Worth getting out of bed for
Leaving Siem Reap without seeing Angkor Wat et al would be like going to Egypt and skipping the pyramids. There are as many ways to tour the big four as there are photo ops. The masses descend on Angkor Wat at sunrise, but if you can stand the midday heat, you'll find that this majestic monument is far less hectic. Take the morning to view the graceful faces of nearby Bayon, play Tomb Raider at vine-shrouded Ta Prohm, or explore the terraces and towers of Angkor Thom. Once you've plotted your course, all that's left to do is choose your trusty steed: tuk tuk, taxi or vintage limousine.
Situated in the same shophouse as the hotel, Aha (The Alley, Siem Reap; +855 (0)63 965 501), from the Hôtel de la Paix team, dishes up a range of creative Khmer and European tapas in a Scandi-style room with a tiny open kitchen at its heart.
Respected restaurant Viroth's (246 Wat Bo St, Siem Reap; +855 (0)63 760 774) is a must for elegant Khmer and pan-Asian fare. Nearby sister property, Viroth's Hotel (658 Wat Bo Village, Street 23, Siem Reap; +855 (0)63 761 720) offers classic Cambodian dishes, such as delicate fish amok, in the breezy rooftop restaurant.
The Sugar Palm (Taphul Road, Siem Reap; +855 (0)63 964 838) is a favourite for zesty pomelo salads and Khmer curries, served on the balcony of a traditional timber house.
For Asian-Euro fusion fare in contemporary surrounds, book a table at Abacus Garden Restaurant & Bar (National Road 6, Siem Reap; +855 (0)63 966 156). Globe-trotting tastes include crab, mango and wasabi salad, duck with honey and star anise, and chocolate truffle cake with ginger ice-cream.
Sate Italian cravings at Il Forno (16 The Lane, Siem Reap; +855 (0)92 238 914), where pastas and wood-fired pizzas reign supreme. They home deliver, too, if you fancy in-suite indulgence.
Channeling 1920s Shanghai, Miss Wong Cocktail Bar (The Lane, Siem Reap; +855 (0)92 428 332) is a Sino-chic blend of ruby-red walls, lanterns and carved timber booths. Beat the heat with a tropical fruit cocktail spiked with house-infused vodkas.
For fresh-from-the oven pastries and luscious house-made ice-cream, pop into The Blue Pumpkin (563 Mondol 1, Svay Dang Kum, Siem Reap; +855 (0)63 963 574), a chilled-out space of white day-beds and blonde-wood chairs.