1. Temple hopping around Angkor Wat
You might be surprised of how big the Angkor Archaeological Park is. It’s said to be the largest religious site on Earth. Be strategic if you plan on temple hopping only for a day. If possible get the three day temple pass which cost around $62. The temple sites opens as early as 5am and closes latest at 6pm, some even closes at 3pm.
2. Watch the sunrise
Be sure to get up early, you are not the only one with the same idea.
3. Watch the sunset
Prepare to get your breath taken away by mother nature. This is something you never ever should miss when in Siem Reap. I can’t describe how beautiful it was to sit there staring at the sun drop in front of my eyes. It was so surreal! Best and most popular spot? Phnom Bakheng.
4. Visit the Tomb Raider Temple
Feeling adventurous? Find your way to Ta Prohm in the afternoon and feel like Angelina Jolie for a day. Best time to explore the famous site is in the afternoon when it’s “shaded”.
5. Strike a pose in front of a temple.
Perfect for a postcard or a photograph hanging on the wall. Trust me, you will thank me for this later.
6. Shop at the Night Market
The night time action might happen at the bars at Pub Street, so if you’re not a party person and prefer treasure hunting instead, the Night Markets is the right place to be. Local handicrafts, paintings and even street food can be found there – but beware dear arachnophobics, they have vendors lined up with fried and grilled spiders, crickets and scorpions.
7. Buy a painting
If you are looking for a unique piece of painting to hang on your living room wall this is heaven on earth for interior lovers, especially for those with the colonial taste.
8. Did I say Colonial?
Okay, so I got a little obsessed with the colonial style while I was in Siem Reap. If you are looking for a perfect retreat with that feeling of traveling back in time, then stay at Victoria Angkor. You can read my hotel review here.
9. Eat snails or frog legs
If you plan on staying at Victoria Angkor, you’ve got to try some snails or frog legs. I was quite sceptic of the idea of eating this French delicacy in the beginning, but I’m glad I did! It tasted good. Like chicken.. but then again, everything tastes like chicken, doesn’t it?
10. Take a dip in the pool.
Most of the year Cambodia is hot, dry and dusty. Spending half a day in the heat will make you want to cool down.