7 Day Itinerary in Siem reap

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Creating a Siem Reap itinerary is easy with so many things to do in the area. Whether you're staying for a few days or a few weeks, you're sure to find fascinating things with which to fill your time. To get you started on your Siem Reap itinerary, here is a list of great ways to fill a 7 day trip to Siem Reap and its surrounding areas.

Day 1 - Angkor National Museum

Before you go wandering the famous temples of Siem Reap Province you should brush up on their history at the Angkor National Museum. The museum showcases Angkor history from pre-Angkor times up through the last Angkor kings. Visit rooms devoted to Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom or browse through the collection of traditional costumes. The room of 1,000 Buddhas is also impressive. Angkor National Museum is a great place to start any Siem Reap itinerary.

Day 2 - Angkor

Once you've got the history down, you can head out of town to explore the temples of Angkor. Start with Angkor Wat, the symbol of Cambodia, leaving early enough to catch the sunrise over the temple. You can also take the time to explore Bayon Temple and the nearby Elephant Road. It's also worth stopping to admire Ta Prohm, a ruin that is slowly merging with the surrounding jungle, creating impressive backdrops for photographs.

Day 3 - Cambodian Culture Village

This outdoor museum offers a glimpse into the lives of Cambodians both past and present. There are replicas of many of the types of houses that are popular in various areas of the country, including the floating villages. You can take a turn of the wax museum or watch a reenactment of a traditional wedding ceremony.

Day 4 - Tonle Sap

Take to the roads once more and visit Tonle Sap Lake and its floating villages. Kompong Khleang and Moat Kla are within easy distance of Siem Reap, though the latter can only be reached by water. Kompong Phluk is most impressive in the rainy season when you can explore the floating forest, though it's not accessible from February through June.

Day 5 - Sambor Prei Kuk

Head further back in time by visiting this 7th century site in nearby Kompong Thom Province. There are more than 100 ancient monuments to explore, all of which will give you a view of pre-Angkor times, often overshadowed by the later impressive structures of Angkor.

Day 6 - Apsara Dances

Another oft overlooked thing to do in Siem Reap is to attend an Apsara dance. These traditional Khmer dances can involve dramas, masked men, folk dances or even shadow puppets. You'll find performances at many of the hotels and restaurants in Siem Reap.

Day 7 - Psar Chaa

Finish your trip with a visit to Psar Chaa market to pick up the souvenirs you'll want to take home with you. While you're bargaining for great finds you can sample Cambodian foods that include pork, prahok fish paste, soups and even frogs. Just be sure you have an extra bag for the trip home!

April 07, 2010 new by tiffanymparker

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