Put simply, the Angkor temples should be on everyone’s bucket lists! Millions of tourists flock to the Angkor temples every year and spend hours, or even days, exploring them. The site is considered one of the greatest man-made wonders in the world. So what are the Angkor temples? And why are we this certain that they should it be on your bucket list? Take a read of the below to find out why….
A small country bordering Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, Cambodia is a stunning place with so many unique experiences to be had. Along with a visit to the famed temples of Angkor Wat, a holiday to Cambodia can include interacting with injured elephants and escaping to a private island, amongst other wonderful and little-known activities. We asked our specialists to think outside the box and come up with the top 10 unique things to experience in this wonderful country…
Deciding on your honeymoon destination is one of the most exciting and diffcult choices to make during your wedding preparations. Expectations are high to craft the trip of a lifetime which suits you both perfectly. With this in mind, our specialists have put their heads together to handpick a selction of properties which are just perfect for celebrating your honeymoon.
With jungle-tangled temples, white sandy beaches, a rich cultural heritage and the most hospitable people you’re likely to ever meet; Cambodia is an excellent option when planning your honeymoon. Feel humbled as you watch the sun rise over the majestic Angkor Wat, barter with locals as you shop on the famous floating markets, and ease into a slower pace of life in one of the coastal fishing villages. Cambodia has everything you need for the honeymoon of a lifetime.
Cambodia has a wealth of sights and sounds, and if you dig a little deeper you will find a country like no other, where the smiles and the warmth of the people are as much a part of the experience as visiting the country itself. Perhaps the most famous highlight is the spectacular 1,000 year old Khmer temple ruins, and be sure to enjoy the quaint and quiet capital of Phnom Penh. The up and coming beach resort of Sihanoukville is only a few hours drive from the capital meaning Cambodia can easily make an enjoyable two week holiday.
Cambodia has a fascinating past, which makes it an excellent cultural and educational destination for families. Spend time uncovering its rich history in the museums of Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, or marvelling at the impressive Angkor Wat. Finish off with a few days on one of Cambodia's laid back beaches, should you wish to combine both culture and relaxation on your family holiday.
Cambodia and Vietnam complement each other beautifully: Cambodia has a more laid back charm while Vietnam is the beating heart of Indochina, with fast paced ancient cities. Even in 10 days, you can combine Cambodia and Vietnam with ease, but we’d recommend a little longer to do these wonderful countries justice. You can even cruise between the two along the historic Mekong River.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Best for: Luxury, Culture History, Honeymoon
A very special base for exploring the Angkor temple complex and the attractions of Siem Reap, the Amansara was the former guesthouse of King Sihanouk, offering impeccable service, wonderful cuisine and luxurious accommodation.
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An impressive garden enclave built in 1962, the Amansara was built for visiting guests of King Sihanouk. A wonderful example of Modernist architecture, the low-rise building with its clean lines and exposed stone, blends beautifully into its leafy location in Siem Reap’s old French Quarter. Both Jackie Onassis and Charles de Gaulle have stayed here, and the hotel makes the perfect retreat after a day of sightseeing. With only 24 suites, there is a personal vibe which almost makes it feel as if you are staying in your own exclusive villa. Full of Aman’s signature zen-like simplicity but with luxurious levels of comfort, service and accommodation, this peaceful and majestic garden enclave will ensure your visit to Siem Reap is an indulgent and once-in-a-lifetime experience. The city’s night market, bars and restaurants are around a 10-minute walk away, while the temples at Angkor and Siem Reap airport can both be reached within a 15-minute drive.
The Amansara has just 12 Suites and 12 Pool Suites with saltwater infinity pools. All suites enjoy a private outdoor courtyard, open-plan sleeping and seating area with sofa, chairs and dining table and modern bathroom, decorated with dark wood furniture, white décor, polished marble floor and full-length glass doors opening out onto the courtyard, creating a wall of glass. The overall effect is light, spacious and private. Guests enjoy air-conditioning, ceiling fan, state-of-the-art music system and Wi-Fi. The food is amazing offering both Western and Khmer cuisine and guests can dine in the circular dining room (one of the hotel’s standout features), on the roof terrace, or in the privacy of their suite. The bar is also based in the dining room, where there is a relaxed lounge area.
The tropical gardens are a lovely place to unwind in the shade and guests can enjoy the use of two swimming pools. One is the original slate pool which curves around the sun loungers and the other is a lap pool for exercise. There is also a tranquil spa, library and gallery. A feature of the Amansara is the daily outing offered with an English-speaking guide and driver in a motorised rickshaw, who will use his local knowledge to ensure you get the most from your sightseeing. This iconic building is a wonderful hotel and we can’t think of a better place to retreat to after visiting the temple complex and attractions of Siem Reap.
When to go
In general, the best time to go to Cambodia is from November through to April, as this is when there is the least rain, although it can start to get very hot from March onwards. The wet season is from May to October. The beginning of the wet season in May and June, and the end in October tend to just see short, heavy showers, whereas rain is more frequent from July to September, particularly in the south of the country. November is a particularly good month to travel, as the country is still lush and green from the rainy season.
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Things to do
Angkor Thom and Preah Khan with an Archaeologist - Full Day
Explore the awe-inspiring Angkor Thom and Preah Khan, accompanied by a renowned archaeologist. This insider tour will allow you to gain an in-depth insight into these amazing temples, uncovering hidden secrets and quiet corners.
Rural Vespa Tour from Siem Reap
Enjoy an exhilarating tour through Siem Reap's rural countryside on the back of a Vespa. Run by the renowned Vespa Adventures, this tour takes you through the Angkor forest, past colourful temples and markets all the way to Baray Lake.
Phare Cambodian Circus
Enjoy an evening performance at the renowned Phare Cambodian Circus Show. The hour-long show provides an engaging and artistic way to learn about modern life in Cambodia.
Tour of Beng Mealea
Head away from Siem Reap to explore the secluded and mysterious Beng Mealea. This expansive temple has the same layout as Angkor Wat, and whilst much less well preserved, the crumbling walls and encroaching tree roots provide an atmospheric experience.
Banteay Srei, Kbal Spean & Landmine Museum
Spend the day exploring two of Siem Reap's most impressive historical sites; Banteay Srei and Kbal Spean. You will also visit two educational centres, firstly to learn about wildlife conservation in Cambodia, and then to the poignant Landmine Museum.
Roluos Countryside - Half Day
Spend half a day exploring the serene Siem Reap countryside, visiting the ancient Roluos Group temples which date back to the 8th and 9th centuries. This is a lovely way to experience rural Cambodia, including an ox cart ride and Buddhist monk blessing.
Champagne Breakfast & Sunrise Over Angkor Wat
Take in the magnificent Angkor Wat at sunrise before enjoying a guided tour of the temple followed by an indulgent champagne breakfast at a quiet reservoir nearby. This is a wonderful way to experience one of the world's most famous temples.
Half Day Tour of Ta Phrom and Preah Khan
Accompanied by a private English-speaking guide, take a half day adventure into the forests of the Angkor Archaeological Park to visit two of its most mysterious temples; Ta Phrom and Preah Khan.
Half Day Tour of Angkor Wat
Spend half a day exploring the magnificent Angkor Wat, accompanied by a private English-speaking guide. Once you have taken in the sheer scale of the temple, and the wonderfully intricate design, you will understand why it has become a national symbol.
Angkor Wat with an Archaeologist - Half Day
Take a tour of Cambodia's most iconic site, Angkor Wat, accompanied by an expert Archaeologist guide who will be able to give you a detailed, in-depth insight into this fascinating temple. The sheer scale of the site is awe-inspiring.
Dining for a Cause: Social Enterprise Restaurants of Siem Reap
Spend the evening restaurant-hopping around some of Siem Reap's best social enterprise dining options. Travelling by remork, you will have a selection of dishes or a drink at each stop, and learn about the fantastic work of each organisation.
Helicopter Flight - Angkor Wat, Floating Village & Rulous Group
Travel in style with a helicopter flight over the famous Angkor Wat, the Roluos Temples and the vast Tonle Sap. This special experience is a wonderful way to gain a unique view of these fascinating historical sites and the lush Cambodian countryside.
Evening Food Tour by Vespa
Discover some of the best local dishes Siem Reap has to offer as you are taken by Vespa from local grills to street stalls, avoiding the tourist hotspots to ensure a truly authentic food experience.
Culinary Cambodia, Siem Reap - Half Day
Discover the secrets of Khmer cuisine with this hands-on half day cooking class, including a trip to the market to choose ingredients, a step-by-step lesson from the chef, and of course a delicious meal at the end to enjoy your culinary creations.
Half Day Tour of Angkor Thom
Accompanied by a local guide, explore the ancient capital city of Angkor Thom. This extensive site is surrounded by an imposing wall, with the awe-inspiring Bayon Temple at the centre, with its serene stone faces gazing out upon the forest.
Discover Hidden Angkor by Bicycle
Explore the awe-inspiring Angkor Archaeological Park by bicycle, travelling by quiet pathways and visiting lesser-known temples. This is a fantastic opportunity to get a bit more off the beaten track, finishing with lunch at a traditional Khmer house.
Temples & Countryside by Bicycle
Travelling by bicycle, head out of Siem Reap to explore picturesque countryside, rural communities and peaceful temples. Enjoy a picnic lunch by a reservoir, where you will have a chance to cool off with a refreshing swim in the water.
Helicopter Flight - Angkor Wat Circuit & Temple Tour
Gain a new perspective on one of Asia's most iconic sites, as you enjoy a helicopter ride around the magnificent Angkor Wat. Whilst this is a short experience, it is sure to be a memorable one, and a wonderful addition to any special trip.