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.
Shinta Mani Angkor
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Best for: Culture History, Food Drink, Honeymoon
Expertly designed with a fusion of contemporary minimalism and Khmer-inspired style, Shinta Mani Angkor is an intimate boutique hotel, where polished concrete, dark wood, modern art and stylish antiques combine to create a slick and stylish offering.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
At the cutting-edge of contemporary style, Shinta Mani Angkor is one of Siem Reap’s most modern hotels. Located in the leafy French Quarter, just a 10-minute walk from the city’s night market, shops and restaurants, it is just a 15-minute drive to the Angkor temples, as well as Siem Reap airport. Designed by celebrated architect Bill Bensley, the dramatic exterior architecture inspired by the local temples is brilliantly complemented by the calm and serene interiors. The palette is restful and includes grey, white, brown and pale orange hues, the lighting is soft, the art is modern, and the sculptures and antiques have been carefully curated to give an overall impression of calm contemporary chic. The hotel also has an impressive foundation that benefits the local community with outreach programmes for disadvantaged children.
With just 39 rooms the hotel has a personal and intimate feel. There are two main categories of accommodation Superior and Deluxe, the main difference being size. Room decor includes modern art, dark woods and white walls, while amenities include comfortable beds, bright minimalist bathroom with rain shower, Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, Cable TV and DVD Player. The more spacious deluxe accommodation can accommodate larger groups and families in style and comfort. The fusion cuisine on offer at the onsite restaurant, Kroya is a treat and guests can enjoy a drink in Bensley’s Bar, as well as the Pool Bar. The hotel also owns a nearby restaurant, The Steakhouse at Pub Street.
Although the hotel is small, it boasts lovely tropical gardens where you will find a pool and soothing spa. This is a great place to unwind after a day of sightseeing with plenty of sun loungers, shady palms and a calming water feature. We think Shinta Mani Angkor will appeal to those who appreciate a contemporary aesthetic and are looking for intimate and stylish accommodation near 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
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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.
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.