» 7AM Wake up to the lush greenery of the Heritage Suites Hotel with a cup of khmer (Cambodian coffee). The robust, bitter notes are balanced by a thick layer of condensed milk for an all-in-one caffeine and energy hit. Heritage road, Wat Polanka - Phum Slok Kram, Krong Siem Reap 93101, Cambodia. Tel: +855 11 969 100
» 10AM Enjoy an one-hour scenic ride up to Beng Mealea (meaning lotus pond), one of the Khmer empire’s larger temples. Made primarily of sandstone with trees and bushes growing into its structure, it makes for a magnificent sight. There are also scatterings of Buddhist motifs, despite its original purpose as a Hindu temple. 40 km east of Angkor Wat, Cambodia.
» 12PM Support local initiatives to fight poverty and human trafficking by opting for a lunch at Sala Baï Hotel & Restaurant School. The hospitality vocational school offers fusion cuisine prepared and served by its students. Proceeds go to the students’ training fund. Wat Svay – Tonle Sap Road, Cambodia. Tel: +855 63 963 329
» 2PM A quick tuk tuk ride away is Café Indochine. Taste Royal Khmer cuisine favourites like amok trey, where a fish fillet is steamed with an aromatic blend of kroeung (shallots, lemongrass, garlic and kaffir lime), coconut milk and wrapped in banana leaves, and the lok lak of stir-fried beef cubes with tek merec (black Kampot pepper). 44 Sivatha Street, Siem Reap, Cambodia. Tel: +855 92 630 958
» 4PM Ly Pisith showcases the ancient art of Cambodia’s silversmithing (the country’s most precious metal) at Garden of Desire. The meticulously handcrafted pieces come with modern, sculptural designs that are often adorned with semi-precious stones. The rest of the street is also teeming with shops for those wanting to bring home a slice of Siem Reap. Alley W, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia. Tel: +855 63 760 517
» 5PM Hailed as the precious gem of Khmer art, Bantãy Srei is a 10th century temple dedicated to the Hindu god, Shiva. It is known for its intricate carvings in an alluring pink-toned stone, depicting incredibly animated battles between asura brothers, Sunday and Upasunda, as well as Indra (god of sky) creating rain to put out forest fires started by Agni (god of fire). Siem Reap, Cambodia.
» 6PM Le Bel Air offers Belgian classics in the heart of Siem Reap. Go for the Gratinated Mussels with Garlic Butter or Sweetbreads Dumplings with Pan-fried Foie Gras while nursing a pint of dark beer. The hip and casual ambience is ideal for relaxing after a day of sightseeing. Street 26, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia. Tel: +855 85 560 100
» 9PM While the night away with Dean’s Boys’ Mojito at Miss Wong Cocktail Bar. Opened by New Zealand radio journalist Dean Williams, the intimate space is ideal for catching up with friends or to simply escape the hustle and bustle. The Lane, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia. Tel: +855 92 428 332