Explore Angkor Wat Temple
Angkor Wat is the world’s largest religious monument and is considered as a masterpiece of humankind which was built during the reign of Suryavarman II, in the first half of the 12th century. The total area is almost 200 hectares. The temple combines 2 major features of Khmer’s magnificent architecture: a pyramid and concentric galleries.
To me a day is not enough to explore the Angkor complex. I spent 3 days there, which gave me more time to learn about the history of Angkor’s dynasty. There are 3 types of passes available that you can consider which one is suit your journey.
- 1 day pass: 37$
- 3 day pass: 62$
- 7 day pass: 72$
Visit Ancient Ta Prohm
Explore The Bayon And Learn About Its History
Ride A Bike Around Angkor Archaeological Park
Angkor Archaeological Park is 400 square kilometers including the forest area, Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon and other majestic temples. Angkor Archaeological Park was declared The UNESCO World Heritage in 1992. Unless you are Cambodian, you have to buy the Angkor pass to visit the Angkor Archaeological Park.
There are many different ways to visit the Angkor Wat depending on your budget, how long you stay and how you want to experience the city.
I chose bicycle as my main way to travel around Siem Reap. Apart from the 40 degrees Celsius heat, it is very easy to cycle around Angkor Wat since the road is surrounded by a lot of trees and nature. The rental is around 2$ -4$/day and you can easily find a rental shop near your hotel. And don’t forget to bargain to get a better price for your rental.
Prepare yourself a map, water and some snacks for your journey around the Angkor Archaeological Park. Believe me, it is the cheapest but the most interesting way to travel around Siem Reap and with your own bike, you can stop by any temple for how long that you want, you can totally manage your itinerary. Great, right?!
Walk Around The Old Market
Opening Hours: Daily from 7am to 8pm
Location: 2 Thnou St, Siem Reap, Cambodia
The old market is locally known as Psar Chas which is the oldest local Khmer market in Siem Reap with many vendors and stalls selling all kinds of local souvenirs, jewelry, clothes, food or art sculptures, carvings.
Some small tips for you when walking around the Old Market: it can get crowded at some points, so you need to pay attention to your belongings, you should be ready to bargain hard to get the best price, sometimes the actual price is about the third of the first price.
Shop At The Art Night Market
Address: 7000, Hospital St, Krong Siem Reap, Campuchia
Opening hours: 16.00 – 23.00
The Art Market’s located on the East bank of the Siem Reap river, opposite the Old Market and near the Pub street. Thus, if you have a short time trip to Siem Reap, you can consider visiting the Old Market, the Art Market and Pub street in one day/ haft day trip. The Art Market offers a variety of local products and souvenirs for travelers. It’s just very much like other markets in the center of touristy area in Thailand, Bali, Malaysia; however, the price is much cheaper. You have to haggle or bargain to get the best price. The sellers and shopkeepers in Cambodia can speak many languages.
Plan A Foodie Tour
Siem Reap street’s food is somehow influenced by Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese, the neighbor countries’ style and flavors. It is not difficult to find an authentic Khmer restaurant in the center of Siem Reap where you can fully enjoy variety of local food, snacks or exotic tropical fruit/ juice. Travelers can easily find stalls of BBQ in very nook and corners in Siem Reap, especially in the Old Market, the Art Market, and the food stalls along the Siem Reap river.
Bai Sach Chrouk( Pork with broken rice)
Bai Sach Chrouk is one of the most popular
dishes for breakfast in Cambodia which is usually offered by the street vendors. It is composed of broken rice( Bai) and sliced, grilled pork ( sach Chrouk) and pickled vegetables.
Pork is mainly used for the Bai Sach Chrouk; however, some vendors or restaurants have got more options like: duck, beef, chicken, egg or even spring rolls, whatever can be ordered as the topping for your rice.
Green Mango/ papaya salad
Green mango or papaya salad is not just the favorite food of locals but the foreigners and travellers. The mango/ papaya salad is well-known in Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia cuisines. The salad is mixed of mango or papaya and fish sauce, lemon juice, sugar, chilly, garlic, beans, green eggplant, and variation of different kinds of seafood like dried shrimp, crab, dried fish or squid.
Pong tia koon – Balut
Balut is a favorite dish in Philippine, Vietnam, Cambodia and others Asian countries like Thailand, Laos. You can find many street vendors selling balut which is served with mint( laksa leaves) and salt and pepper powder and a slice of lime as a mixture with the powder.
I know it is a little eww to Western or European friends, but definitely it is delicious, you should try at least once. Believe me, it’s my favorite food ever.
Street food BBQ
Like Thailand and Vietnamese, Cambodian love grilled food, there are plenty of the street grilled food like: chicken, fish, squid, shrimp, pork, duck, beef, etc even insects which is served together with the Cambodian fish sauce or chill sauce. Wall around all local markets, you can definitely find a mouth-watering food carts selling all sorts of the BBQ.
Nom banh chok: Khmer noodles
You can find many street vendors in the morning served noodles. Nom banh chok is served mainly for breakfast in Siem Reap. Rice noodles are topped with variety of vegetables like cucumber, banana blossom, bean-sprouts, basil, mint, etc. The taste of nom banh chok maybe a bit different from regions to regions in Cambodia. For some restaurants, they may top up the red curry, dried shrimp, fish sauce, peanuts, coconut milk.
Watch Sunset At Tonle- Sap Lake
Tonle Sap ( Khmer: ទន្លេសាប) is a seasonal inundated lake, the lake’s size is around 2500 km2 during the dry season( late April), but its size enlarge to 6-7 times in the rainy season( September and early October), around 16000 km2 .
There are many different spots of Tonle Sap where you can visit and enjoy the sunset or take a boat ride to experience the floating life of local people here. The ticket for boat ride is overpriced, 20$/ person, even there are plenty of boats with kids driving. There are many tours visiting Tonle Sap in Siem Reap including dinner by the lake or visiting crocodile farm. We actually didn’t book a tour but hiring a tuk-tuk to bring us to the lotus farm and straight to the Tonle Sap lake. 20$/person is not worth my money at all as a backpacker so we just hung around the Lake and watched the sunset.
Visit Lotus Farm
Location: ក្រុងសៀមរាប, 8R2V+73 Siem Reap, Cambodia ( on the way to Tonle Sap Lake)
Opening hour: 8AM- 17PM
Entrance ticket: 2000 Riels/ person ( 0.5$)
The Lotus Farm is located about 15 minutes from the center of Siem Reap and it’s on the way to Tonle Sap lake, so you can combine lotus farm and Tonle Sap lake for a haft day visit. It is a nice place for a short visit, taking some nice pictures and eating some local food in the restaurants inside the lotus farm. Apart from witnessing the flower, you can enjoy the boat ride in the lotus lake. There are some lotus farms including lotus workshop where you can buy goods from lotus or lotus stem product.
Learn Cambodia’s History In The National Museum
Location: 968 Vithei, Charles De Gaulle, Krong Siem Reap, Campuchia
Entrance fee: 12$/ adult and 6$/kid. You can rent detailed audio guide in multiples languages for additional cost of 6$.
Opening hour: 1 Apr – 30 Sep 08.30 – 18.00
1 Oct – 31 Mar 08.30 – 18.30
Angkor National Museum is one of the biggest museum in Cambodia. The museum covers Khmer history, artifacts and civilization. The museum has strict policy of no taking photos. Before your trip to the Angkor Wat complex, you can consider visiting the museum which provides you a plenty of information about the temples.
- Briefing hall: before visiting the gallery, visitors are expected to sit in a theater to watch the mix of 15-minute video presentation about the museum and the briefing of Angkor Empire’s history.
- Exclusive gallery: you are able to visit a room of 1000 Buddha statues’ collection.
- Gallery of Khmer Civilization: How the Khmer was established. Explore the Khmer’s faith and the stories of ancient wars.
- Gallery of Khmer’s Religion and Beliefs: Learn about the legends and folk tales that motivated the civilization of Khmer and the affection of Khmer civilization.
- Gallery of Great Khmer Kings: stories of 4 Great Khmer Kings: Jayavarman II, Yasovarman I, Soryavarman II, Jayavarman VII.
- Gallery of Angkor Wat: learn about the history of how the masterpiece of Angkor Wat was constructed.
- Gallery of Angkor Thom: learn about the architecture and history of Angkor Thom.
- Gallery of Stones: stone inscriptions found provide evidence of ancient language, beliefs, various legends of Khmer empire.
- Gallery of Ancient Costume: different style of Khmer costumes amongst the Angkor ancient periods.
Angkor National Museum, Siem Reap, Campodia. (visited 25-4-2019).
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