Siem Reap is the most well-known town in Cambodia for its tourist attractions. People from all over the world know Siem Reap through the names Angkor Wat, Bayon, Angkor Thom or Ta Prohm (Ta Prohm once was the scene for the well-known Hollywood movie called Tomb Raider).
You will need at least 3 full days to finish all the temples in Siem Reap; however, if your time is limited to only a single day then, here are some main things to do and some main places to visit to make your day trip the most exciting and unforgettable.
Angkor Wat: You can start Angkor Wat tour very early in the morning to see the sunrise and spend about 2 hours discovering all the important walls and sculptures.
After Angkor Wat, you can have a short break at a local restaurant to have your breakfast or a cup of coffee before leaving for Bayon temple.
Bayon Temple: This temple is really attractive with sculptures of many faces. You can take some good pictures at this temple and it takes about 45 minutes or up to one hour at this attraction.
Ta Prohm Temple (Tomb Raider Temple): This temple is really impressive with big trees rooted on the bodies of the temples for hundreds of years. Most tourists never skip this temple!
You will spend the whole morning to finish the 3 main temples, and then you can have lunch at one of the local restaurants at Sras Srong. You can taste our Khmer food which is really delicious with reasonable price. After you have lunch at about 12:00 PM or 1:00 PM, you can spend the afternoon for the social tour at the countryside. This is the main part and sometimes the most exciting time for your trip as you will see what you have never seen before such as rice fields, local animals, muddy and dusty roads. You can also stop at one of their houses to meet the local people or at a school to meet local school children.
After visiting countryside for about 3 hours, you can finally visit the fish market called Psa Ler. This market is the main one in Siem Reap where local people go to buy their food, fish, meat, vegetable, clothing, household equipment and a lot more things. You can spend about one hour at this market. This is not the super market, so you might feel really different and you can see what you have never seen before.
This is all for your day trip which starts from 5:30 AM until 4:30 PM or 5:00 PM. At night, you can have great time having buffet dinner with live Apsara Dance Show and then you can go to Pub Street or night market where you can buy many different kinds of souvenirs. But do not forget to bargain them before you buy.
This short trip is all about culture, social and economics. I hope you will enjoy your trip! You can start requesting quote and customize your own tour package right now!