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If you have three days in Siem Reap, get ready for an action-packed adventure! One day is not enough for the Angkor temples alone, and there are many other wonderful experiences. For three days, this guide will give you a good mix of temples, countryside and culture.

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  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker

12 Places

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12 Places

Day 1

Angkor Wat

Monuments & statues, Ancient ruins, Religious sites, Historic sites, Architectural buildings

Ta Prohm

Ancient ruins

Bayon Temple

Ancient ruins

Banteay Srei

Ancient ruins

Palate Angkor Restaurant & Bar

Restaurants

Day 2

West Baray Lake

Bodies of water

King's Road Angkor

Specialty shops

Phare, The Cambodian Circus

Performances

Angkor Night Market

Flea & street markets

Day 3

Sister Srey Cafe

Restaurants

Phnom Kulen National Park

Religious sites, Mountains, Waterfalls

Haven Training Restaurant

Restaurants

nicowrightseeasia's City Tips

  • The most effective way to get around Siem Reap is by Tuk Tuk (or Remork, as the locals call them). For short trips flag one down; for tours ask your hotel or guesthouse for advice.
  • The Friends International website also has a good list of reliable Tuk Tuk drivers.
  • You can rent a bicycle very cheaply.
  • You can easily become overwhelmed with the choice of restaurants in Siem Reap — almost all are good! If you can't decide, pick a cuisine and head on in!
  • Prices can vary a lot for similar dishes — the main difference is the quality of the cuts of meat.
  • Tipping is not expected in Cambodia, however wages are low — if you received good service, round up your bill or add a US$1 for gratitude.
  • Smile! Cambodians are extremely friendly, and smiles go a long way.
  • Dress conservatively; especially at the temples, the dress code is quite strict. No bare shoulders or knees — even for the guys!
  • Don't touch the monks — monks are not permitted to touch women. Feel free to have a chat with them, though.
    Day 1
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    Angkor Wat
    Monuments & statues, Ancient ruins, Religious sites, Historic sites, Architectural buildings
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    nicowrightseeasia Says:

    No trip to Siem Reap is complete without a visit to Angkor Wat, and rightly so. This iconic temple complex is officially the largest religious structure in the world, and one cannot help but absorb its spiritual flare upon gazing at its beauty. There is no end to the depth of Angkor Wat, so spend enough time immersing yourself within its history, bas reliefs, impressive architecture and mysteries.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you want to know more about the history, take an accredited guide with you. Your hotel or guesthouse can recommend one; best to book in advance during high season.
    • Be aware when going off the beaten track, as there are occasionally reports of unexploded landmines!
    • Go during sunrise or sunset — this is a good way to avoid the crowds and really connect with the energy of these temples.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 129 attractions in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Awe inspiring 03/05/2015
    • Beautiful Angkor Wat 03/05/2015
    • Angkor Wat
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    Ta Prohm
    Ancient ruins
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    nicowrightseeasia Says:

    Known more commonly as the 'Tomb Raider Temple,' this spot has become a favorite among tourists. The fact that Ta Prohm, untouched by archaeologists, has been almost entirely taken over by nature is part of its charm. It serves as a powerful reminder that while empires rise and fall, the riotous power of nature marches on, oblivious to the dramas of human history.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • As Ta Prohm has been left untouched, there are some routes around the temple that are impassable. It is recommended that travelers stick to the suggested route.
    • Due to its popularity, this temple can become overcrowded at times. It has been said that Ta Prohm is most tranquil in the early morning.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 129 attractions in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Awesome - but busy 03/05/2015
    • Amazing sunrise? 03/05/2015
    • Ta Prohm
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    Bayon Temple
    Ancient ruins
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    nicowrightseeasia Says:

    'The Temple of Many Faces' is an interesting one to include in your day. Built in dedication to the Buddha in the 12th century, it has withstood time very well. It's only a short distance from Angkor Wat and a little less crowded.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you line up the camera well, you can get a photo with your nose touching the nose of one of the carvings. Makes a great photo!
    • Visit around lunchtime to avoid the masses.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 129 attractions in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Awesome Bayon 03/05/2015
    • Best temple! 03/05/2015
    • Bayon Temple
    Address:
    Angkor Thom
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
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    Banteay Srei
    Ancient ruins
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    nicowrightseeasia Says:

    Made from red sandstone and covered in intricate carvings, Banteay Srei is a masterpiece you'll want to behold. An easy visit during your day of temples.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Make this your last temple visit to get the best glimpse of the intricate carvings in the softening sunset light.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 129 attractions in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Far away Temple 03/05/2015
    • small yet special and impressive 03/05/2015
    • Banteay Srei
    Address:
    Siem Reap
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
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    Palate Angkor Restaurant & Bar
    Restaurants (Barbecue, Coffee Shop, Wine Bar, Tea Room, Sandwiches)
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    nicowrightseeasia Says:

    Head to the rooftop of this elegant restaurant located close to the Siem Reap River. Enjoy happy hour discounts (two-for-one cocktails and complimentary tapas) daily. This is an idyllic place to rest your feet and enjoy Siem Reap after a full day of exploring the temples.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Solo
    • Senior
    • Couples
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Happy hour is 5-7pm daily.
    • Downstairs, you'll find a fascinating display of art by local artists.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #61 of 447 restaurants in Siem Reap
    • Nice restaurant 02/22/2015
    • COOL is this Restaurant 02/19/2015
    • Palate Angkor Restaurant & Bar
    Address:
    Siem Reap Provice, Acha Sva Road, Watbo Village, Salakormroeuk Commune
    Siem Reap 17254
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +(855)12983980
    Other:
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    West Baray Lake
    Bodies of water
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    nicowrightseeasia Says:

    The West Baray Lake is Cambodia’s largest Baray, formerly used as a water reservoir during the Angkor period. Nowadays, it offers a tranquil environment for tourists and locals to lie in hammocks or enjoy a picnic and attempt to understand how man managed to create such an impressive lake. You can spend the day exploring the area and even take a swim in its fresh water, rent a boat or take a walk around the edge of the Baray. Either way, the West Baray is the closest thing to a beach that you will find in Siem Reap, and is well worth the trip.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Food and beer can be a bit pricey around the West Baray, so stock up on picnic ingredients before you get there.
    • The West Baray is very popular among locals, so please be respectful and dress appropriately while there. Even for swimming, it's best to wear shorts and t-shirts.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #65 of 129 attractions in Siem Reap
    • Nice place to cycle to from town 02/27/2015
    • Huge man-made lake! 02/17/2015
    • West Baray Lake
    Address:
    west of Angkor Thom
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
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    King's Road Angkor
    Specialty shops
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    nicowrightseeasia Says:

    The King's Road restaurant complex has a great variety of cuisines and a pleasant atmosphere that is a breath of fresh air amidst the hustle and bustle of town. With many easy options with delicious food at reasonable prices, it's a great place for an early dinner.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    Tips
    • Most places don't require reservations, however one or two (such as The Embassy) need to be booked in advance.
    • Choose from Khmer, Japanese, Asian wok-style cooking and Italian.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 66 shopping in Siem Reap
    • A modern place to eat 02/16/2015
    • Relaxed Riverside 10/08/2014
    • King's Road Angkor
    Address:
    7 Makara Road, Achar Sva Street
    Siem Reap 17254
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +(855)093 811 800
    Price range:
    $5 - $5
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:30 am - 11:30 pm
    Other:
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    Phare, The Cambodian Circus
    Performances
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    nicowrightseeasia Says:

    Students of the Phare Ponleu Selpak Association's performing arts school have created a series of exhilarating shows that have wowed audiences not just in Cambodia, but all over the world. You can expect to see just about any combination of acrobatics, dance, music and theater. Each performance is unique in its own right, and touching representations of Cambodian history and culture are embedded within each of the seven shows. With its mission to offer a platform for the Cambodian children to develop their skills, Phare has truly set an example to the world in more ways than one. By going to one of their shows, you can witness something spectacular and contribute to a project that is making a real positive impact on the world.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Even though every show is phenomenal, everyone has favorites. Go to Phare’s online calendar to book tickets for the performance that you prefer.
    • In front of the stage, there is a wide area completely furnished with cushions for children (and any willing adults) who want to get up close to the action.
    • Arrive early to have a snack or meal at the onsite cafe; you can also purchase drinks to take into the show.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 525 activities in Siem Reap
    • funny, humane, no language! 03/05/2015
    • Bravo! 03/05/2015
    • Phare, The Cambodian Circus
    Address:
    Comaille Road
    Behind Angkor National Museum in front of Angkor Century Hotel
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 15 499 480
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 am - 12:00 pm
    1:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Other:
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    Angkor Night Market
    Flea & street markets
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    nicowrightseeasia Says:

    If you still have energy after the circus, wander through the infinite stalls of the night market. There is a vast selection of clothing, souvenirs and jewelry, as well as massage parlors and bars.

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Be prepared to barter and don't be shy — the vendors won't sell you something at a loss. Do keep in mind that this is their livelihood, so be fair in your price.
    • You can get a good massage at a good price!
    • Head west toward Angkor Night Market Street/Bugs Street for even more market stalls amidst bars and nightlife spots.
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 66 shopping in Siem Reap
    • Awesome 03/02/2015
    • Crowded & similar shops everywhere 02/26/2015
    • Angkor Night Market
  • Day 3
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    Sister Srey Cafe
    Restaurants (Café)
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    nicowrightseeasia Says:

    Start the day with a hearty breakfast at this socially oriented cafe. The staff are friendly and will have a laugh with you, and the servings are generous and tasty! Upstairs is a small shop of locally produced clothing, skincare products, and other goods. The large table at the front is an excellent spot for people-watching along the Pokambour Street.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Great coffee, any style you like it.
    • Come hungry, the serving sizes are generous.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 447 restaurants in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Australian delight in Siem Reap 03/05/2015
    • Favorite place in SR:) 03/05/2015
    • Sister Srey Cafe
    Address:
    200 Pokambor street
    Riverside - old market area
    Siem Reap 0000
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 97 723 8001
    Price range:
    $2 - $6
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    7:00 am - 6:00 pm
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    Phnom Kulen National Park
    Religious sites, Mountains, Waterfalls
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    nicowrightseeasia Says:

    Phnom Kulen National Park is the ideal day out for anyone who is looking to explore the wildlife of Cambodia. It is situated roughly 45 kilometers outside Siem Reap, so it offers a refreshing change of scenery. Expect to see pagodas, monks, spectacular waterfalls and mountains on this cultural pilgrimage into one of Cambodia’s most sacred sites.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The journey to the National Park can be quite bumpy, but don't let this deter you from seeing this magnificent site. It will be well worth it once you arrive.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #35 of 130 attractions in Siem Reap Province
    • Underrated work of nature 03/05/2015
    • 1000 lingas, reclining Buddha and a waterfall 03/05/2015
    • Phnom Kulen National Park
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    Haven Training Restaurant
    Restaurants (Cambodian, Vegetarian, International, Asian fusion)
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    nicowrightseeasia Says:

    One of the first training restaurants in Siem Reap, Haven has an excellent selection of Khmer and Western dishes, served in an outdoor setting that is pleasant and secluded from the street. The staff are in training and aim to please!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • Book ahead, as this has become a very popular dining spot in town.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 447 restaurants in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Pretty good food if you can get in 03/05/2015
    • Good food, good staff, and good cause. 03/05/2015
    • Haven Training Restaurant
    Address:
    Sok San Street
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 78 342 404
    Price range:
    $5 - $13
    Hours:
    Mon - Tue
    11:30 am - 2:30 pm
    Mon - Sat
    5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Thu - Sat
    11:30 am - 2:30 pm
    Other:
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