Worth getting out of bed for
Temple hopping should be at the top of your list of things to do in Siem Reap. Avoid rush-hour at Angkor Wat by skipping the sunrise session and swinging by at midday – if you can stand the heat, you'll find a it's less crowded then. Other snap-worthy sites include the ageless faces of nearby Bayon, crumbling, vine-shrouded Ta Prohm, and the expansive terrace- and tower-dotted grounds of Angkor Thom. Tuk tuks, taxis and motorbikes are all on hand to ferry you around.
Once you tire of ancient sites, shop for silk scarves, T-shirts and trinkets at dawn-till-dusk Psar Chas (the Old Market) or the Angkor Night Market (Khum Svay Dangkum, Siem Reap; +855 92 654 315).
Sharing the same shophouse, Aha (The Alley, Siem Reap; +855 (0)63 965 501) is a sleek, Scandinavian-style dining room with a transparent kitchen at its heart, producing creative Euro-Khmer tasting plates, such as grilled beef with green papaya pickle.
At nearby Smith stay Viroth's Hotel (658 Wat Bo Village, Street 23, Siem Reap; +855 (0)63 761 720), dine on authentic Khmer dishes in the romantic rooftop restaurant.
Sample fish amok (a light, turmeric-laced curry served in a banana leaf), stir-fried beef and basil or fresh spring rolls at Khmer Kitchen Restaurant (Mondul I, Sangkat Svay Dangkum, Siem Reap; +855 (0)63 964 154).
Set in a traditional Cambodian house, Cuisine Wat Damnak (Wat Damnak Village, Sala Kamrek Commune, Siem Reap; +855 (0)63 965 491) delivers affordable tasting menus of Khmer classics.
Sister bar to the rooftop Nest in Bangkok, Nest (Sivutha Street; +855 (0)63 966 381) is Siem Reap at its most stylish. Order a designer cocktail, then slip onto a sleigh bed and soak up the alfresco atmosphere.
The Blue Pumpkin (563 Mondol 1, Svay Dang Kum, Siem Reap; +855 (0)63 963 574) patisserie and gelateria features an upstairs lounge area with white day-beds, blonde-wood chairs and chilled tunes.