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: Highlights, Honeymoon
For modernist architecture with a tropical twist, jewel-toned vintage-styled Scandinavian furniture and a hip but friendly vibe, check in to Viroth’s Hotel. A firm favourite with the design-conscious, Viroth’s evokes the ex-pat glamour of a bygone age.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Full of mid-century style and glamour, Viroth’s hotel is a wonderful example of New Khmer Architecture, offering an Asian spin on the modernist movement of the Fifties and Sixties, which some have dubbed, Tropical Bauhaus. But whatever label is used to describe this achingly stylish gem, it’s bright, sassy and smart, with some of the most thoughtful and friendly staff we’ve encountered, all at pains to help you enjoy your time in Siem Reap. The two white wings of the hotel are softened by trailing vines and you’ll find lots of lush planting, including vertical green walls throughout the building. An impressive winding staircase leads up to the walkway which connects the two wings. There is a warm and welcoming vibe and the public spaces all flow easily into each other, from the lobby, to the lounge, the restaurant and pool area. Located in the up and coming area of Wat Bo on the east bank of the river, the hotel is just a short walk from the more traditional tourist haunt of Old Market. Angkor Wat is just a 20-minute tuk-tuk ride away, while the airport is a 20-minute drive.
Viroth’s has a total of 35 spacious rooms, full of signature mid-century styling and clean lines, with polished tiled flooring, teal, mustard and olive-hued furniture and accessories, as well as a witty selection of local curios and bric-a-brac. All rooms include a generous balcony, comfortable seating, flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, fridge and minibar. The Deluxe rooms overlook the pool or the street and include either twin, triple or double beds, with a daybed that can be converted for an additional guest and bathrooms are shower only. Suites are spacious, with generous seating areas, showers and bathtubs and great views of the pool. The restaurant has both outdoor and indoor tables set within an air-conditioned, sound-proofed glass structure and serves well-prepared international classics, as well as seasonal Khmer dishes. The vintage-inspired bar oozes mid-century glamour and is a great place for snacks and a cocktail.
In keeping with the retro aesthetic, the hotel has a fleet of vintage limousines to whisk you to and from the airport. Guests will also enjoy the library and lounge area and for the health conscious, there is a fitness centre and spa. But the hotel’s centre piece is the wonderful palm-fringed 20-metre heated saltwater pool, complete with poolside restaurant and bar and a fantastic sundeck that was made for lounging. There is a no children under 12-policy, but the flexible sleeping arrangements would suit families with older children. Aside from that, we think Viroth’s Hotel will suit all those who appreciate its design appeal, looking for stylish accommodation in an increasingly fashionable area 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.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Things to do
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.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Luang Prabang, Pakse, Siem Reap, Phnom Penh & Sihanoukville
This classic itinerary is a wonderful introduction to two of the most beguiling countries in Southeast Asia; Cambodia and Laos. Take in highlights of each country, including fascinating history and breathtaking scenery, and finish on a lovely beach.