The 50 Things You Must Do in Asia

By Hanya Yanagihara - 2013-07-23T16:27:10Z

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Do Angkor Wat Right: Cambodia

First rule: Forget sunrise at the Angkor Wat complex. It is so popular now that it’ll be more crowded at 5:30 or 6 a.m. than at 7, when those sun-risers are on their way back to their hotels for breakfast.

Instead, opt for less-frequented temples such as Beng Mealea (pictured). In the morning, most visitors beat a path to Ta Prohm—known as the Tomb Raider temple for its cameo in the 2001 film. Swing by at around 4:45 p.m. and you’ll have it almost to yourself. Or visit the Bayon temple (in the lost city of Angkor Thom) between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., when the crowds will have gone back to their hotels for lunch (the sun can be intense, though). See our interactive guide for even more insider tips.

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