Three Days in Siem Reap
Siem Reap, Cambodia is on many traveler's bucket lists due to the iconic Angkor Wat. It's been on our list and easy to achieve as you can do almost the entire city in three days. It was easy for us to go as a long weekend. Check out our tips below on how to make your perfect trip to Siem Reap.
1. Hire Your Own Driver
Our friend recommended Angkor Tours Driver to us. There is no better way to see the city! Dao, the lovely owner, is fluent in English and very interesting to talk to. His motto is "Dao is my name. Driving is my game. Touring is my passion. I aim to please and promise 100% happiness." I couldn't agree with his motto more. Having Dao and Mr. Hay as our drivers for the weekend perfected the trip.
I've never been a fan of large tours filled with buses of 30 people. By using Angkor Tours Driver, we were able to see the temples at our own pace. I would highly recommend it to anyone coming to Siem Reap. Feel free to book him on Tripadvisor or Facebook.
2. Do the Angkor Wat Sunrise Tour
Our driver picked us up at 4:30am to head to Angkor Wat. This is the best way to go. You avoid crows and the heat. It was crowded, but nothing like I imagined it would be. First you go to the iconic Angkor Wat, you've seen pictures of.
Afterwards, we headed to Ta Prohm, the Jungle Temple. Famous for Angelina Jolie's TombRider movie that was filmed here. It was different than anything we've ever seen. There were trees growing through the temple. It felt like a forest adventure walking through it.
Next we headed to the Bayom Temple, Angkor Tom, and Banteay Sri. We decided that Ta Prohm was our favorite of them all. Angkor Wat is a must see and it makes sense why it is considered one of the wonders of the world.
3. Go to a Fishing Village
For the second day of our tour, we went to Kompong Kleang floating and stilt house village, an hour and a half outside the city. It was very eye opening experience. People in this village live on floating rafts and rely on the lake for food. The fisherman in the family leaves before sunrise and comes home well past sunset. There is a lot of pressure, as the fish is their own set of income. We took a bought through the village and saw two schools that were one rooms boats.
4. Stay at a Nice Hotel
Cambodia has a very low cost of living. Hostel dorm beds run from $3 a night to 5 star hotels at $50 a night. We stayed at My Unique Boutique Guest House that cost $25 a night. This hotel included airport pickup and drop off, breakfast every morning, and free evening tuk tuk service. We were impressed by the breakfast as it was made to order. We're going to continue taking advantage of these South East Asia prices. Three nights at a hotel is a quarter of the price than one night in NYC.