12 Best Day Trips From Siem Reap, Cambodia - Updated 2024

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There is more to do in the charming town of Siem Reap than visiting the ruins of the famous temples at Angkor Wat. The city has also created a niche for itself as the unofficial tourist capital of the country. It boasts innumerable man-made and natural tourist attractions such as beautiful temples, unique museums, huge lakes, cultural theme parks, majestic mountains, and well-maintained colonial buildings. If you’re on the hunt for the best places to stay, you can surely find one that suits your style. From quaint homestays to boutique hotels, Siem Reap will spoil you with plenty of options. But let’s be real, you won’t be staying much indoors as you’ll want to explore the city. However, there are many exciting day trips that you can embark upon from Siem Reap. For maximum fun with your dear ones, check out these best day trips from Siem Reap, Cambodia.

1. Phnom Kulen (from USD 99.0)

This full-day tour includes a visit to the holy peak of Phnom Kulen or “Kulen Mountain.” It also entails exploring the lush natural landscapes in the vicinity of Phnom Kulen National Park. Your trip will start from the city of Siem Reap. Then, you will get to see a reclining Buddha statue, which dates all the way back to the 16th century, on the mountaintop. Outdoorsy tourists will instantly fall in love with the hiking trail to Kulen Waterfall. The package is inclusive of pickup from hotels and round-trip transport.

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Underwater carvings at Phnom Kulen  Phnom Kulen  Phnom Kulen

While at Kulen Mountain, adventurers such as myself can witness the breathtaking scenery of the majestic Poeng Ta Khu Cliff and take amazing pictures and videos. This is the perfect spot to observe the nearby mountains and feel at one with nature. Phnom Kulen is also famous for the water fall and the underwater carvings of a reclining Vishnu and 1000 Shiva Lingas.

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Full-Day Phnom Kulen National Park Tour from Siem Reap

Duration: 8 hours

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2. Battambang (from USD 145.0)

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You cannot afford to miss this wonderful full-day tour from Siam Reap to Battambang province. The package includes exploring the fabulous French Colonial architecture of Battambang. There will be other highlights including a visit to peaceful temples, a chance to travel on a bamboo train through Cambodia’s rice paddies, and a trip to pretty villages such as Wat Kor and Odam Bang.

Additionally, you will explore the hidden limestone caves of the city where the remains of the terrible Khmer Rouge rests. When you get famished after a busy day, it is time to enjoy a delicious South-East Asian lunch to titillate your taste buds.

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Battambang Private Full-Day Tour from Siem Reap

Duration: 12.0 hour

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3. Kompong Khleang Floating Village (from USD 99.0)

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This full-day guided tour will take you to a remote fishing village called Kompong Khleang. However, your morning drive will first bring you to the beautiful Tonle Sap Lake. Then, you will be then taken to Kleng River in a private river craft. Your guide can speak English and will meet you at the hotel in Siem Reap. Then, you will go to the unique floating school of the village. Enjoy complimentary lunch and drinks at one of the local restaurants. Have a relaxing time while appreciating the tranquil natural environment. You will be dropped off at your hotel in Siem Reap after the tour ends.

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Kompong Khleang Floating Village: Full-Day from Siem Reap

Duration: 6.5 hour

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4. Angkor Wat (from USD 18.0)

Any travel itinerary in Cambodia wouldn’t be complete without having Angkor Wat on the list. And for a hassle-free experience, you can opt to join this tour package. As it is a small group tour, you will enjoy a personalized experience. It will be a divine adventure as you stand inside the iconic Angkor Wat Temple. Appreciate the architectural brilliance of Bayon Temple and explore a jungle temple called Ta Prohm.

An expert guide will accompany the group to make the trip even more enjoyable. The tour also includes pickup and drop-off at your hotel.

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Siem Reap

The beautiful temples in Angkor Complex Click pictures with your loved one with the iconic temple in Make unforgettable memories

If you wish to avoid the tourist crowds while visiting Siem Reap, June - July is the ideal time to be here. For added convenience, you can book my tours to thoroughly explore the history of the region's temples as well as Khmer. My English-speaking and photography skills will make your time here smoother and more memorable.

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Full-day Small-Group Angkor Wat Tour from Siem Reap

Duration: 6 to 7 hours

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Vichhay Chhom

Vichhay Chhom

I am Vichhay, was originally born in Siem Reap, Cambodia, the city of Angkor with a bachelor degree of English Literature from CUS University in Cambodia plus over 7 years working as an English Teacher and I have taken a new opportunity for an offically licensed Tour Guide for Angkor Region. I can speak three languages; Khmer (native language), English, and a bit German. As a native of Siem R... Read more

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5. Tonlé Sap Biosphere Reserve (Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary) (from USD 206.0)

Do not miss this golden opportunity of getting close to Cambodia’s fabulous wildlife. This full-day cruise will start from Siem Reap, and you will be sailing around the lovely Tonle Sap Lake. As the cruise continues, you will be crossing quaint stilted houses, markets, and villages. You will soon make an entry into the protected Toal Bird Sanctuary which is a haven for bird-watching. More than 150 bird species have made this sanctuary their home. The tour will also include a lunch and pickup from your hotels.

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Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary Day Trip from Siem Reap

Duration: 9 hours

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6. Banteay Srei (from USD 17.0)

Some ancient temples are often ignored while planning a travel itinerary in Siem Reap. This one-day tour will make sure that you explore them in the company of a local expert guide. The guide will also accompany you while you are picked up and dropped off at your respective hotels. You will be taken to Banteay Srei Temple, which when translated signifies “The Citadel of Women”.

Additionally, you will get to explore other unique temples such as Preah Khan, Ta Som, and East Mebon. Don’t forget to admire the intricate carvings of these fantastic buildings during your visit.

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After being mesmerized by the ancient and beautiful Banteay Srei, visit another temple nearby, Preah Khan. The latter boasts a two-storeyed building.
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Banteay Srei Backcountry Tour in Siem Reap Philippines

Duration: 9hrsDuration

7. Beng Mealea (from USD 32.0)

If you have not enjoyed a tuk-tuk ride before, here is a tour that will offer you this unique experience. This famous vehicle from Cambodia can accommodate up to a maximum of four people. You will travel in this iconic vehicle for around 40 km (24.9 mi) to reach Beng Mealea Temple. The temple dates back to the 12th century and is surrounded by a lush forest. Beng Mealea Temple is famous for its intriguing and charming layout and is often called the “Indiana Jones Temple.”

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Beng Mealea Private Tour by Tuk-Tuk in Siem Reap, Cambodia Philippines

Duration: 8hrsDuration

8. NhumBai (from USD 39.0)

Welcome to this offbeat day tour where you can get close to the rich culture of Cambodia. Get introduced to the rural lifestyle during this trip, which also comprises three meals. You will also get a chance to spend some time with a few local families so that you are aware of how they live in this rural village. An expert guide will accompany you throughout the tour and explain the local customs in detail. The tour also comprises pickup and drop-off to ensure a hassle-free trip.

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NhumBai, The Village Experience

Duration: 1 day

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9. West Baray

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Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user DARIO SEVERI used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Built during the Khmer rule, this huge, man-made reservoir is a must-visit when you are in the city of Siem Reap. It spans across 8 km (5 mi) and has an island in the center with a temple called West Mebon. The reservoir is an excellent spot to enjoy a boat ride or go for long walks. You may also rent a hammock and have a great picnic on the island as fresh and delicious food items are sold in multiple stalls. Alternatively, you may try swimming here. Some historians opine that it could have been a mooring site for the barges belonging to the rulers in the past.

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10. Koh Ker

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Koh Ker is an ancient capital of Cambodia and sits in the village of Srayong Cheung. King Jayavarman IV constructed the Koh Ker complex in the 10th century. The design of Koh Ker Temple is similar to a seven-stepped stupa. It is interesting to note that the ancient temple faces Angkor city. There are 96 temples, which have been discovered in Koh Ker, to date. However, all these temples were not in proximity to each other. Also, several of them are not standing any longer. Visit the site to get immersed in the ancient history of this beautiful country. You can arrange a private cab to reach Koh Ker. The drive from Siem Rep is pleasant and is around two and a half hours. You will ride across nice roads and can enjoy views of banana and cashew plantations along the way.

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The ancient temple surrounded by greenery Temple sculptures Temple of Koh Ker

This lovely temple is nestled in the historic city of Lingam or Lingapura, also known as Chok Gargyar, and offers a fascinating glimpse into the Khmer Empire's rich past. I was mesmerized by the gorgeous stone structures and the wall carvings, all of which are dedicated to the Hindu deity, Shiva. The temple dates back to the 10th century CE and was constructed by King Jayavaraman IV of the Khmer Empire.

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11. Phnom Bok (from USD 68.0)

Phnom Bok is a hidden gem that will surely elevate your vacation in Siem Reap, Cambodia. This ancient temple mountain invites you to step back in time and explore its rich history and spiritual significance.

Embark on a moderate hike to reach the summit, where you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Marvel at the intricate carvings and architectural details that adorn the temple, reflecting the mastery of Khmer craftsmanship. Feel a sense of tranquility as you wander through the temple complex, admiring the well-preserved ruins and soaking in the serene atmosphere. Take a moment to reflect and appreciate the spiritual significance of this sacred site.

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Phnom Bok Mountain Temple Tour from Siem Reap

Duration: 6 hours

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12. Angkor Thom (from USD 33.0)

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Angkor Thom is a mesmerizing and monumental site that captivates visitors in Siem Reap, Cambodia. This ancient city, once the capital of the Khmer Empire, is steeped in rich history and adorned with remarkable temples and structures.

Step through the grand South Gate and be greeted by the iconic faces of Bayon Temple, a masterpiece of Khmer architecture. Wander through the sprawling complex and discover intricate bas-reliefs depicting ancient myths and daily life. Marvel at the grandeur of Baphuon Temple, explore the Terrace of the Elephants with its impressive carvings, and stroll along the Terrace of the Leper King. The stunning central Prasat Suor Prat towers, lined with evenly spaced spires, are a sight to behold.

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The Victory Gate

While visiting this attraction, make sure to check out the majestic and ancient Victory Gate. The tall brick structure with a backdrop of a beautiful blue sky and the moss-covered entrance add to the charm of this place.

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Angkor Thom Afternoon Tour by Tuk Tuk

Duration: 4.0 hour

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Enjoy day trips from Siem Reap

The best thing to do in Siem Reap after visiting major temples, exploring the town, and having fun on Pub Street is to explore the surrounding region. There are still many attractions and activities in this charming region as there are lots of interesting places in proximity to Siem Reap. Just take your pick from these best day trips and enjoy a memorable getaway with your dear ones in Cambodia.

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