Big Guns

LUXE City Guides - Cambodia and Laos - - Angkor Con­fi­den­tial -

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.

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