Three Day Itinerary at Siem Reap/ Angkor Wat

Three days is the bare minimum to see the main sights at Siem Reap. Obviously, longer the better. For a smoother trip, hire a car. Here’s a suggested three-day Itinerary. It manages to cover the major sights. It may seem a little cramped. But it worked for us and should for you as well. If you like to linger on at a place, by all means, do that. Some of the places can be skipped.

Day 1: Start at South Gate of Angkor Thom, proceed to see the Elephant Terrace, Leper King Terrace, enigmatic Phimenakas & the royal enclosure and then the majestic Bayon.

 

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The entrance of Angkor Thom: The Gods holding the Serpent

 

 

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The Leper King Terrace

 

 

After a lunch strap on your Tomb Raider gear and head to Ta Prohm and catch a glimpse of Angkor Wat at sunset. You will come back here the next day. So just take in the views.

 

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The Tree and Stone Camaraderie at Ta Prohm

 

Day 2: Pack your breakfast and get an early start. No matter what time of the year, everyone wants to catch the sunrise over the Angkor Wat towers. So be prepared to squeeze. After the million photos of the sunrise and its reflection in the pond, head in. You will need at least four hours. The head to Ta Som and Neak Pean before breaking for lunch.

 

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Angkor Wat

 

Next, check out Preah Khan and plonk in for the sunset at Bakheng. Again expect a crowd.

 

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Sunset at Bakheng

 

Day 3: This day will be a little rushed. Start with Banteay Srei, then proceed to Banteay Samre, Bakheng and Preah Pithu. Optionally add in Bapuon, Tep Pranam and Suor Prat towers.

 

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The Orange Hued Banteay Srei

 

 

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Tep Pranam

 

Traditionally everyone talked about the ‘Petit’ and ‘Grand’ circuits when visiting Siem Reap. here is a low down.

Petit Circuit: Angkor Wat, Bakheng & Angkor Tham. Plus Thommanon, Chaosay Tevoda, Spean Thma, Hospital Chapel, Ta Keo, Ta Nei, Ta Prohm, Kutisvara, Banteay Kdei, Srah Srang & Prasat Kravan

Grand Circuit: Angkor Wat, Bakheng & Angkor Tham. Plus Pre Rup, East Mebon, Ta Som, Kroi Ko, Neak Pean & Preah Khan

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