HomeAsiaSoutheast AsiaCambodiaSiem Reap 9 Places to Visit in Siem Reap + Things To Do By Marcos Detourista. Updated on June 13, 2019. Where to go in Siem Reap? Achieve your travel goals with this list of beautiful destinations, things to do, best places to visit, Siem Reap tourist spots, attractions & more. In my early years of traveling, there was no other place that had captured my wanderlust more than Siem Reap. If you’re fascinated by ancient architecture, this place is undoubtedly a great reason to travel to Cambodia and a must-visit in Southeast Asia. I have always enjoyed each time I get the chance to go. In fact, I have visited Siem Reap 4x so far! I just can’t get enough of the temple runs and relaxed cosmopolitan vibe of the city center. My last trip happened recently when Cebu Pacific Air, PH’s leading budget airline, invited me to join a 5-day tour. Traveling to Siem Reap has never been easier than it is now thanks to Cebu Pacific’s 3x weekly flights direct from Manila. Not to mention, available connections between Manila and all major cities in Visayas and Mindanao. View affordable flights to Siem Reap. Ready to achieve your Siem Reap travel goals? Scroll down to see the list of spots that I enjoyed during my latest trip. As a bonus, I’ve included a sample Siem Reap itinerary that’s perfect for first-time visitors. For more, also check out my detailed Siem Reap Travel Guide. 1. Angkor Wat Marcos at Angkor Wat (temple), Siem Reap Marcos at Angkor Wat (temple), Siem Reap Angkor Wat (temple) view from the reflecting pond The Churning of the Ocean of Milk at Angkor Wat Location: Angkor Little Circuit. Save on Google Maps. Angkor Wat is the centerpiece of the ancient city of Angkor. Needless to say, your trip to Siem Reap wouldn’t be complete without exploring this massive and impressively built temple. As you walk past the west gate and approach the main structure, don’t miss the picturesque view of Angkor Wat from the reflecting ponds. Make your way to the outer gallery and admire the extensive stone carving depicting scenes from the Hindu epics the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Walk up to the highest level for a closer view of the central tower. Before leaving, make to sure to find the bas-relief of the “Churning of the Sea of Milk” found at the east wall of the outer gallery. The vibe at Angkor Wat changes depending on the time of day and season of the year. If you want to avoid the huge crowds, schedule your trip during the late afternoon as crowds often troop to Phnom Bakheng to watch the sunset. The low season (May to September) and shoulder seasons are also an interesting time to go. There’s a chance of rain showers, but the fewer crowds and sober mood also add to the mystifying experience. 2. Sunrise at Angkor Wat Yes, you need to wake up before the crack of dawn, but the experience can be worth it, especially when the sky is clear. Seeing the silhouette of Angkor Wat slowly appear against a pitch black sky is one of my fondest memories of Siem Reap. The golden sun rising past Angkor Wat’s iconic towers is also a very beautiful sight. It’s best to leave your hotel 30 to 45 minutes before sunrise. You can Google “Siem Reap Sunrise” to know the exact time. The best spot is at the edge of the south reflecting pond. The north reflecting pond used to be a beautiful vantage point but it’s now covered up by a thick layer of algae and water lilies. 3. Ta Prohm Marcos at Ta Prohm Temple, Siem Reap Dinosaur stone carving at Ta Prohm Temple Location: Angkor Little Circuit. Save on Google Maps. Ta Prohm is another temple that I never fail to visit when I’m in Siem Reap. This crowd favorite is also known as the “The Jungle Temple,” made famous by the 2001 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider movie. Here, you can find gigantic trees and their roots taking over the ruined stone structures. Like Angkor Wat, it is best to visit Ta Prohm just after sunrise or during the late afternoon to avoid the crowds. 4. Bayon Temple Buddha faces at Bayon Temple, Siem Reap Marcos at Bayon Temple, Siem Reap Location: Angkor Little Circuit. Save on Google Maps. Bayon Temple, famous for its iconic giant Buddha faces carved on stone-towers, along with Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm comprise the three major temples found along the popular “Little Circuit” loop. Including these three main temples should be enough for a day’s tour. If you’re a big fan of architecture and ancient monuments, however, and you feel like you won’t easily get “temple fatigue,” it might be worth including more sites in your itinerary. Angkor Little Circuit main temples and sites Angkor Wat* Angkor Thom South Gate*Location: Save on Google Maps. Bayon Temple* Baphuon TempleLocation: Angkor Thom. Save on Google Maps. Phimeanakas TempleLocation: Angkor Thom. Save on Google Maps. Terrace of the Elephants & Terrace of the Leper King*Location: Angkor Thom. Save on Google Maps. Thommanon TempleLocation: Save on Google Maps. Chau Say Tevoda TempleLocation: Save on Google Maps. Ta Keo Temple*Location: Save on Google Maps. Ta Prohm Temple* Banteay Kdei TempleLocation: Save on Google Maps. Srah Srang (reservoir)Location: Save on Google Maps. Phnom Bakheng* — Popular destination for sunset views. Arrive at the temple on or before 4 pm during the peak tourist season. Only around 300 people are permitted to go inside at a time. There is no view of Angkor Wat or other major temples from the top.Location: Save on Google Maps. The more interesting sites are marked with an asterisk*. 5. Banteay Srei Marcos at Banteay Srei (temple), Siem Reap Banteay Srei (temple) Location: Angkor Grand Circuit. Save on Google Maps. Banteay Srei is one of my favorite temples. Constructed from pink-hued sandstone, this temple may be small but the detailed carvings here are impressively intricate! Banteay Srei is quite a distance away from Angkor Wat. If you plan to go, it might be worth visiting temples in the Grand Circuit loop as well. Angkor Grand Circuit main temples and sites Preah Khan*Location: Save on Google Maps. Neak Pean*Location: Save on Google Maps. Ta SomLocation: Save on Google Maps. Eastern MebonLocation: Save on Google Maps. Pre RupLocation: Save on Google Maps. Beyond the Little Circuit and Grand Circuit Banteay Samre*Location: Save on Google Maps. Phnom Kulen*Location: Save on Google Maps. Kbal SpeanLocation: Save on Google Maps. Rulous group* — Bakong Temple, Preah Ko & Lolei Temple.Location: Along the way to Tonle Sap. Save on Google Maps. Phnom KromLocation: On a hill near Tonle Sap. Save on Google Maps. Beng Melea*Location: Save on Google Maps. Koh Ker*Location: Save on Google Maps. 6. Siem Reap Food & Cafes Siem Reap is a treasure trove for food lovers too! The restaurant scene in the city is noticeably cosmopolitan thanks to French-colonial, American and influences from its close Asian neighbors. Adding to the mix are many other cuisines brought by expats and tourists from all over the World. Malis “Malis” is the Khmer word for the jasmine flower, known in the Philippines as Sampaguita. Fish Amok set menu at Malis Restaurant, Siem Reap Takeo sausage and al fresco dining at Malis Restaurant, Siem Reap Location: Seam Reap Riverside / Pokambor Highway Mondul 1 Village. Save on Google Maps. One of my best dining experience in Siem Reap! If you’re looking forward to try local flavors, Malis is definitely a must try! This gorgeous restaurant found in the upscale riverside district serves elevated Cambodian dishes. Get a taste of the Fish Amok (the national dish), Takeo sausage and their signature Malis Mousse (jasmine flower-infused mousse). Khéma Angkor Khema (restaurant) in Siem Reap, Cambodia Khema (restaurant) in Siem Reap, Cambodia Location: Seam Reap Riverside / Achar Sva Street, Corner Street 22, Wat Bo Rd, Siem Reap. Save on Google Maps. Housed in a restored French-colonial style building, Khéma is another beautiful dining venue along Siem Reap River. This place combines an on-site café, bakery, restaurant and a World class deli. Other cafes and places to eat in Siem Reap Khema (restaurant) in Siem Reap, Cambodia Brown Coffee in Siem Reap, Cambodia Bong Thom Homestay in Siem Reap, Cambodia The Heritage Walk (mall), Siem Reap Blue Pumpkin — Recommended place to eat near Angkor Wat.Location: Near Angkor Wat west entrance. Save on Google Maps. Brown Coffee — Enjoy the coffee and beautiful interior design.Location: National Road No. 6 Ta Phul Village (In front of Wat Kesararam). Save on Google Maps. Restaurant Bang Thom — Recommended place to eat on the way to/from Banteay Srei temple.Location: Bong Thom Homestay. Found along the way to Banteay Srei. Save on Google Maps. The Heritage Walk (mall) — The only Starbucks in Siem Reap city center if you’re planning on purchasing a “Cambodia” Starbucks cup souvenir.Location: Natonal Road 6 cor Oknha Oum-Chhay St. Save on Google Maps. 7. Pub Street Pub Street nightlife, Siem Reap Alley West & Pub Street in Siem Reap, Cambodia Save on Google Maps. Enjoy the party scene along Pub Street, Siem Reap’s version of infamous Khao San Road in Thailand. If you want to take it more chill, explore Alley West and other cute lanes branching off Pub Street. These backstreets are home to quiet cafes and restaurants tucked away from the crowded watering holes. 8. Siem Reap Markets & Shopping Siem Reap Old Market Siem Reap Art Center Market Kandal Village, Siem Reap Angkor Market (supermarket), Siem Reap For cheap souvenirs, one of the best places to shop is Siem Reap’s Old Market. For more, make your way across the wooden bridge, over the river to the Siem Reap Art Center Market. On the lookout for something more upmarket? Nearby Kandal Village offers trendy designer boutiques, galleries, and quirky cafes. Angkor Market (a supermarket along Sivatha Blvd) sells Cambodian coffee beans, tea, cooking ingredients and beauty products in addition to imported selections. 9. Tonle Sap & Chong Kneas Floating Village Chong Kneas Floating Village at Tonle Sap, Siem Reap Save on Google Maps. For a change in scenery, go on a boat tour to a floating village in Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. Over 3 million people live in floating villages on the lake and stilt houses along the banks of the Tonle Sap. Visitors can get a glimpse of the villager’s unusual way of living by the water, the variety of wildlife or simply enjoy a serene sunset cruise. Places to visit in Siem Reap Siem Reap tourist spots, things to do in Siem Reap, where to go in Siem Reap & more. 1. Angkor Wat 2. Sunrise at Angkor Wat 3. Ta Prohm 4. Bayon Temple 5. Banteay Srei 6. Siem Reap Food & Cafes 7. Pub Street 8. Siem Reap Markets & Shopping 9. Tonle Sap & Chong Kneas Floating Village Note: Destinations featured above are not listed by rank. What places have you added to your bucketlist? Have you been to beautiful places in Siem Reap that should be on this list? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments! Manila-Siem Reap Flights on Cebu Pacific Air Iloilo-Manila-Siem Reap with Cebu Pacific Marcos with #CEBfliesSiemReap squad Cebu Pacific is the only airline flying direct from the Philippines to Cambodia’s #1 travel destination. The airline operates Manila-Siem Reap flights 3x weekly. Flight duration is 3 hours. Click below to check the lowest airfares Check flights to Siem Reap To get to Siem Reap, I first flew domestic from Iloilo to Manila, where I joined my #CEBfliesSiemReap travel buddies. Our group was composed of travel bloggers and influencers from the Visayas and Mindanao (Iloilo, Bacolod, Cebu, Davao and General Santos). The evening schedule of Manila-Siem Reap was quite convenient for travelers, like us, who were coming from other parts of the Philippines outside Manila. CEBMeals & Fun Cafe Cebu Pacific Fun Cafe – Ube Coconut Macaroon and Iced Milk Tea Cebu Pacific Fun Cafe – Japanese Chicken Mayo Sandwich (left). Tofu & Rice Biryani (right) If you regularly fly with Cebu Pacific, you’d be happy to know that the airline has updated its inflight meals and snack selection. I highly recommend you try the Iced Serenitea Express Milk Tea (also available hot), which paired excellently with the Ube Coconut Macaroons. I also enjoyed the Japanese Chicken Mayo Sandwich. As usual, remember to pre-book your add-ons, ahead of your flight to enjoy cheaper prices online. CEB WiFi Kit 4G/LTE Data Roaming Cebu Pacific WIFI Kit Having mobile internet access is A MUST when I travel. I was happy to have tried Cebu Pacific’s CEB WiFi Kit, a portable WIFI data roaming device that you can rent for your trip abroad. It supports over 100 countries and offers unlimited data roaming. I loved the simplicity of the CEB WiFi Kit! There’s only one button to fiddle with — the ON/OFF button. Once powered up, you can easily connect your phone (max 5 devices) and enjoy up to 4G/LTE speeds. The connection quality was largely dependent on the available mobile signal of local carrier partners. Considering the mobile data situation in Cambodia, I’d say the CEB WiFi Kit is quite reliable. Learn more. Share your travel moments instantly while enjoying your temple run! Use these hashtags #MakeFirstMomentsHappen #CEBfliesSiemReap #CEBtravels #CEBWiFiKit and tag @cebupacificair! Where to Stay in Siem Reap Crown Angkor Hotel Marcos at Crown Angkor Hotel & Spa, Siem Reap Crown Angkor Hotel & Spa, Siem Reap Ba Jiao Lou (restaurant) in Siem Reap, Cambodia Ba Jiao Lou (restaurant) in Siem Reap, Cambodia Our home for 4 nights in Cambodia! I loved that Crown Angkor Hotel was easily accessible from the airport. The drive only took around 10 minutes, which was well appreciated especially after a late evening flight arrival. The rooms were very spacious and overlooked a refreshing view of the swimming pool. There is a restaurant on-site that offers buffet breakfast as well as several restaurants nearby operated by the 5A Cambodia group. We especially loved the Chinese-style seafood at Ba Jiao Lou restaurant. Two thumbs up on the extra large prawns, crab, and fresh fish! Travel time to Pub Street in Siem Reap City Center is 17 minutes, while the drive to Angkor Park Pass ticket booth is 22 minutes. Get in touch with Crown Angkor Hotel and 5A Cambodia group: Website Email: [email protected] Phone: 063 762 111 5J Luxury Resort and Spa 5A Luxury Hotel & Spa in Siem Reap, Cambodia Scheduled to open in August 2019, 5J Luxury Resort and Spa (located near Crown Angkor Hotel) is the newest development by 5A Cambodia group of resorts and restaurants. If you’re particularly fond of staying in properties made of wood, you’re going to love this one! 5J Luxury Resort and Spa offers spacious luxury suites featuring old thick-wood, accentuated with high-quality Khmer furniture design. Click below to learn more. Visit website Where to Stay near Manila-NAIA Airport Belmont Hotel Manila Belmont Hotel in Newport City, Manila During our stopover in Manila, we stayed at Belmont Hotel, which was conveniently located in Newport City, opposite the Manila-NAIA Terminal 3. This hotel is perfect for travelers seeking extra comfort and convenience. It’s also within an easy walk to Newport Mall and Resorts World Manila. View websiteSee rates on AgodaBooking.com You can find Belmont Hotel right beside the Runway Manila entrance from where passengers can walk anytime to the airport within five minutes (via an elevated walkway). In addition, free shuttles regularly make the rounds at Newport City and to/from the airport. Savoy Hotel Manila Savoy Hotel in Newport City Manila While waiting for our flight, we had lunch at nearby Savoy Hotel Manila and had a quick tour of the rooms. This hotel is also an excellent option to consider in Newport City. Savoy Hotel features a lovely outdoor swimming pool and Instagramable colorful bed runners. View websiteSee rates on AgodaBooking.com Cebu Pacific Traveler’s Lounge at Resorts World Manila Cebu Pacific flight check-in at the Travelers Lounge in 1F Resortsworld Manila, Philippines Cebu Pacific in partnership with Resorts World Manila has opened a travelers lounge at the Newport Mall. This new facility offers flight check-in services for passengers of Cebu Pacific. It’s a great opportunity for passengers who want to avoid queueing at the airport, get their boarding passes, and enjoy the attractions at Resorts World Manila while waiting for their flight. As of the time of our visit, those with check-in bags, however, still have to proceed to the Bag Drop counters at the airport (after check-in). Nevertheless, it’s a nice option to have in addition to online check-in and the regular airport check-in counters. Sample Siem Reap Itinerary Here’s the 6-day itinerary that I followed during my most recent trip to Siem Reap. Since I was coming from Iloilo, the first and last days were mostly spent on the flight connection in Manila. The itinerary below should also be a good inspiration to Pinoy travelers coming from other cities outside Manila, like Cebu, Davao, Bacolod, General Santos or Cagayan de Oro. Day/Time Activity Day 1 Philippines to Siem Reap Iloilo to Manila flight Arrive at Manila-NAIA International Airport 07:05 PM Manila to Siem Reap flight 09:10 PM Arrive at Siem Reap International Airport. Siem Reap time is 1 hour behind PH time. Airport to hotel transfer Check-in at Crown Angkor Hotel Rest Day 2 Ancient Angkor Highlights Morning Hotel pick-up for Angkor temples tour Buy 3-day Angkor Park Pass ticket Angkor Thom south gate Bayon Temple Terrace of the Elephants & Terrace of the Leper King Visit more temples in the Little Circuit loop (optional) Lunch at Angkor Cafe by Blue Pumpkin Angkor Wat Sunset at Phnom Bakheng Rest Day 3 Angkor Grand Circuit 4:45 AM Depart hotel for Angkor Wat sunrise 5:30 AM Sunrise at Angkor Wat Ta Prohm Banteay Srei Lunch at Bong Thom Home Stay Visit more temples in the Grand Circuit loop (optional) Afternoon Free time Dinner at Malis Restaurant Indulge in a spa/massage Drinks at Pub Street Day 4 Tonle Sap & Kandal Village Morning Hotel pick-up for Tonle Sap tour Visit Tonle Sap floating village. Options include Chong Kneas, Kampong Phluk & Chong Knease Phnom Krom (optional) Rolous group temples (optional) Afternoon Transport to Siem Reap city center Enjoy the cafes and boutique shops at Kandal Village Explore the Night markets and Pub Street alleys Drinks at Pub Street Day 5 Souvenir shopping Morning Last minute shopping at the Old Market, Siem Real Art Center Market, Angkor Market (supermarket) and/or Kandall Village Lunch at Khéma Free time Back to hotel. Rest & check-out Hotel to airport transfer. 07:00 PM Arrive at Siem Reap International Airport 09:55 AM Siem Reap to Manila flight Day 6 Newport City Manila 01:55 AM Arrive in Manila Airport to Newport City transfer via free hotel shuttle or Runway Manila (walkable from T3). Check-in at Belmont Hotel or Savoy Hotel Morning Free time. Enjoy the swimming pool & poolside lounge. Hotel check-out. Leave luggage at the concierge. Explore Resorts World Manila while waiting for next flight. Drop by the Cebu Pacific Traveler’s lounge for flight check-in or check flight status. Manila to Iloilo flight This trip was made possible thanks to Cebu Pacific Air. Don’t Stop Here Click below for more travel inspiration: Siem Reap Travel Guide 9 Places To Visit in Phnom Penh 13 Places To Visit in Cambodia Share your travel goals with #detourista detouristahq Link to display lightbox Instagram post 18091117843021381 detouristahq Link to display lightbox Instagram post 17843828383576174 detouristahq Link to display lightbox Instagram post 17855988481488114 detouristahq Link to display lightbox Instagram post 18053647645178024 detouristahq Link to display lightbox Instagram post 17865212101441806 detouristahq Link to display lightbox Instagram post 17844613663550811 Follow on Instagram Pin on Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/detourista/best-of-detourista/ Don’t leave yet. There’s more! 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