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Cambodia Itinerary: How To Spend 1 Week In Cambodia

Cambodia Itinerary

Cambodia is home to some of the most interesting and stunning temples in South East Asia, a history that will break your heart, and people you won’t forget.

We were lucky enough to spend 3 weeks in Cambodia, intentionally going slow so we could fit some work in too. But often, you might only have a week or two to explore a new country, so we’ve put together the Cambodia Itinerary we would do if we had 1 week in Cambodia.

1 Week Cambodia Itinerary

Siem Reap (4-5 Days)

Siem Reap is the dusty town that serves as a gateway to what everybody has come here to see… Angkor Archaeological Park. With so many temples of such a grand nature, you could spend 1 – 3 days just exploring these. But don’t forget Siem Reap, although you may not need more than a day or two here, there is plenty to discover, from the old market to temples of a different kind, to street food and tuk tuk’s.

Day 1

Old Market Siem Reap

As you have only just arrived, and depending on what time, use this day to check into your hotel, plan your next couple of days and explore Siem Reap.

Things to do:

  • Explore Siem Reap on foot
  • Visit the Old Market (Psar Chas) at Night and get a taste of some Cambodian street food and finish with dessert.

Day 2

Banteay Srei

Start exploring the amazing Angkor Archaeological Park. You will want to start early and perhaps go further afield. Explore part of the Grand circuit tour and Banteay Srei.

Things to do:

  • Explore Angkor Archaeological Park (Part of the Grand Circuit tour and Banteay Srei)

Day 3

Inside Old Market Siem Reap

After a big day exploring the temples, take today off to relax. This way you’ll probably appreciate them more. Take a look at the Old Market early morning, followed with breakfast at Sister Srey. Explore the different temples in town, like Wat Damnak, Wat Bo and Wat Prom Rath.

Wat Bo

Things to do:

  • Old Market
  • Breakfast at Sister Srey
  • Explore the different temples in town (Wat Damnak, Wat Bo and Wat Prom Rath).

Day 4

Angkor Wat Sunrise Reflection

A very early start to see Angkor Wat sunrise. Angkor Wat sunrise is beautiful… and overflowing with people. Aim to get there by 5 or 5.15 if you want to be front row for a great photo. Afterwards you can spend hours exploring Angkor Wat and other temples in the small circuit tour. Finish off your time in Siem Reap with dinner at Cuisine Wat Damnak.

Things to do:

  • Angkor Wat Sunrise and explore the small circuit tour of Angkor Archaeological Park
  • Dinner at Cuisine Wat Damnak

Day 5

A fair amount of today will be taken in travelling to Phnom Penh (6hrs if you take the bus). We got on the bus around 8 am so we could arrive in Phnom Penh during daylight, check-in and still have an evening in Phnom Penh.

Read More: 

Where To Stay In Siem Reap Cambodia: Our Siem Reap Accommodation Guide

Angkor Wat & Surrounding Temples: Must See Temples and Itineraries

Where To Eat In Siem Reap Cambodia: Street Food, Cafes, Restaurants & Desserts

Phnom Penh (2-3 Days)

Phnom Penh is a bustling city that at first feels a bit rustic, but thanks to the large expat population you will definitely find plenty of options here. The main sights could be done in a couple of days, but if you want to stay a couple of days more you might get a more local feel. I must admit, the first few days in Phnom Penh I wasn’t sure what I thought of it. But after spending two weeks there I can say Phnom Penh is definitely a place that reveals itself over time.

Day 5

Arrive in Phnom Penh late afternoon, check-in and head out for dinner.

Bassac Lane

Things to do:

  • Malis for dinner
  • Bassac Lane for a drink

Day 6

A day to see the sights, but first breakfast. Near your first stop is a great family run ‘pork rice’ business. Have a pork rice and coffee to start the day.

Pork Rice

Nearby is the Tuol Sleng museum, followed by the Killing Fields. Although it will be a sad start to your day, you will definitely have a deeper understanding of Cambodia and it’s people afterwards. Have a look at the Russian Market and have a late lunch nearby at Sesame Noodle Bar (the sesame house noodle is delicious). Later in the evening head to the Night Markets to sit on a mat and have a light dinner (the Samosa and coconut ice cream were our favourites). The night markets didn’t really stand out in terms of shopping, but we loved the mat area with the food.

Things to do:

  • Enjoy breakfast the local way – pork rice (Bai Sach Chrouk). You can find it near the corner of street 320 and street 143.
  • Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
  • The Killing Fields
  • Russian Market
  • Lunch at Sesame Noodle Bar
  • Night Markets for a light dinner

Phnom Penh Night Market

Day 7

Your last day in Phnom Penh, depending what time you fly out, you could visit Wat Phnom and the Royal Palace. We had a great lunch nearby at Backyard Cafe, and then finish your day with a sunset over the river at the FCC club or opt for a view from above at Eclipse Sky Bar.

Phnom Penh Skyline

Things to do:

  • Visit the Royal Palace and Wat Phnom
  • Lunch at Backyard Cafe
  • Watch sunset over the river at the FCC club, or opt for a view from above at Eclipse Sky Bar

Read More:

Where To Stay In Phnom Penh Cambodia: Our Phnom Penh Accommodation Guide

Where To Eat In Phnom Penh Cambodia

Have More Time?

If you have more time, there are lots of other amazing places to visit in Cambodia, such as the islands, Sihanoukville, and Kampot to name a few.

Planning your Cambodia Itinerary? Let us know if you have any questions in the comments below…

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