What is the best way to see Siem Reap in one day?

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Natalie Bailey

One day in Siem Reap will be a jam-packed, awe-inspiring experience in which you’ll want to make the most of the morning and evening hours and sit some of the scorching mid-afternoon hours out, sipping on a Coke or cold beer in the shade. There are a few ways to see the temples — either by bike or by tuk tuk, never by foot as they are way too spread out. Because you only have a day, opt for a car or tuk tuk and a driver who knows enough about the temples to impart wisdom and context to you. Wake up early and get to Angkor Wat by sunrise. Spend the day exploring the ancient ruins by hopping off your tuk tuk, wandering and climbing by foot and then hopping back in the tuk tuk for a ride to the next impressive ruin. Bring plenty of water and snacks and be sure to see Bayon temple, the one with 216 faces and Ta Prhom, which is a fascinating sight overrun by trees. End your day at Phnom Bakheng, watching the sunset over Cambodia. If you’re in need of a break, the atmosphere and air conditioning is a dream come true at Chez Sophea across from Angkor Wat. Go back to your hotel for a relaxation session, then go casual and eat at one of the many delectable restaurants on Pub Street (we like the Vietnamese and open-air veranda at Soup Dragon), or try the Khmer menu at Viroth’s Restaurant. Finally, walk off your dinner while shopping at Angkor Night Market.

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