• Ivy

5 Days Backpacking in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Updated: Jul 18, 2020

8 Things to do in Siem Reap, Cambodia

I have spent 5 days in Siem Reap - Cambodia and which I had called home. You have plenty to do in Siem Reap;

  • Except visiting massive temples, pub street,

  • Checking out the beach (1-hour motorbike ride from Siem Reap),

  • Hiking (1 hr motorbike ride from Siem Reap as well),

  • Eating HAPPY pizza where you see them anywhere (this pizza has a weed on it.)

  • Roaming around Angkor Wat by motorbike, pretty much you can roam around using scooter/motorbike as its not walkable,

  • You can rent a motorbike for 20 USD per day, just a bit expensive but it's for a day and you can go anywhere you like. Since I can't drive motorbikes, I joined with my fellow backpackers who can drive for me I just shared the cost of the rent, at least you can save up.

  • If you're backpacking, you tend to meet friends all over the world, especially if you stay in a hostel, meeting fellow backpackers along the way and talking about their travels is the best feeling ever as you tend to be more motivated as you listen to their stories and itineraries you got inspired that you wanted to travel more and more. 

These are the 8 REASONS Why I love Siem Reap

1. Massive Temples

For Angkor wat, a 1-day pass cost you 20 USD plus 20 USD for scooter rent for 1 day to.

2. Cheap Hostels

I stayed in an 8-BR mixed dorm hostel(which means its a combination of men and women in a room) which was 8 USD per night, in Cambodia their currency is Cambodian riel however you can pay USD and they can change you back with Cambodian riel. 

3. Coolest PUB STREET

The coolest part, you can have street massage everywhere in Pub street at night and guess what its 1 USD for 30min to 1 hr foot and body massage. Seriously sick and dope! Who doesn't love cheap but worthy massage.

4. Stunning SUNSET VIEW

We checked out this mountain (can't remember whats its called.) Had Scooter with friends as it was cemented so we can took the bike up to the mountain and watched the best sunset ever in my life. We even spotted a few monks up there very cool. My new-found friends are extremely the coolest and I won't be able to experience it If not them.

5. West Baray Lake in Angkor

Friends and I visited this lake we sported randomly just to chill,  it was 1 hr motorbike ride from Siem Reap. I was with very very adventurous friends so we tried to find spots that are not very touristy. And by just riding, I would really fell the sweaty feeling like its really hot too but was all worth it, if you're too adventurous too and you don't mind getting tan or sweaty then you can try this.

6. Friendly Locals

Friends and I roamed around Angkor Wat to check what else to see, anywhere in Angkor wat is amazing, talking to the local people is something you have to do because kids who sell over there can speak English, maybe even more fluent than you. LOL. And not only that, they can speak different kinds of language, thats only in Siem Reap. I can't wait to go back.

7. Happy PIZZA

We tried the HAPPY pizza too, which everyone knows its people choice if you're aiming to get HIGH in Siem Reap in an instant, you should try this once in your lifetime. I've had my first happy pizza and I only had 2 slices and was completely stoned. Friends were laughing as I described my feeling.

8. Cheap FOOD

You can have 1 USD for A Meal how cool is that?


Roundtrip ticket via AIRASIA

  • 120 RM = 30 USD


31 RM /8 USD per night = 40 USD for 5 days (156 RM)

Angkor watt 

1 DAY pass = 20 USD = 77 RM

Tuktuk going to the airport

10 USD = 40 RM (back and forth)

Pocket Money

600 RM(which includes everything except the airfare)

Total Expense : 720 RM = 184USD

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A Filipina, working in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia; who works in a 9 hr corporate IT job. So, I don't travel for work. I can only travel when I have available holidays. I am a single mom, I have a wonderful son who doesn't live with me but with my mom in the Philippines.

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