Reap, Cambodia belongs to a conservative society rooting its values from Buddhism. While Cambodians may understand that you may not be familiar with their cultures being a tourist, it would still be best to practice standard etiquette while in Siem Reap.
While visiting their temples it would still be best to dress descent casually like wearing some shawl or not taking down your shirt even it is hot in cases of men.
Crown Angkor Hotel, our home during our latest visit in Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Getting Connected in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Stay connected in Siem Reap, Cambodia with CEB Wi-fi Kit which you can book through their website. The Ceb Wi-Fi Kit booth is located in NAIA Terminal 3 for International departures. For more information, visit- CEB Wi-Fi Kit
1 USD = 4,061 KHR- 1 KHR = 0.013 PHP
USD is commonly used in Siem Reap, Cambodia, shops even the small stalls would peg their price in USD. You can withdraw money from the ATM at the airport the moment you arrive.
Type A, C and G power plugs and sockets with the standard frequency of 50 Hz are being used in Cambodia.
Happy Trip Tips
- Pack comfortable clothes and shoes. Even if it rains, it could still be humid at times.
- Must have accessories are as follows: sunglasses, cap, shawl, fans
- Sunscreens are a must ( I prefer 100 SFP); you can also use an off lotions.
- Don’t forget your medicines. It is also best to bring always loperamide just in case you have a sensitive stomach, pain relievers, etc.
- Extra batteries and power banks.
- Use your haggling skills when shopping in Siem Reap, Cambodia
5 Day-4 Nights Travel Itinerary – Siem Reap, Cambodia
Below is our itinerary during our latest visit to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Feel free to tweak and make your own to suit your personal preference and style of traveling.
- Evening: Depart Manila, Philippines
- Evening: Arrival Siem Reap Cambodia Airport
- Hotel Check-in
- Dinner and Rest
- Morning: Breakfast, Temple Tour
- Visit Apsara Authority Ticket Center (please buy 3 Days Tour Pass)
- Visit Angkor Thom, Bayon, Elephant Terrace, etc.
- Noon: Lunch at Angkor Cafe (restaurant with A/C opposite Angkor Wat)
- Afternoon: Continue Tour After Lunch
- Visit Taphrom, East Baray Area, Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia
- Climb Bakheng Mountain for Sunset View
- Back to Hotel
Evening: Proceed to Kai Xin Restaurant for Buﬀet with Traditional Show
- After Dinner: Visit Pub Street, Night Market
- Morning: Wake Up at 4.00 am and Depart Hotel at 4.45am for Sunrise at Angkor Wat (The Angkor Wat offers a spectacular view during sunrise so, you might consider this activity.)
- Morning: After breakfast, Continue Temple Tour to Banteay Srey District
- Along the way, stop by at some temples, pagodas and other notable locations.
- Visit at Banteay Srey, considered as the most beautiful Temple in Angkor.
- Noon: Lunch at Bong Thom Home Stay (a local Restaurant at Banteay Srey surrounded by tropical trees and herb garden)
- Afternoon: Continue Tour and back to Siem Reap, Cambodia; Visit the Sister Buddha, King’s Palace, etc.,
- Back to hotel
- Evening: Dinner at Ba Jiao Lou Restaurant
- After dinner, Traditional Khmer Massage (of course you might want to have a short walk to digest your food to prepare your body for the experience)
- Morning: Breakfast in the hotel
- Morning: After breakfast, proceed to Tonle Sap Lake Siem Reap, Cambodia and visit bodies of water that is connected to Angkor Civilization: Understand the community of people who lives by the water.
- Stop by for a moment at WEST BARAY and understand its design and purpose.
- Start exploring the Largest Lake in the World.
- Noon: Lunch
- You can start shopping at the Old Market
- Dinner – Malis Restuarant, the biggest fine dining restaurant in Siem Reap, Cambodia
- Morning: Breakfast in the hotel
- Morning: After Breakfast, proceed to downtown for last minute shopping at Angkor Market
- Noon: Lunch at Khema, a French restaurant
- Afternoon: After Lunch, visit an old market for our last minute shopping
Back to the hotel to pack your things
- Dinner and Proceed to the Siem Reap Airport for your departure
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