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.
Sokkhak Boutique Resort
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Best for: Highlights, Imagine Favourites, Spectacular scenery
Set within lush tropical gardens, Sokkhak Boutique Resort has been designed to reflect traditional Khmer style with a contemporary twist, having been lovingly restored from an old wooden house, combining the best of the old with the new and modern.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Sokkhak Boutique Resort stands in stunning landscaped gardens. Once an old wooden Khmer house, the property has been renovated to provide stylish and comfortable accommodation that blends a classic and modern aesthetic to great effect. Furnished with Angkor-inspired sculptures and antiques, the extensions, which house most of the guest accommodation, reception and dining area, are modernist in design but have been built around the property’s original architecture. Located on the outskirts of Siem Reap in a quiet part of town, the Sokkhak is just over 4-kilometres from Angkor Wat and just under 4-kilometres from the vibrant Old Market in the centre of town. The airport is around 9-kilometres away and the hotel provides complimentary airport transfers, along with local tuk-tuk rides.
The rooms all feature Khmer décor with antique furniture and classic artwork. Guests can expect a king-size bed, premium linens, flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, writing desk and modern bathroom with rain shower. Some of the larger rooms include seating areas and private balconies overlooking the pool and gardens. The restaurant serves both Khmer and Western cuisine and there is also a coffee shop and snack bar for light refreshments. Guests can also a drink at the poolside bar or for cocktails and nightcaps there is a lounge bar to relax in.
There is a freshwater pool, tranquil spa and guests can also rent bicycles to explore the local area. We think the Sokkhak will appeal to those looking for more of an authentic Khmer experience, close to all the attractions and sights of the Siem Reap area.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Siem Reap, Battambang, Phnom Penh, Kep
This 11-night itinerary takes in key cultural areas of Cambodia. Admire the extraordinary temples of Angkor, soak up the gorgeous countryside in Battambang, explore the country’s capital Phnom Penh, and finish the trip on a sandy beach in Sihanoukville.