My girlfriend and I are planning to spend a few days in Siem Reap (mostly for Angkor ) in July. We hired a guide to take us around on days 2-4 to maximize our time there.
We like adventure and a little off the beaten path (which I know is impossible here now) I really wanted to see Kbal Splean, but she advised against it due to travelling in July.
Below is her recommended itenerary trying to suit our needs and a few of my inputs. Let me know your thoughts and if there is anything missing that we "can't miss".
Day 1 Half Day
Afternoon: Arrive in Siem Reap and explore the town. (not certain where or what to do, we arrive around 2pm)
Morning: Angkor Thom (South Gate, Bayon, Baphuon, Royal Palace, Phimeanakas, Elephant's Terrace, Leper King's Terrace)
Afternoon: Angkor Wat and sunset.
Morning: Banteay Srei, Banteay Samre and Pre Rup.
Afternoon: Beng Mealea, which is the remote and further and most ruined temple in the country. and Floating Village (Tonle Sap Lake).
Day 4 Half Day*
Get up and leave hotel at 5:00 am to see sunrise at Angkor Wat.
Morning: Prasat Kravan, Ta Prohm,Ta Keo,Thommanon
Afternoon: Go to the airport at 12:00
#1 brandonc2012 has been a member since 8/6/2012. Posts: 2
We didn't hire a guide but I did see some others with one. We hired a Tuk Tuk driver both days. He was really good and took us around each day. If I were you I would leave a little earlier than 5 am. We left just after 4 am were the first ones there. We bought some coffee from a guy who sat some mats out by the lake and got some front row seats. We only spent two days touring as that's all the time we had. I saw a few people on Bikes which I thought was crazy as it was 37 degrees when I was there.
We took a drive out to the floating village but didn't feel like paying 30.00US for it. Although our Tuk Tuk was able to talk them down. Its was very busy also!!
As for Siem Reap the night market was awesome in my opinion!! We had 30 minute foot massages for something like $1.00 per person. Lots of awesome places to eat near the market also.
"We like adventure and a little off the beaten path" - Our Tuk Tuk took us off the path and saw some interesting sites!!
That's all I have as its late here.. Pm me if you want but there are of ton of people who have a lot of experience on here. I am a rook!!!
THank you both for your replies. We hired a guide with a driver so we could get the full experience. I just wanted to know if there were any temples missing from my itenerary or any temples that could be left off for something better.
Also, we get in at 2pm and were wondering if we should try to catch a sunset somewhere or just explore Siem Reap.
Thanks again for the feedback!
#4 brandonc2012 has been a member since 8/6/2012. Posts: 2
I visited SR in 2008. Like yourself I researched all the temples I wanted to see over 3 days. When I met my (prebooked) tuk tuk driver on the first morning I gave him my itinerary and left the logistics to him. I was picked up at 5am each morning. I didn't take all day to see what I wanted which was just as well as the heat is oppressive.
I hired my own boat ($25) to go out on Tonle Sap to visit the Floating Village but if I had company I would have gone on the Taraboat Sunset Cruise. Just a thought.
Well its good to hear that you looking to spend some time with your girl friend. but before you going there try to get all the information about weather.
#8 traveloworld has been a member since 14/6/2012. Posts: 13