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How many days is best to visit Angkor Temples of Cambodia?

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1. Posted by Martin K (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Hi guys,

This is my first time visiting the southeast Asia and now I'm currently in Vietnam. I'm heading to Cambodia next week and for sure I want to admire the Angkor Temples. I was planning to book a tour to Angkor when I arrive in the hotel in siem Reap. I thought that I would spend a full day to explore that amazing historical part of Cambodia. But I recently read that one day in Angkor might not be enough and they have more options to visit. I would like to ask what will be the best length of time to spend in Angkor Temples? In this article I read seems like 2 or 3 days will be better than 1 day: -snip- Can anyone give me your idea? I don't mind expand a few days or rearrange my schedule to enjoy what worth the visit.

Thanks so much guys!
Cheers,
Martin.

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

2. Posted by Andyf (Moderator 837 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I had 5 days in Siem Reap with the idea to spend 3 days doing the temples, and a couple of other day activities. In the end I was bored. A day was enough for me to see Angkor Wat, and the other temples were not so interesting to me.

But I guess the pace of travel is a very personal thing, and it also depends how much of this type of thing you've seen before.

I found Siem Reap a bit hassley and scammy. We encountered every variation of people trying to milk you for a few more dollars - children trying to loudly embarrass you into paying twice, trying to charge you a camera fee in a public place, etc. This bombardment made it a worse experience than say Sri Lanka where visiting the temples and sights was a delight.

In a day you can see Angkor Wat with no problems, so no NEED to rearrange your schedule. But if you want to linger and explore the outlying sites, yes you could fill a few days.

3. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 744 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

It's possible to buy your one-day ticket at around 4pm the day before and then use it that evening and then also use it the whole of the next day. Perfect for sunsets over the complex.

In addition to Angkor Wat itself, I found Bayon (all the faces) and Ta Prohm (trees growing out of the temple walls - made famous in Tomb Raider) fascinating too. As Andyf says above, it's a personal thing!

4. Posted by king_golo (Full Member 50 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I would say that 3 days is a minimum. There are two "tours" you can do at Angkor: The Grand Tour and The Small Tour (or something along these lines). They cover different sorts of temples, and as temples are the reason to go to Angkor you don't want to miss them. So do both of the tours and use the extra day either for a trip to further away temples - some are as far away as 50km from the main sites. Or visit some temples again at your own pace, e.g. by bicycle. We took a tuk-tuk with a driver for two days and cycled on our last day. On my first visit I spent one day for the temples further away.

5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1852 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I think 3 days is okay. But no less than 2! When I went up I used a ferry boat from Phnom Penh to get there. I did the temples like everyone else. I like walking and filled in the gaps with lots of walking.

Have fun.

6. Posted by Andrew Mack (Budding Member 15 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

It rather depends on your interest in historical sites / temples.
If it's your 'thing' then 5 days aren't enough, but if you're not really interested in them then 1 day is more than enough. Personally I'd go for the 3 day pass...

7. Posted by wizzmor1977 (Respected Member 314 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Siem Reap was my last Port of call after 9 months travelling around China and SEA, i found 1 day got me to see what i wanted to, 2 would have been ok but 3 too much.

As other have allured to, its a purely personal opinion.

However i think we all agree, Ankor Wat is certainly unmissable regardless of the amount of time you spend there.

8. Posted by balhannahrise (Respected Member 49 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I had 3 days exploring the temples and that was enough for me to see heaps. Actually, the last day was only a half day, as tramping around up steep steps in temperatures above 40° left me exhausted on the 3rd day.

9. Posted by dinhoecotour (Budding Member 18 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

At least 3 nights in Siem Reap is the best (Angkor Wat and Tonle Sap lake). HCMC bus/ flight to Cambodia (Phnom Penh or Siem Reap) OR HCMC-Mekong Delta (Chau Doc) ferry boat to Phnom Penh. DinHo

10. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1841 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I have seen many temples around the world and found Angkor Wat no big deal.

I went around the main site and the small nearby sites in one day and saw probably everything. No reason to go back again.