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 Shack
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Best for: Culture History, Honeymoon, Luxury
A boutique resort centrally located in Siem Reap’s leafy French Quarter, Shinta Mani Shack is a wonderful example of contemporary Asian design, with clean modernist lines, custom-designed furniture and artwork, as well as exceptionally fine service.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
This courtyard-style resort is a popular choice among the design-conscious, thanks to US architect Bill Bensley, renown for creating exotic luxury resorts. At Shinta Mani Shack the aim was to create a retro-feel with custom-designed furniture, handcrafted light fittings and carefully curated artwork. The result is a chic and stylish contemporary hotel well-located for visiting the temples of Angkor, which are just a 15-minute walk away, as well as sampling the delights of Siem Reap, just a 10-minute stroll away. The airport is a 20-minute drive from the hotel.
The interior décor has been designed using a largely monochrome palette with soft furnishings and accessories offering bright pops of colour. The rooms and suites are centred around the pool courtyard at the heart of the resort and the individually-styled rooms create a bold statement with custom-designed bed, mirrored wall, Bluetooth connectivity, flat-screen TV with Sound Bar and exclusive artwork. Poolside Garden Rooms have terraces that give direct access to the tropical gardens and pool, while Poolview Rooms are located on the first floor and enjoy balcony views. The spacious Junior and Executive Suites have separate living areas and are located on the second floor of the building. The property shares dining options and a spa with the sister hotel over the road, Shinta Mani Angkor. This gives guests a choice of five dining options including the excellent and onsite Bai Tong restaurant serving International dishes and Khmer street food, while over the road the Kroya restaurant focuses on traditional Khmer cuisine. There is also an American-style steakhouse, The Steakhouse At Pub Street, Bensley’s Bar and Poolside refreshments alongside Shinta Mani Shack’s beautiful poolside terrace.
Guests will love the pool area and terrace and a stay here includes the use of the Shinta Mani Spa in the sister hotel. Bikes can be rented for exploring the area and cooking classes are on offer on a private and group basis. We think Shinta Mani Shack is a great option for exploring Siem Reap and the surrounding temples and will appeal to those who enjoy modern Asian design.
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.