SIEM REAP TRAVEL GUIDE (Budget + Itinerary)

SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA is timeless. What was once a sleepy backwater became a thriving tourist destination renowned around the world because of the discovery of the sprawling Angkor temples.  Indeed, tourism is the lifeblood of Siem Reap, yet despite its fame and the crowd it brings, it remains a charming town, offering a glimpse of quiet countryside living if you travel to the town’s outskirts.I initially wanted to make it as my base when I planned to do long-term backpacking around Southeast Asia back then.  It’s cheap, it’s beautiful, it has good facilities and it’s easy to get around.  But since the plan didn’t transpire because my priorities have changed, I visited here 3 times just to soak up its atmosphere.  Here’s my SIEM REAP TRAVEL GUIDE BLOG  to help you prepare for your trip.

 

SIEM REAP TRAVEL GUIDE

 

Do Philippine Passport Holders Need Visa when Entering Siem Reap (Cambodia)?

 

Since Cambodia is part of ASEAN, it’s visa-free for Philippine Passport Holders.  You shouldn’t be paying anything at the Immigration counter or borders, even if they asked you to. Insist that Philippines is part of ASEAN and there is no visa fee.

 

IMPORTANT: If you find yourself on a visa scam when crossing the border in Aranyanprathet (Thailand) to Poipet direct transfer to Siem Reap from Bangkok.  Be persistent and tell them you will process it by yourself at the border gate and there is no need for visa (no fee) since you are a Philippine Passport holder.

 

SIEM REAP MONEY EXCHANGE

 
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Siem Reap like the rest of Cambodia uses Riel. $ 1 = Riel 4,079 (PHP 50/ SGD 1). US dollars ($) is also accepted. So it’s best to bring US dollars when traveling to Cambodia. I usually exchange money at Sanry’s in Robinson’s Pioneer Mall. Always ask for receipt.

Do not bring peso as the exchange rate for peso is terrible at money changers scattered in downtown Siem Reap.  But if you badly need to exchange peso, best rate is at the bank or Western Union in Siem Reap, but it’s a long process. I tried exchanging once at Western Union, they asked for my passport and they photocopied it, let me fill out a form where I had to write down all the serial numbers for each money. You can also withdraw from ATMs in Siem Reap.

 

WHERE TO STAY IN SIEM REAP

 

When booking for a hotel in Siem Reap, I prefer staying near Pub Street and Old Market since everything that I need is here – restaurants, shopping malls and its near the river area (pleasant place for biking around).  What I like about Siem Reap – aside from its neck-swiveling temples – is the wealth of affordable accommodations here.  They’re cheap and really stylish! Here’s a list of some of the best hotels in Siem Reap. Always check the address and guest reviews when booking.

 

SIEM REAP BUDGET HOTELS

 

Home Indochine D’Angkor
agoda home 3
Street 27, Wat Bo, Siem Reap Central Area, Siem Reap, Cambodia

CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

Rose Royal Boutique Hotel
agoda royal
Bopha Leak Kloun Street, Steung Thmey Village, Siem Reap Central Area, Siem Reap, Cambodia agoda

CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

SIEM REAP MID-RANGE HOTELS

 

Ta Prohm Hotel
agoda ta phrom
Porkambor St, Old Market, Siem Reap Central Area, Siem Reap, Cambodia

CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

Hotel Somadevi Angkor Resort & Spa
agoda somadevi
Sivatha Blvd, Mondul II, Svaydangkum, Siem Reap Central Area, Siem Reap, Cambodia

CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

SIEM REAP LUXURY HOTELS

 

Golden Temple Residence
AGODA GOLDEN TEMPLE
Sok San Road, Steung Thmey, Svaydangkum,, Siem Reap Central Area, Siem Reap, Cambodia

CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

The Privilege Floor by BOREI ANGKOR
agoda privilege
National Road 6, # 0369, Banteay Chas, Slorkram, Siem Reap Central Area, Siem Reap

CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

 


HOW TO GET TO SIEM REAP (CAMBODIA) FROM MANILA (PHILIPPINES)

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BY AIR

From Manila, you can find cheap flights to Siem Reap via Cebu Pacific Airlines (direct flight) and Airasia (with lay over in Kuala Lumpur).   Travel time to Siem Reap from Manila if flight is direct is approximately 2 hours.  Expect to pay approximately PHP 3,500 (KHR 283,889/$70) to PHP 4,500 (KHR 366,286/$90) for a one way trip (regular flights).  If you want to save a few bucks, I suggest you watch out for airline seat sales.  This year, I tried mock booking during the seat sale early this year and I was able to find a PHP 4,500 (KHR 366,286/$90) seat with 15 kg checked-in luggage via Cebu Pacific.

 

HOW TO GET TO SIEM REAP AIRPORT TO SIEM REP TOWN CENTER

 

From Siem Reap Airport, you have 5 options to get to to your hotel in Siem Reap town center: taxi, tuktuk, motodop, van and car.

Taxi: KHR 40,788 (PHP 503 / SGD 14 / $ 10)

Tuktuk inside the airport:  KHR 36,709 (PHP 452/ SGD 13 / $9)

Tuktuk outside the airport: KHR 24,473 (PHP 302/ SGD 8/$6)

Motodop (motorbike) inside the airport: KHR 24,473 (PHP 452/ SGD 13 / $9)

Motodop (motorbike) outside the airport:  KHR 12,236 (PHP 151 / SGD 4/ USD 3)

Van: KHR 24,473 (PHP 451/ SGD 13 /$9)

Chartered car:  

CHECK RATES OF SIEM REAP CHARTERED CAR HERE

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HOW TO GET FROM BANGKOK TO SIEM REAP BY BUS or VAN

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There are direct buses in Bangkok (Thailand) to that will take you to and from Siem Reap (Cambodia).  Alternatively, there are direct vans to Siem Reap (Cambodia) from Bangkok.  You can book online below:

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IMPORTANT:  Only book with the following bus operators:

 

Transport Co

Terminal: Mochit (North Terminal)

Approximate Travel Time: 9 hours

ETD Bangkok (Thailand): 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM

ETA Siem Reap (Cambodia): 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM

Bus Fare: THB 870 (PHP1287/SGD36/$26)

 

Giant Ibis

Terminal: Khao San Giant Ibis

Approximate Travel Time: 8.5 hours

ETD Bangkok (Thailand): 7:45 AM

ETA Siem Reap (Cambodia): 4:15 PM

Bus Fare: THB 1091 (PHP 1,614/SGD 45/$32)

 

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Van from Bangkok to Siem Reap:

Terminal: Khao San

Approximate Travel Time: 9 hours

ETD Bangkok (Thailand): 8:00 AM

ETA Siem Reap (Cambodia): 5:00 PM

Van Fare: TBH 650 (PHP 961 / SGD 37 / $19)

 

 

IMPORTANT: If you find yourself on a visa scam when crossing the border in Aranyanprathet (Thailand) to Poipet direct transfer to Siem Reap from Bangkok.  Be persistent and tell them you will process it by yourself at the border gate and there is no need for visa (no fee) since you are a Philippine Passport holder.

Immigration Border in Poipet (Cambodia) is open from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM. But exiting in Aranyanprathet (Thailand) stops at 9:00 PM.  There is no time difference between Thailand and Cambodia.

 

BANGKOK TO SIEM REAP BY TRAIN

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Cheapest way to go to Siem Reap from Bangkok is by train.  I did this route a couple of years ago.

 

Total Fare:  TBH 468 (PHP 692 / SGD 18.45/ $15) = Train for TBH 68 (PHP 100/ SGD 2/ $3)  + Motorbike for TBH 60 (PHP 89/ SGD 2.45/ $2) + BUS for TBH 340 (PHP 503 /SGD 14/ $10)

 

In Bangkok, head to Hualamphong Station. I took a taxi from Khao San Road area to get there and it’s around   TBH 68 (PHP 100/ SGD 2/ $3).

 

There are about two trains that leave from Bangkok (Thailand) to Aranyaprathet Station (Thailand near Cambodia border) first trip is 5:55 AM and last trip is 1:05 PM.  Travel time is roughly 6 hours.  Train fare is TBH 48 (PHP 71 / SGD 2/ USD 1.41).

From the Aranyaprathet Station, you can take a tuktuk for about TBH 100 (PHP 148 / SGD 4 / $3) or motorbike for TBH 60 (PHP 89/ SGD 2.45/ $2) the friendship border (Rong Khlua Border).  Walk towards the border to clear immigration.  Do not entertain touts to avoid being scammed.

Now once you clear Immigration at Poipet (Cambodia) border.  Walk straight to the FREE shuttle bus to take you to the transport depot to Siem Reap, Cambodia.  Just board the bus, it’s free.

At the transport depot, ride the government bus for TBH 340 (PHP 503 /SGD 14/ $10) to Siem Reap (Cambodia).  You may also take a taxi to Siem Reap for about PHP 1,758 ($ 35/KHR 142,758/SGD 49) to PHP 2764 ($55/KHR 224,334 / SGD 77).

 

ALSO READ: 

BANGKOK TO SIEM REAP BY TRAIN

 

 


 

HO CHI MINH (VIETNAM) TO SIEM REAP (CAMBODIA) BY BUS

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From Ho Chi Minh / Saigon you can take a bus to Siem Reap (Cambodia).  Travel time is roughly 13 hours.  Fare is around PHP 1,500 ($30 / KHR 122,364 / SGD 42 ).  You can book online here:

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You can book through the following bus operator:

 

THE SINH TOURIST

(Direct Bus)

Terminal:  Ho Chi Minh City Sinh Tourist

Approximate Travel Time: 13 hours

ETD Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam): 7:00 AM

ETA Siem Reap (Cambodia): 8:00 PM

Bus Fare: PHP 1,500 ($30/KHR 1222,364 / SGD 42 )

 


 

GETTING AROUND IN SIEM REAP AND ANGKOR

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To get inside the temples of Angkor. You need to have the Angkor Temple Pass, you need to drop by at APSARA (Authority for the Protection and Management of Angkor and the Region of Siem Reap) office on the way to Angkor City to buy the Angkor Pass. The driver knows this and will take you there if you don’t have the Angkor Pass yet.

 

ANGKOR 1 DAY PASS – $37 (PHP 1,856/ KHR 150,916/SGD 51)

ANGKOR 3 DAY PASS – $62 (PHP 3,111/ KHR 252,886/SGD 87)

ANGKOR 7 DAY PASS – $72 (PHP 3,613/ KHR 293,673/SGD 100)

 

BY TOUR PACKAGE

 

If you want a hassle-free guided private tours, you can BOOK FOR A SIEM REAP CAMBODIA TOUR HERE for roughly PHP 1,469 (USD 29/ SGD 40) It’s a small tour group (maximum 8 persons) and is inclusive of English speaking guide, lunch, water and hotel pick up and drop off.  Angkor Pass not included yet.

 

BY TUKTUK

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For $20 (PHP 1,000 / KHR 81,586) to $25 (PHP 1,265/ KHR 101, 575/ SGD 36), you can hire a tuktuk to get around the temples, good for 4 people and that’s what a friend and I did when we returned here to attend the ASEAN blog conference. Angkor Pass not included yet.

To get around downtown Siem Reap, tuktuk will cost around USD 1 (PHP 50/KHR 4,078/SGD 1.39) if near the town center (Pub Street and Market) to USD 3 (PHP 151/ KHR 12,236 /SGD 4) if far from the town center.

 

 

BY BIKE

 
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Bikes area available for rent at some hotels and around Siem Reap town.  Bike rental is around $2 (PHP100/KHR 8,158/SGD 2.78) TO $3 (PHP151/ KHR2,236/ SGD4) per day.  I won’t recommend you use this when touring Angkor if you are pressed for time.  The road is dusty and the heat is unforgiving so bring water to hydrate, sunblock and cap.

 

I still remember during my first solo backpacking in Siem Reap in 2010,  I went biking for 3 days in a row around the sprawling Angkor City  wearing summer dress and didn’t do enough research.  It was fun but tiring and uncomfortable because the roads are too dusty. But again, I won’t recommend you do the same  (unless you are an experienced biker or you have a couple of days to spend in Siem Reap) because it will eat up your time and it’s quite dangerous at night since there are a lot of vehicles running in the dark roads.

But you can go biking around the town center if you wish to explore what the downtown has to offer.

 

BY MOTODOP (MOTORBIKE)

Renting motorbikes is prohibited for foreigners. But motodop (motorbikes) with drivers are available to take you to wherever you want to go in downtown Siem Reap for about $1 (PHP50/KHR 4,079/SGD 1.39) to $2 (PHP100/KHR 8,158/SGD 2.78) depending on the distance.

 

BY HOT AIR BALLOON

 

Exploring the temples in Angkor (Siem Reap) is possible by hot air balloon.  There are 2 options: you take the hot air balloon and fly for about 45 minutes during sunrise or sunset.  Or ride the tethered balloon (captive balloon).

 

Sunrise tour starts at around 6:10 AM to 6:40 AM

Sunset tour starts at 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM

PHP 6,272 ($125 / KHR 509,850 / SGD 174) per person for roughly 45 minute ride

Tethered Balloon (captive balloon/tied to rope)

PHP ($20 /KHR 81,576 / SGD 28) per person

 

BY HELICOPTER

A thrilling way to explore Angkor is by helicopter, the tour takes about 4 hours.  You can CHECK RATE OF HELICOPTER TOUR HERE  

 

 

SIEM REAP TOP TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

 

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Now let me remind you again that to get inside the temples of Angkor, you need to have the Angkor Temple Pass. You need to drop by at APSARA (Authority for the Protection and Management of Angkor and the Region of Siem Reap) office on the way to Angkor City to buy the Angkor Pass.  There’s a heavy fine if you get caught by the guards without a pass.

ANGKOR 1 DAY PASS – $37 (PHP 1,856/ KHR 150,916/SGD 51)

ANGKOR 3 DAY PASS – $62 (PHP 3,111/ KHR 252,886/SGD 87)

ANGKOR 7 DAY PASS – $72 (PHP 3,613/ KHR 293,673/SGD 100)

 

ANGKOR TOUR:

Angkor Wat, Phom Bakheng, Baphuon, Bayon, Elephant Terrrace, terrace of the Leper King, Phimeanakas

angkor tour

 

BIG CIRCUIT TOUR:

Neak Pean, Banteay Samre, East Mebon, Ta Som, Pre Rup, Preah Khan

big circuit

SMALL CIRCUIT TOUR:

Ta Keo, Prasat Kravan, Bantey Kdei, Srah Srang, Ta Phrom

little circuit

ROLOUS GROUP:

Bakong, Lolei, Preah Ko

 

TONLE SAP LAKE:

 Kompong Phluk Floating Village,Flooded Forest, Tonle Sap Lake

 

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Attractions in Downtown Siem Reap

 

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Apsara Dance with Dinner

 

There are a handful of restaurants in downtown Siem Reap with nightly Apsara Dance Shows that usually begins at 7:00 PM.  Price ranges from PHP 301 ($6 / KHR 24,536/ SGD 8) to PHP 2,008 ($40/ KHR 163,574 / SGD 66). There’s a free Apsara in Pub Street but the noise from the bar nearby can be annoying.

List of Restaurants in Siem Reap, Cambodia with Apsara Dance Show

 

 

PRICELOCATIONINCLUSIONSCHEDULE
FreeTemple Balcony at Pub Street (but loud noise from neighboring bar can spoil the show)

 

Show only, food not included. You need to order and pay for the food.

 

7:30 PM Daily

 

PHP 301 ($6 / KHR 24,536/ SGD 8)

 

La Noria Hotel

Note: Performance by Children from an NGO

Show only, food not included. You need to order and pay for the food.

 

7:30 PM (Wed and Sunday)
PHP 1, 255 ($25 / KHR 102,234 / SGD 35)Apsara TheaterShow + Khmer set menu7:30 PM Daily
PHP 351 ($7/KHR 28,625 / SGD 10)Alliance CafeShow OnlyShow: 8:00 PM
PHP 1,004 ($20/ KHR  81,787 / SGD 28)Alliance CafeShow + Food. Khmer set menu or ala carte.Dinner 7:00 PM / Show: 8:00 PM
PHP 2,008 ($40/ KHR 163,574 / SGD 66)Apsara TerraceShow + DinnerDinner 7:00 PM / Show 7:45 PM

 

CAMBODIA CIRCUS

BOOK CIRCUS SHOW HERE

 

Angkor Night Market

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Address: Angkor Night Market St, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia

Open Hours: 500 PM – 12:00 AM

 

Pub Street

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Address: Old Market Area, Siem Reap, Cambodia

 

Angkor National Museum

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Address: Charles De Gaulle, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia

Open Hours: 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM

 

Angkor Silk Farm

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Address: Puok, Cambodia

Open Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Entrance Fee: Free

Preah Prom Rath Pagoda

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Address: Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia

Entrance Fee: Free

 

Camboda Cooking Class

BOOK THE CAMBODIA COOKING CLASS HERE

 

WHERE TO EAT IN SIEM REAP

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Pub Street

Angkor Night Market

Lucky Shabu House at 3rd Floor Lucky Mall

 

 

SIEM REAP ITINERARY for 3 days 2 nights with EXPENSES

 
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Here’s my sample Siem Reap, Cambodia Itinerary for a 3 days/ 2 night stay.  You can use this if you only have the weekend or long weekend to tour.  You can change it depending on your schedule.  If you have 4 days to spend in Cambodia, you can add the Big Circuit Tour.  If you want to skip the Tonle Sap Tour, you can replace it with the cooking class.

 

 EXPENSESACTIVITIES
DAY 01 SIEM REAP ARRIVAL
07:35 PMETD Manila to Siem Reap.
09:30 PMPHP 452 ($9/ KHR 36,709/ SGD 13 )ETA Siem Reap (Cambodia). Tuktuk to Hotel.
10:00 PMPHP 753 ($15 / KHR 61,340 / SGD 21)Check-in at Hotel (Double Room for $30 (PHP 1,506 / KHR 122,681 / SGD 42) /2 persons = $15 per person
10:30 PM Freshen up. Sleep.
Day 02 ANGKOR TOUR + SMALL CIRCUIT TOUR
07:00 AMPHP 150 (USD 3/ KHR 12,268/ SGD 4)Breakfast
08:00 AMPHP 502 (USD 20 / KHR 40,894/ SGD 14)Start of Angkor Tuktuk Tour (Angkor Tour + Small Circuit). PHP 1,004 (USD 20 / KHR81,787 / SGD 28) / 2 persons
08:30 AMPHP 1,858 (USD 37/ KHR 151,305 / SGD 51)Drop by at APSARA. Buy the Angkor Pass for 1 day. Per person price.
09:00 AMStar of Angkor Tour (Angkor Wat, Phom Bakheng, Baphuon, Bayon, Elephant Terrrace, terrace of the Leper King, Phimeanakas)
12:00 PMPHP 201 (USD 4 / KHR 16,357 / SGD 6)Lunch
12:30 PMContinue with Tour – Small Circuit Tour  (Ta Keo, Prasat Kravan, Bantey Kdei, Srah Srang, Ta Phrom)
05:00 PMEnd of tour. Back to Hotel to Freshen up.
07:00 PMFreeWatch Apsara Dance (Show Only) at Pub Street
08:00 PMPHP 201 (USD 4 / KHR 20,446 / SGD 6)Dinner at Pub Street
09:00 PMBrowse Angkor Night Market or Shop around for souvenirs.
11:00 PMPHP 753 ($15 / KHR 61,340 / SGD 21)Back to Hotel. Sleep. (Double Room for $30 (PHP 1,506 / KHR 122,681 / SGD 42) /2 persons= $15 each)
DAY 03TONLE SAP LAKE + SIEM REAP TOWN
07:00 AMPHP 150 ($3/ KHR 12,268/ SGD 4)Breakfast.
08:00 AMPHP 1,004 ($20/ KHR  81,787 / SGD 28)ETD to Tonle Sap. Tour around Tonle Sap Lake (Kompong Phluk Floating Village, Flooded Forest ,Tonle Sap Lake)
11:30 PMPHP 201 (USD 4 / KHR 16,357 / SGD 6)Lunch
12:00 PMBack to hotel. Check-out. Leave luggage.
01:00 PMPHP 100 ($2/ KHR 8,179 / SGD 3)Rent Bike.
01:30 PMFREEDrop by at Preah Prom Rath Pagoda.

 

01:50 PMPHP 603 ($12/ KHR 49,072 / SGD 17)Visit Angkor Museum.
03:00 PMFREEVisit Silk Farm.
04:30 PMVisit Old Market and buy souvenirs.
06:00 PMDinner.
07:00 PMGet luggage at hotel.
07:00 PMPHP 301 ($6/ KHR 24,536/ SGD 8)Hire tuktuk to Siem Reap Airport.  ETD Airport.
07:30 PMChecked-in flight.
10:35 PMETD to Manila
ETA Manila
PHP  7,229 ($154/ KHR  592,858/ SGD 202)Total Expenses

 

*Flight + Philippine travel tax of PHP 1,620 (USD 32) not included.

 

SIEM REAP BUDGET (Breakdown of Expenses)

 
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How much money to bring in Siem Reap?  If you follow the Siem Reap itinerary above, you will spend more or less PHP 7,229 ($154/ KHR 592,858/ SGD 202) for a 3 days 2 nights stay, assuming you’re able to book a hotel for $30 per night and you have a travel buddy, so you can split the cost.

The meals in Siem Reap usually cost around PHP 150 ($3/ KHR 12,268/ SGD 4) to (S5/ KHR / SGD 7). If you eat at fancy restaurants, prepare around PHP ($10/ KHR 40,894- $20 per meal. Drinks usually costs about $1 – $3, depending on where you’ll buy it, usually more expensive if you buy at the temple vendors.

 

EXPENSESACTIVITIES
PHP 452 ($9/KHR 36,709/ SGD 13)Tuktuk from Airport to Hotel
PHP 301 ($6/KHR24,536/ SGD 8)Tuktuk from hotel to airport.
PHP 753 ($15 /KHR 61,340 / SGD 21) x 2 nights = PHP 1,506 (USD 30 /KHR 122,681 / SGD 42)(Double Room for $30 (PHP 1,506 / KHR 122,681 / SGD 42) /2 persons= $15 each)
$4 x 6 =  PHP 1,205 ($ 24/ KHR 98,144/SGD 33 )Meal x 6 times
PHP 1,858 (USD 37/KHR 151,305 /SGD 51)1 day Angkor Pass
PHP 502($20/KHR 40,894/ SGD 14)Angkor Tuktuk Tour (Angkor Tour + Small Circuit). PHP 1,004 (USD 20 / KHR81,787 / SGD 28) / 2 persons
PHP 603 ($12/KHR49,072/ SGD 17)Angkor Museum
PHP 1,004 ($20/ KHR 81,787 / SGD 28)Tonle Sap Lake Tour or Cambodia Cooking Class

 

If you wish to explore more temples, you can add 1 or 2 days and go for the ANGKOR 3 DAY PASS for $62 (PHP 3,111/ KHR 252,886/SGD 87) so hiring a tuktuk for whole day tour will cost roughly $20 (PHP 1,000 / KHR 81,586) to $25 (PHP 1,265/ KHR 101, 575/ SGD 36) per day, good for 4 persons.

 


 

SIEM REAP TRAVEL TIPS

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Wear comfortable shoes during the Angkor temple tour.

Keep yourself hydrated especially if you are biking.  Bring water or buy from vendors or restaurants scattered around the temple.

Wear sunblock and hat, if you can bring umbrella, much better. Wear light clothing during the tour but not to revealing.

If you find yourself on a visa scam when crossing the border in Aranyanprathet (Thailand) to Poipet direct transfer to Siem Reap from Bangkok.  Be persistent and tell them you will process it by yourself at the border gate and there is no need for visa (no fee) since you are a Philippine Passport holder.

If you book taxi or tuktuk inside the airport to downtown Siem Reap, it’s usually more expensive.  You can exit the airport, walk to the parking lot and exit and hail a tuktuk or taxi outside.  But if you are arriving in the wee hours of the morning or late at night, best to just book inside the airport for your security.

Locals inside the temple  may offer to guide you and offer to take your photos at the best spots.  They seem helpful, but I was warned they ask for expensive tip. So make sure you agree with price first, better yet just BOOK A GUIDED TOUR HERE.  An old man inside the temple actually approached me and took my photo in Ta Phrom and it was a nice, but he left when he noticed a blonde foreign tourist with her family and he assisted them instead.  So I couldn’t confirm if he was going to ask for an expensive guide fee.  But there were kids I met at Bayon temple who were begging for $1.

There’s a wealth of noodle stall around Angkor, which are a good spot for a quick bite.

Water and softdrinks are  sold everywhere around the temples by vendors and even kids lurking at the entrance or in hidden corners of the temples.

 

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Comments

  1. Hi. I am about to depart now from Cambodia. How I wish I read your very detailed and informative blog. There are better and worse experiences I had compared with yours. I booked a direct bus ticket from Bangkok to Siem Reap in Khao San Road Bangkok at a low price of 350THB. Unfortunately, when I arrived at the boarder as was coerced by the bus staff to pay them 200THB for they will process our entrance at the boarder at the same time. I was the only Filipino also in this case Asian boarded on the bus. I told them I will be the one to handle my arrival in Cambodia but they insisted. Thinking that they may left me if they already finished processing those other passenger, I said yes paying. It was okay for it was processed smoothly and I only waited in the bus until my passport was stamped. My hotel is also affordable. Also, better to use USD for majority if not all asked me to pay them in USD. I got my tuktuk at 25USD but we finished early before 1pm. That is why I decided to tour my self on my own. Just an advice booked your ticket directly on the transport company. I paid 23USD for my bus fare going to Ho Chi Minh but when I confirmed it with the transpo staff the price was only 17USD. Aside from that all is well. Thanks for the very informative blog. ☺️

    1. Thanks for sharing your experience here, Ericson. Yes, the visa scam has been going on for years. I guess they do that usually to foreigners that need to pay for the visa, just so they wouldn’t have to wait that long for everyone because the bus has to move on. I usually book buses from my hotel for convenience, they usually get a small commission.

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