Siem Reap is a most marvelous window to the world famous UNESCO World Heritage Site Angkor Temple complex, with its fascinating Khmer architecture in varying states of preservation. The city’s name literally translates to Defeat of Siam, referring to a century-old bloodbath that has been remembered in its thousands of bas relief stone carvings. Siem Reap was a mere village until the French discovered the temple in the 19th century, but today its center is incredibly modern, with riverside contemporary boutiques and spas, delicious eateries along French colonial cobbled streets, and the famous party goers’ Pub Street. Not far away is also Tonle Sap (the Great Lake).
Amansara was originally designed by the French architect Laurent Mondet for King Sihanouk and his guests. See Hotel
Angkor Village Hotel and Resort
Hotel Style: Resort
The wooden bungalows of the Angkor Village Hotel and Resort are decorated with traditional Cambodian art and fabrics. See Hotel
Belmond La Residence D' Angkor
Hotel Style: International
La R�sidence d'Angkor Hotel is an exclusive, tranquil, artistic haven in a leafy hidden courtyard. See Hotel
Raffles Grand Hotel dAngkor
Hotel Style: Heritage
Conveniently located near the majestic Angkor Wat temple complex, Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor makes a perfect starting point to experience Siem Reap. See Hotel
Things to do
Khemer Herbal Healer at Belmond La Residence in Siam Reap, Cambodia, 90 min
Our authentic Khmer Herbal Hot Compress massage is a unique treatment to be experienced at least once in a lifetime. A heated muslin parcel of Aromatic herbs and exotic spices is applied to pressure points on the body, easing stress and relaxing muscles. Hot compresses can also be used to address back pain, increase energy flow, improve circulation, relax muscles and stimulate nerves.
Visit to Banteay Srei & Beng Mealea
Post breakfast, take a pleasant 1.5hr drive via Cambodian countryside to Beng Mealea, one of the most mysterious temples at Angkor..a sprawling jungle temple where nature has truly run riot! Built in 12th century under Suryavarman II on the same floor-plan as Angkor Wat, Beng Mealea preceded and perhaps served as a prototype for Angkor Wat. Unlike the Angkor, few carvings or bas-reliefs are evident. It is enclosed by a massive (dried up) moat and is at the centre of an ancient Angkorian road connecting Angkor Thom and Preah Khan. Undiscovered for centuries and overrun by vegetation, the stone walls are crumbling, adding to its charm. It is accessible by elevated walkways throughout most of the temple, but one needs to climb over stone blocks or walk via narrow passageways to see all corners. Enjoy a simple lunch in a traditional Cambodian wooden house. Later, head to the 10th century Banteay Srei Temple..’Citadel of Women’..dedicated to Siva, where pink sandstone architecture with beautiful sculptures, lintels, pediments and friezes present works of Khmer art, providing an excellent insight into the Angkor civilization and their beliefs.
Private Cooking Class at Soujourn Villas
Experience an illuminating private hands-on interactive Cambodian cooking session learning about delicious and exotic flavors. Enjoy an afternoon/evening in a specially built bamboo village pavilion where you will be taught to create 3 authentic Khmer dishes. Before the class, take a short stroll through the village to get an insight into local cooking customs, techniques, ingredients and beliefs surrounding food. After the session, sit down to dine in the romantic lotus pond stilted-pavilion and savor the fruits of your endeavors comprising the food prepared by you at the class.
Day Trip to Ta Phrom & Banteay Srei
Venture out on a full day tour with a visit to Ta Prohm temple, considered Angkor’s most beautiful structure. Overgrown with fig tree, the magnificent roots of the trees have merged itself over centuries with the temple’s huge stone blocks. Return to Siem Reap to visit Artisans d’Angkor, and observe traditional Cambodian artisans at work as they craft beautiful items, such as stone-carved sculptures and bas reliefs, lacquered tableware, and hand-painted silks. Head onwards to the jewel of Khmer art at Banteay Srei Temple (Citadel of the Women), where you can witness red sandstone walls that exude wonderfully preserved and elaborate carvings.
Visit To Tonle Sap Lake On Boat
Drive about 45mins into the countryside, stopping en route to visit a local village. Arrive at the quay and board a local boat for a 1.5hr ride on the Tonle Sap Lake (the best times are from July to February), also known as the Great Lake of Cambodia. Find out how communities live and work on the lake; see the floating schools, markets, and police stations, among others; observe their daily lives. Drive back to Siem Reap.
Visit To Angkor National Museum
In November 2007, the Angkor National Museum opened its doors offering a comprehensive collection of Cambodian artifacts showcasing the origins of Khmer art, culture, and architecture. With a total of 8 galleries, it covers an in-depth study of Cambodia and Khmer Empire history, and also contains a fascinating collection of Buddhist artifacts. Apart from the antiques and historical relics, successfully integrated state-of-the-art multimedia technology helps bring the exhibitions to life.
Visit To Angkor Silk Farm
The Angkor Silk Farm gives perfect insight into how silk is traditionally made in Cambodia. The farm supports vulnerable women who make a living for their families. Follow each step of the silk process, from growing mulberry trees to providing essential ingredients to grow and feed silkworms. Observe the craftswomen at work. They remove the silk thread from the cocoons and work the thread prior to weaving.
Visit To Angkor Wat And Angkor Thom
Today, set forth on a fascinating trip to the impressive, glorious ancient Angkor Wat (7th Wonder of the World), set in a stunning temple complex with 5 magnificent towers and vast gallery complex, whose chief attraction is the dominating Angkor Wat. See Angkor Thom, a 3kmsq walled moated Royal city having 5 gates. Visit Ta Phrom, a quiet, sprawling, jungle clad monastic complex engulfed by massive fig and silk-cotton trees.