As spectacular as Angkor Wat is, it’s only one of many reasons to visit Siem Reap. Image by Łukasz Maźnica / Unsplash
5. Siem Reap, Cambodia
A gateway to the ruins of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap attracts temple-seeking tourists in droves. And while the 12th-century temple complex should be on your agenda, there’s plenty more to explore in Siem Reap. Along with upscale boutiques and spas, a must is Psah Chas – an authentic market filled with baskets of spices, fried banana kebabs, and for the more adventurous, crispy fried tarantulas. There’s also a surprisingly vibrant art and cultural scene there, with film and photo festivals being hosted annually and a growing community of artists and designers.
The Style Sheet’s Tip: For those photography fans after a clear shot of iconic Angkor Wat at sunrise, be prepared to get up early. By 5a.m. there’ll be a few lines formed, so to avoid having the back of a head in your photo, aim for an ambitious arrival time of 4:30.
Flight Time: 2 hours 40 minutes