Published on February 10th, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team
24 hours in Siem Reap
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Siem Reap is one of the must-stop destinations in Cambodia. Not only is the shopping great, the foot massages are amazing and the food creepily interesting. It’s also a stone’s throw from the Angkor Wat group of temples. These temples have to be seen to be believed. They’re ancient, mystifying, mystical and uh-maze-ing. Even if temples are not your thing, it’s impossible not to be in awe of this place. And if temples aren’t your thing, then why are you in Cambodia?
5am An early start is the best time to see the temples. It might be painful but sunrise at Angkor Wat is a memory that will last for ever.
7am Start exploring the complex while it’s still cool. There’s the obvious main temple but we also love the jungle covered Ta Prohm and meeting the nuns at the Bayon temple.
10am Get some snacks from the local women selling them throughout the temples.
11am Back in the big smoke, it’s time to indulge after your serious bout of temple hopping. We recommend eating bacon. It’s probably the best you’ll ever have.
2pm Still feeling tired after all that cultural stuff? Time for a pedicure with feet nibbling fish.
4pm The shopping is great in Siem Reap. Stock up on souvenirs and cheap clothes. Be sure to haggle, but remember to be fair.
5.30pm Head out of town again to Pre Rup temple. Climb up the pyramid’s sides to take in a peaceful sunset over rice paddies.
8pm While away the night on Bar Street. Yes, it has bars.