How to spend a day in Siem Reap

How to spend a day in Siem Reap

Explore the City of Siem Reap and follow me along for two Days.


Siem Reap, also known as the gateway to the ruins of Angkor, is a tourist town in the northwestern part of Cambodia. Not only in the ruins you can get lost but also the city has so much to offer.

Option Day 1 in Siem Reap:

8am: Get the day started

No day should start without a hearty breakfast. Therefore, off to the vibe coffee. Vegan coffee gives you everything your heart desires. I like the granola with fruit served in a pineapple. And of course a good cappuchino with rice milk.

9.45am: Pottery Workshop

It is always good to keep his interests wide. Why not learn the craft at the turntable at a pottery workshop from deaf locals? The pottery even gives you a pick up and bring TukTuk service for free. You can then bring your artwork home as a souvenir.

1pm: Time for Lunch

Did you know that there are many very good Indian restaurants in Siem Reap? Just try one. For example: Dakshin’s Restaurant.

3pm: See the Sunset at the floating Village

Although this trip is a bit cliché-like but definitely worth it! The excursion to Chong Kneas can be booked directly at Tripadvisor or at your hotel. It takes you on the boat to the fisherman’s houses, where you can see locals fishing and children playing in the water. The crowning glory is the breathtaking sunset on the Tonle Sap lake.

8pm: Explore the Night Market

Discover the diversity of the night market and try some street food! And if you cross the bridge at the end of the market you will get to the Art Center Night Market. The market has many locally manufactured products like crocodile leather, silk and souvenirs to offer. And if you can make it there at 8pm, the Apsara dance show will perform for free.

10pm: Bar tour

In the immediate vicinity of the night market is the Pub Street. As the name already says: this place is perfect for a (or two) drink.


Option Day 2 in Siem Reap:

4.30am: Sunset Tour at Angkor Wat

No one leaves Siem Reap without visiting the legendary ruins of Ankot Wat. However, the alarm clock rings early, who wants to see the sunrise behind the largest temple Ankor Wat, must start their day at 4.30am. Be sure to wear pants or a skirt over their knees and covered shoulders. You should also slip into your sneakers, because it can sometimes get muddy around the sprawling ruins. If you are interested in history, You should definitely book a tour with a guide. A tour guided tour can easily go up to seven hours. If you want to go faster, find out the most important temples on the internet and take a TukTuk driver for around $ 18/day.

12.30pm: Lunch Time at a local Restaurant

Believe me, you’re tired after Ankor Wat. You just want to eat something fast and then relax. But you should do that at a Cambodian restaurant. The Khmer kitchen has many delicious specialties. Try the following: Bai Sach Chrouk (Pork with Broken Rice), Fish Amok, Lok Lak (Stir-Fried Beef), Khmer Red Curry etc.

3pm: Learn how to cook Amok at a local Cooking Class

With a cooking class you learn to cook one of the specialties and surprise guests at home. This is a fun venture and a unique experience! At the cooking classes at Champey Cooking School (www.champeycookingclass.com), you first go to the market before you combine the many different herbs, vegetables and other ingredients to create delicious menus.

=> Option 3pm: More History? Visit the Landmine Museum.

8pm: Have a chill night with ice-cream

Still with a full belly of the Cooking Class, it is sufficient in the evening at most for a small dessert, for example, in the Gelato Lab. Round off the evening with a walk through the markets and streets. It was a busy day. And if you do not feel like having a drink, then check out Miss Wong Cocktail Bar.

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Olivia Maurer

Olivia is a Swiss Journalist with a passion for traveling and a mindfull living. I hope you enjoyed this post! Please feel free to leave a comment below, I love hearing from you all.

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