So I had a mini little adventure with my dearest sister of 17 going 18 years in Siem Reap! I have received a couple of requests for the itinerary, so I have decided to do a quick one for you.
As always, I like to start with what I shouldnt have done, and this time it was:
Planning Sunrise Tour and Full Day Angkor Wat tour separately.
So each entry in to Angkor Wat is USD 20, USD 40 for a 3 days pass. For us we were only planning to head back there once, and we clearly forgot that to catch the sunrise, is considered a day. So we ended up paying USD 20 for 1 full day tour, and USD 20 again just to catch sunrise.
So save the USD 20 by planning Sunrise, Day Tour, Sunset Tour @ Angkor Wat!
- Reach Rambutan Resort in afternoon ( Nice place, but the mosquitoes are OMG)
- Walked to the Old market and bought tickets for a Full Day Tour to Angkor Wat temple @ USD 13 (Excluding lunch & USD 20 entrance tickets)
- Buy ticket to traditional apsara dance and buffet dinner – USD12
- Walk the night market
- Breakfast @ Rambutan Resort – They serve really good brekkie FOC!
- Temple tour @ 8.30am to 6.30pm *
- Angkor Thom
- Bayon Temple
- Ta Phnom
- Angkor Wat
- Phnom Bakheng Temple **
- Dinner in Hotel
- Massage @ Khmer Relief Spa ( Really good pampering for the price we paid)
- Drinking cheap supermarket beer at the hotel
*Travel Tip: I personally think that joining the tour isn’t too bad a thing if you would like to learn the historical beginnings of the temples. Our guide is pretty nice but he didn’t have the best English so sometimes we lose track of what he says and we start to lost interest in the explanation.
We paid USD 26 for 2 pax, you can consider hiring a driver who can take you around for the same price in Aircon comfort. Once you hit mid day, a tuk tuk dont really seem that ideal in the dusty hot sun 🙂
** Travel Tip: Phnom Bakheng has a limitation of 300 pax on the top of the temple which people queue to get in. I would suggest that you start to make your way up to the hill between 3,30-4pm and camp for your sunset spot. It is beautifully awesome unless you have Chinese tourists who block the view 1/2 the time with their cameras.
- Breakfast @ Rambutan Resort
- Relax in hotel pool ( Bring mosquito repellant)
- Did a 4.5hrs spa session (USD 80), at Asia Spa Association ( The masseurs talk too much)
- Make booking for Genevieve’s Restaurant for Day 4( Must Go! Super popular)
- Ate at Chamkar Vegetarian Restaurant instead, best decision ever ***
- Back to hotel to rest
***Travel Tip Chamkar restaurant was the best vegetarian restaurant I have been to anywhere in the world. If you are ever in Siem Reap, dont miss out on this place cause their food was sooo soo good. If you have the chance, go try one of their appetizers called Wedding Feast, and Eggplant lovers. BEST BEST BEST. We tried their original outlet which is super “bird dont lay egg place” there is another outlet in Old Market which has a smaller but equally good menu
- See Sunrise at Angkor Wat ( USD 10 for taxi, USD 20 each for tickets)
- Go back hotel sleep / you can choose to go travel Angkor Wat again since you already have tickets to the place
- Lunch at ABBA Cafe & Lounge ( The Khmer Curry is yummy!)
- Did yoga @ Peace Cafe for USD 7
- Headed back to Genevieve’s Restaurant (Do try their Beef Lok Lak. Soo soo good!)
- Night market shopping for souvenirs
- Clubbing at Temple Club – No cover charge and nice music
- Slept in and slack in the hotel
- Claim our 30 mins free foot massage from the hotel
- Almost went back to Chankra for lunch cause it was so damn good
Travel Tips for Siem Reap
- Everything is quoted to you in USD. Change is usually given back to you in Riels as well.
- Changi Airport doesnt have Cambodia Riels for change, so take note of that if you are doing your exchange.
- You know those baggy thin Aladdin pants? Wear them with your thinnest top cause the weather is crazy hot!
- Bargain for everything. The first price they quote you is always the price which they have already double up. I have a same wallet quoted to me from a range of USD 2-6 dollars.
- Tuk Tuk rides are pretty much at USD 1-2 dollars. For longer distances it can be USD 3. There are loads of Tuk Tuk drivers, so dont ever be worried about not being able to find 1!