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How to Spend 3 Days at Angkor Wat

How to Spend 3 Days at Angkor Wat

The remains of the medieval Khmer empire cover hundreds of square miles, meaning there’s much more to the Angkor area than the Angkor Wat temple complex alone. With three days to explore Angkor, you can bag the “big three” temples, savor sunrise and sunset, hike Phnom Kulen National Park, and see less-visited Beng Mealea and Koh Ker. Here’s how.

Day 1: Jungle Waterfalls and Ruins

Spend your first day exploring Phnom Kulen National Park, a site of Buddhist pilgrimage today and a focal point for Hindu worship during the Khmer empire. Splash in a waterfall; admire Angkor-era riverbed carvings; soak up the atmosphere at 9th-century ruined temples; and, when conditions permit, visit the vast stone animals at Elephant Pond (Sra Damrei). Opt for an air-conditioned vehicle over a tuk-tuk when it comes to transport. Back in Siem Reap, soothe tired feet with a “doctor fish” pedicure, then choose between a street-food feast and one of several restaurants that help prepare young Cambodians from disadvantaged backgrounds for hospitality careers. Marum is well-regarded.

Day 2: Ancient Angkor

The Khmer empire spanned five centuries, so start the day by exploring one of its earlier—and less-visited—incarnations, still covered in jungle. Koh Ker, the 10th-century capital city, covered around 14 square miles (36 square kilometers) at its peak, so opt for both a driver and a guide. On your way back toward Siem Reap, stop at the 12th-century temple Beng Mealea. With trees, vines, and local wildlife clambering over its tumbled stones, it’s one of the Angkor area’s most atmospheric temples. Over dinner, take in a performance of delicate and timeless Apsara (nymph) dance, created for a Khmer princess in the middle of the 20th century.

Day 3: The Big Three

Spend your last day in the Angkor area soaking up the big three: Ta Prohm, Angkor Wat, and Angkor Thom. Start the day with a spectacular sunrise at the Angkor Wat temple complex, then head to Ta Prohm (the so-calledTomb Raider temple) as soon as it opens to beat the crowds. Next, explore Angkor Thom, the last great capital of the medieval Khmer kings and home to the Bayon Temple with its hundreds of serene faces. Once the crowds have thinned a little, return to Angkor Wat and learn about the religion that underpins its sacred architecture. If the sky looks promising, scale Phnom Bakheng for an epic sunset from an ancient temple. Back in Siem Reap, wrap up your stay in style with dinner at Wat Damnak, among the nation’s top fine-dining restaurants.

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Phare: The Cambodian Circus Show in Siem Reap

Phare: The Cambodian Circus Show in Siem Reap

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Be mesmerized by the captivating choreography and hypnotic color of a Phare performance in Siem Reap. Feast your senses on a spectacle that blends riveting theater with folk music and distinctly Cambodian stories. Commend the determination of the young circus artists, many of who are from challenging social and economic backgrounds, as they hypnotize the audience with their energy and emotion. Gain insight into the charity Phare Ponleu Selpak and discover the work the organization does to help vulnerable children and adults in Cambodian society.
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  • 1 hour
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Angkor Wat Park Zip Line Adventure in Siem Reap

Angkor Wat Park Zip Line Adventure in Siem Reap

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You simply can’t come to Siem Reap without a visit to the Angkor Wat Archeological Park, but the magnificent temples aren’t the only highlight. Get your adrenaline pumping on this half-day zip-line adventure and soar through the Angkor rainforest on a series of 21 thrilling zip lines, sky bridges, and abseils, enjoying spectacular views over the jungle.
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  • 5 hours
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$66.67
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Full day Angkor Sunrise Bike Tour Inclusive of Jungle Breakfast & Lunch

Full day Angkor Sunrise Bike Tour Inclusive of Jungle Breakfast & Lunch

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Get an early start to watch the morning light splash over Angkor Wat’s triple towers, a fantastic beginning to your full-day bicycling tour among the ruins of the Angkor Kingdom. Your local guide leads you through the Angkor Archaeological Park, showing you several iconic temples in the sprawling complex. Stop to stroll around different sites and examine intricate stone carvings and statues. Your small-group tour is limited to six participants, and includes a Western breakfast and Khmer lunch, and round-trip transport by minivan from Siem Reap.
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  • 10 hours
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Full Day Angkor Tour from sunrise by Tuk Tuk

Full Day Angkor Tour from sunrise by Tuk Tuk

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View the sunrise with Angkor Wat as your scenic backdrop on this full-day tour of the Angkor Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Depart in the early morning by tuk-tuk from Siem Reap and explore architectural masterpieces dating back to the 12th century. Visit the city of Angkor Thom, the Bayon, Preah Khan Temple, and Ta Prohm, as well as lesser-known temples, pavilions, courtyards and reflecting ponds in the Angkor complex.
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  • 12 hours
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Full-Day Tour: Phnom Kulen Waterfall National Park from Siem Reap

Full-Day Tour: Phnom Kulen Waterfall National Park from Siem Reap

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Visit the sacred peak of Kulen Mountain and explore the natural landscapes of the surrounding Phnom Kulen National Park on this full-day tour from Siem Reap. Take in the views from the mountaintop, admire the 16th-century reclining Buddha statue, and hike to Kulen Waterfall.
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  • 8 hours
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3 days VIP Trip at Angkor Wat With Sunrise Plus

3 days VIP Trip at Angkor Wat With Sunrise Plus

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Avoid the stress of driving a rental car around Siem Reap or sticking to a tour group’s strict deadlines with this three-day private tour around the historic ancient city of Angkor. Take your time walking around this UNESCO World Heritage-listed complex with your private guide, exploring the complex’s most famous temples and some of its hidden treasures. Beat the crowds by arriving early each day, and even enjoy stunning views of the iconic Angkor Wat at sunrise.
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  • 3 days
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$372.00
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Small Group Banteay Srei and Big Tour from Siem Reap - Full Day

Small Group Banteay Srei and Big Tour from Siem Reap - Full Day

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The world-famous Angkor Temples aren’t the only archeological wonders worth visiting in Siem Reap and this full-day tour takes in some of the region’s lesser known treasures. Marvel at the magnificent pink temple of Banteay Srei, shop for traditional handicrafts in Preah Dak Village, and explore the temples of Prasat Neak Pean, East Mebon, and Preah Khan.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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Phnom Bok Mountain Temple Tour from Siem Reap

Phnom Bok Mountain Temple Tour from Siem Reap

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There’s more to Cambodia’s ancient marvels than Angkor! Learn more about the country’s mysterious past on a thrilling day trip to the Phnom Bok Mountain Temple from Siem Reap. It’s a dizzying climb up 640 steps to the mountaintop temple, but you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views over the Kulen Mountains and the distant Angkor Wat. After exploring the dramatically situated temple complex, descend the mountain and visit nearby Banteay Samre, famous for its beautiful 9th-century Hindu temples.
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  • 6 hours
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Half-Day Preah Khan and Neak Pean Temples from Siem Reap

Half-Day Preah Khan and Neak Pean Temples from Siem Reap

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Eight centuries ago, Preah Khan was a temple built by King Jayavarman VII to honor his father. Today, it is one of the most impressive Angkor temples, full of delicate carvings, slowly being consumed by greedy tree roots. This tour takes you to Preah Khan and Neak Pean, once a major administrative hub for over a hundred thousand officials and servants.
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  • 4 hours
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$40.00
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Day Trip to Preah Vihear Temple and Koh Ker UNESCO Site from Siem Reap

Day Trip to Preah Vihear Temple and Koh Ker UNESCO Site from Siem Reap

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The mountaintop Hindu temple of Preah Vihear is a UNESCO World Heritage site and boasts a spectacular location, high in the Dângrêk Mountains. On this tour, travel from Siem Reap in the comfort of a private vehicle and explore the Angkorian-era temple on a guided tour. After lunch, visit the archaeological site of Koh Ker, once an ancient capital of the Khmer Empire.
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  • 9 to 12 hours
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Day trip to Koh Ker & Beng Mealea from Siem Reap

Day trip to Koh Ker & Beng Mealea from Siem Reap

Once you have seen the main temples of the UNESCO-listed Angkor Archaeological Park, take a private tour to visit two stunning temples located to the northeast. See the countryside of Cambodia on the drive to Koh Ker temple, which features a different style of Khmer art. After touring the temple and a picnic lunch, stop at Beng Mealea temple in the afternoon before returning to Siem Reap.
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Rolous Group and Preah Khan - Private Day Tour

Rolous Group and Preah Khan - Private Day Tour

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Visit the Rolous group of temples and Preah Khan with your own private guide on this full-day tour from Siem Reap. Your guide helps you to navigate the large sites, which are both less-visited yet fascinating parts of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Angkor Archeological Park. Return to Siem Reap between the sites, leaving you time to have lunch and freshen up before setting out again in the afternoon.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$59.90
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