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: Culture History, Family, Highlights
For those looking for an authentic and unique experience, Sala Lodges has created a typical Cambodian village of 11 beautifully-restored original stilted homes, full of peaceful serenity and calm, on the outskirts of Siem Reap.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Sala Lodges is a unique property of traditional Khmer homes developed to create a small village-like atmosphere, just north of Siem Reap and a 15-minute drive from the airport. The 11 stilted wooden homes, which date from the 1950s and 1980s, were transported from rural Cambodia and lovingly restored to create private villa accommodation which looks authentic but has all the comfort and modern amenities appreciated by modern-day travellers. Sited in lush gardens of sugar palms, rice paddies and banana trees, the vibe is serene and peaceful, although Old Market in the centre of Siem Reap can be reached within a 5-minute tuk-tuk ride. We think Sala Lodges would suit those who enjoy Cambodian heritage looking for a small quiet property located out of town.
All the villas, have high ceilings, lots of original character, antique furniture, modern bathroom with shower and balconies. TVs are available on request. As each house has its own architectural characteristics, the villas vary in size and while most sleep between two and three people, several are suitable for larger families and groups. The overall style is pared back luxe with large beds, crisp linens, natural woven rugs, carefully considered furniture and local soft furnishings. The Long Table and Lounge is the convivial restaurant, serving snacks and tapas by day and Khmer classics and International favourites by night, while the al fresco lounge is great for relaxing under a parasol or enjoying a cocktail. For special occasions, guests can also dine on the terrace of their villa. For cocktails head to the Monolith and Bar.
At the centre of this small resort is a large infinity pool, along with a spa and library and Sala Lodges also provides complimentary tuk-tuk rides into the town or nearby villages. Sala Lodges is proud of its environmental credentials and all food waste is fed to local pigs, bamboo straws are used in the drinks and menus are made from grass. For those looking for a more authentic Cambodian stay, without compromising on creature comforts, we’d recommend Sala Lodges, which is also ideally placed for visiting the temples at Angkor.
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.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
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.