Siem Reap on the Cheap

Advice for those Doing One Day at Angkor Wat Temples

Sunrise at Angkor

Rent a tuktuk for $15 or less – try to find 3 other people to split with you. Your guesthouse can help you organize this, or ask the guy who drops you off from the bus station. Having someone who speaks decent English is really helpful.

Be picked up at 5am – its early, but worth it! For 3 reasons: You want to beat the heat, see the sunrise, AND get as much temple-touring in as possible.
Your tuktuk will take you to get your temple pass, $20 for one day
Start at sunrise at Angkor Wat. Cliche, and packed with tourists, but the lighting at that time is amazing.

Have breakfast at Restaurant 6 in the Angkor Wat compound – everything only $2! Ana who runs it is awesome and will take TONS of photos of you in front of Angkor Wat. She’s great, helpful, and speaks excellent English. She also has an adorable puppy named Bobo.

Continue onto other nearby big name temples: Angkor Thom, Bayon, and Ta Prohm.

Have lunch
in the shade. I’d suggest bringing lunch with you, or getting takeaway from Ana’s. Anywhere your tuktuk takes you will be overpriced, more like $5 and up. Not good quality for the money.
Finish up with Ta Keaw or any of the other outlying temples, then head home for a nap by the pool!

Stephanie Kempker at Angkor Wat Cambodia SIem Reap
Me at Angkor

Siem Reap – Angkor Wat and Temple Sight Seeing

I can remember seeing the miniature Angkor at the temple in Bangkok, when I was only 4 days into my trip, almost three months ago. I said “I’ll go there, someday..” Wistfully, because I thought it’d be years or a lifetime away.

Getting up at 5am to see Angkor Wat felt like a dream.
I had shivers and even felt slightly sick, I was so excited.

It was amazing. (for more information on Siem Reap and Angkor Wat, click here)

After a full day of wat-filled sight-seeing, I switched hostels. European was great but I really, really craved some water. I checked into Jasmine ($8 a night AC dorm with big free breakfast and a pool!) and chilled by the pool before heading back to European to have dinner with my British friends before the girls headed to Sihanoukville on the night bus and David and I hit Pub Street with 2 more British people we met at European (so many Brits!!)

Pub Street is the center of Siem Reap night life, though to me it feels like Cambodia’s answer to Khao San Road – gimmicky and touristy. BUT sometimes, that’s exactly what one wants.

In case it wasn’t obvious enough