Bayon. Housed within the huge walled city of Angkor Thom, these iconic, captivating, brooding faces attract the pesky tour groups after sunrise at Angkor Wat, so go at dawn or late afternoon when the light plays slinky shadows and the temperature is slightly more manageable.
Banteay Srey. This pretty-in-pink sandstone delight may not look like much from afar, but come closer my lovely, to find the astoundingly well-preserved and detailed bas reliefs. There’s zero shade here, so wear a fan-cooled bra, or go early or late / 30-45 mins from Siem Reap, and can be combined with Beng Mealea (see below).
Ta Prohm. Though usually a favourite, ongoing construction and crowds have made it more drab than fab. Check with your guide whether it’s uncovered and worth a visit.