Siem Reap is in the Northwestern part of Cambodia. It is the gateway to the ruins of Angkor including the famous Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Growing up learning Asian History in school, the Angkor Wat was always mentioned with great importance. That knowledge and curiosity of the place drove me to plan a trip to Cambodia on a budget.
How to get to Siem Reap from Thailand?
Since we are based in Thailand, traveling to Cambodia is rather easy. Flying to Cambodia would be the fastest way. However, poor travelers that we are, we took the coach from Mochit Bus Terminal directly to Siem Reap. The fare is 750 Baht one way including the lunch. It will usually take about 6-7 hours until you arrive in Siem Reap.
What can you do in Siem Reap?
These are activities you can do that doesn’t involve too much spending.
- Walk around Pub Street
Pub street is where most of the fun is at night. Tourists come here to dine or buy some souvenirs from the shops.
- Try out Cambodian food
If you are in a new place, you should always try the food in that place. You will get a glimpse of its culture and history through food. I found the food similar with Filipino food such as the rice as their staple food. Their main dishes include fish and meat.
- Explore the temples and do the TEMPLE RUN 🙂
Okay, before I start, I’d like to explain that the region of Angkor has more than a thousand temples. Yes, a thousand temples! However, these temples were built hundreds of years ago so other temples are not advisable to visit or others are being renovated. Before you can enter and appreciate the temples, you need to pay a fee of $ 20/ person for a day pass.
Here are the top temples you can visit.
- Angkor Wat
- Angkor Thom
- Terraces of Elephants
- Banteay Srey
- Banteay Samre
- Ta Prohm
- Preah Khan
- Pre Rup Temples
How to tour around the temples?
You can tour by renting a bike if you want physical activity. Another option is by renting a tuktuk for a day. What I can recommend you doing is hiring a tour guide and they’ll take care of your transportation.
We hired a tour guide on our temple visit and it was a good decision. Going from one temple to another will get boring and uninteresting because you will see the same thing, temples. But hiring a tour guide who will explain why the temple was built, how it was built and fascinating stories about it will make you think you were back in the past.
This is a picture of me with our tour guide and driver.
If you decide to get a tour guide in your temple run, you can email San Park at firstname.lastname@example.org
I did enjoy my trip to Siem Reap especially exploring the temples. I am happy to say that I have seen Angkor Wat and stepped on the same ground where Angelina Jolie filmed her movie. I am sure my History teacher will be proud.
Do you like visiting temples?
What is your favorite temple in Siem Reap?
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