Four days re-discovering the ancient city of Angkor in Siem Reap, Cambodia. I visited the amazing temples of the little and big temple circuit, as well as the Roluos group of temples.

From Saigon, I traveled back to Cambodia to visit Siem Reap. If there was any place in South East Asia that I had already been to and was most excited to visit again, it was definitely Siem Reap.

I stayed in a beautiful artsy boutique hotel called The 1961 and explored a lot of temples at Angkor Wat that I was not able to explore during my first visit.

Itinerary Rundown

  • Ho CHi Minh
Day 1
  • Siem Reap
  • Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap via Phnom Penh Bus
  • Siem Reap Hotel Check-in
Day 2
  • Siem Reap
  • Angkor Little Circuit Tour by Bicycle
Day 3
  • Siem Reap
  • Angkor Big Circuit and Bantaey Srei Tour by Tuktuk
  • Siem Reap Night Market
Day 4
  • Siem Reap
  • Bangkok
  • Angkor Rolous Tour by Tuktuk
  • Siem Reap to Bangkok by Shuttle
  • Bangkok
  • Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand
  • Indochina

Route Map

Trip Date — September 2012

Itinerary Notes & Tips

Day 1

Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

  • 8:00pm – Arrival at Siem Reap
  • Ride tuktuk from bus drop off point to The 1961

Siem Reap Boutique Hotel

  • Check-in at The 1961
    • Kennedy Room

Day 2

  • Eat at The 1961
    • Scrambled eggs, tuna, rice, and coffee

Angkor Little Circuit Temples

  • Rented bike for the whole afternoon
  • Buy Angkor Archaeological Park 3-day pass – $40
  • Bike tour around the little circuit
    • Angkot Wat moat
    • Prasat Kravan
    • Late afternoon at Ta Phrom Temple
    • Sunset at Angkor Thom Southern Gate
  • Explore the Art gallery exhibits at The 1961
  • Eat at The 1961
    • Mixed red and white dragon fruit share ($1), Stir fry tofu and vegetables ($3)

Day 3

  • Eat at The 1961

Angkor Big Circuit Temples

  • Chartered a tuktuk for the whole day
  • Pre Rup
  • Banteay Srei
  • Local Sidestreet Market
  • Banteay Samre
  • Eat at “Ancient Khmer Restaurant” outside the main entrance to Banteay Samre.
    • A little pricey but the servings were large and the food was not too bad.
    • Passed by a large sidestreet hawker stall area on the way
  • Eastern Mebon (Mebon Oriental)
  • Ta Som
  • Neak Pean
  • Preah Khan
  • Bayon
  • Angkor Wat
  •  Eat at The 1961
    • Tofu Amok
  • Siem Reap Night Market
  • Eat at Mezze Bar

Day 4

  • Eat at The 1961
    • Eggs, dried fish, rice

Angkor Rolous Temples

  • Chartered a tuktuk for half a day
  • Preah Ko
  • Bakong
  • Lolei

Siem Reap to Bangkok

  • Buy Siem Reap to Bangkok shuttle van ticket
    • On the spot
  • Ride shuttle from Siem Reap to Poipet (Cambodian border)
  • Cambodia-Thailand border crossing
  • Ride shuttle from Aranyaprathet (Thai border) to Bangkok
    • Drop off at Khao San Road (end of line)