Angkor Wat Itinerary

19. November 2017

Angkor Wat and Siem Reap are great to visit for a weekend trip. However, due to the vast size of the temple sites, I advise you to plan ahead wisely. Therefore, I have put together this weekend itinerary for you to make the most of your weekend in Cambodia.

Friday Evening

Arrival in Siem Reap in the evening. We arrived really late. Hence, we went straight to bed. If you arrive earlier, have dinner at Miss Wong. (The Lane)

Angkor Wat View East Sunrise

This is what will be waiting for you if you make it out of bed before sunrise.


4.30 am

Leave the hotel towards Angkor Wat. You will arrive there at shortly after 5 am. (You will need to buy tickets before you enter the temples.)

Angkor Wat Broken Tower Sunrise

One of my favourite pictures: one of the towers we spotted while waiting to go up to the courtyard of Angkor Wat.

Explore the East side of Angkor Wat. If you really want to see the sun rising over Angkor Wat, you can sit at the lakes right after entering through the West gate. However, it will be very crowded. I suggest exploring the East side and then walk over to the main entrance before the open at 6.30 am.

Angkor Wat Panorama

The West gate of Angkor Wat.

Around 6.15 am

Move toward the main entrance (after the bridge between the two lakes) and start queuing up. When it opens, go directly inside and queue for the tower.

7.15 am

Leave Angkor Wat via the main entrance (West Gate) and head to Bayon Temple.

7.45 am
Angkor Wat Bayon Multiple Faces

The many faces of Bayon Temple.

Arrival at Bayon Temple (or at the gate of Angkor Thom).

8.30 am

Head to Tasom Temple.

9.30 am

End of the temple tour. Usually, the heat is bearable until 10 – 10.30 am.

Angkor Wat Bayon Front

Entrance of Bayon Temple.


Lunch at the hotel and massage.


Head to Phnom Kulen National Park.

Siem Reap Phnom Kulen Hindu River Carvings

In 800 AD, the river was re-routed to enable the Hindu sandstone carvings that you can still see today.

This park is about 50 km North-East of Siem Reap. It is quite far – it takes about 1.5 hours to go there. The ticket is USD 20 and if you hired a driver and guide, you will have to pay additional fees. The waterfall at Phnom Kulen is not worth the 1.5 hour drive. However, the mountain is considered a sacred site and the river with Hindu limestone carvings from 800 AD totally is.

Siem Reap Phnom Kulen Waterfall Crowd

The Phnom Kulen waterfall is a popular outing place for locals at weekends.

Furthermore, you will get an insight into local daily life, as the area is popular for picnics and outings.


I really liked the vibe of Nest restaurant in the centre of Siem Reap.

Head into the city for dinner and drinks at Nest. I can highly recommend the vegetable green curry and the “Do It Your Way” stir fries. The chocolate mousse was delicious as well.

After Dinner

Browse for small souvenirs at the small shops in the area around Nest or at the night market. You can try to negotiate, in most of the shops it is OK.


If you are still in exploring mood, I would get up early again (at around 6 am) and explore more temples. I would suggest exploring until 10 am and then head for breakfast.


Have brunch at the Park Hyatt.

I think it is no surprise that I chose the cheeeeeeese board! 🙂

We had desserts afterwards at The Glasshouse (also located at the hotel). The chocolate fudge brownie and the éclair are to die for!

You had me at “chocolate fudge cake”

Check out my Ultimate Guide for more information on Siem Reap and Angkor Wat.

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  • Reply Jac 17. February 2018 at 4:38

    Ang kor wat is one of those amazing sights I have yet to see, so great to have this to help me plan and hopefully maximise my visit 🙂

    • Reply Liz 18. February 2018 at 5:16

      It is such a great experience! I want to go back again as well. So happy I could help you plan your trip!

  • Reply Viola 17. February 2018 at 4:47

    Ahh brings back memories! Unfortunately during my trip to Angkor Way we had a cloudy day and there was no sunrise! Now you got me thinking I should go back and try again…:)

    • Reply Liz 18. February 2018 at 5:18

      I also want to go back! But I think even though you had a cloudy day it must have been a once in a lifetime experience too!

  • Reply Kirstin | the tinberry travels 17. February 2018 at 12:47

    Such an early morning but seems pretty worth it to beat the crowds and pack a lot in to the day!

    • Reply Liz 18. February 2018 at 5:18

      Yes, it was definitely worth it to get up early. I think if you don’t sacrifice a bit of your sleep, you will probably end up having a pretty bad experience with all the crowds.

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