ANGKOR WAT IS one of the world’s most celebrated sites and a Cambodian national treasure. The Khmer temple was built for King Suryavarman II in the early 12th Century. It is one of the all-time great architectural masterpieces, both in size (almost 700ft tall and spanning five acres) and intricacy (the tower has over 3,000 heavenly nymphs carved into its walls). It truly must be seen to be believed. Little wonder then, that almost two million visitors a year have the same idea as you.
La Résidence d’Angkor’s enviable position and expert guides allow you to experience Angkor Wat as it was intended. Watch the sun rise from the East Gate over the main temple’s five perfectly aligned towers. Then spend the day exploring lesser known but equally inspiring sacred sites. There are hundreds of temples surrounding Angkor Wat—our trusted guides will show you down hidden pathways, where the jungle wraps itself magically around age-old ruins.
But your exploration of Cambodia shouldn’t stop there. Over the years we have had the privilege of watching Siem Reap transform from tourist gateway to an exciting destination in its own right. Sample the lively food scene in the impressive Khmer restaurants—our mystery dining tour will take you to our favourites.
Delve into the creative scene in Kandal village, a two-minute walk from our hotel. Here you’ll find a community of cafes, restaurants, spas and boutiques. Don’t miss Cambodian designer Sirivan Chak Dumas’ boutique, selling bold menswear and womenswear in feather-light cotton. Visit nearby Louise Loubatieres and browse through a stunning selection of lacquer homeware, ceramics and textiles.
Witness the dazzling Phare Cambodian Circus too. The show is world-famous, staged by students and graduates of a social enterprise school which provides art education to underprivileged Cambodian youth. Here, theatre dance, music and storytelling come together in a beautiful celebration of Cambodian traditions.
Angkor Wat is one of the world’s most breathtaking places. With Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor you can see it from the best possible angle. Set out at sunrise and avoid the crowds as we guide you through the lesser-known routes. Find stunning photo opportunities along the way.
Continue on with your choice of full-day tour, visiting sites like Ta Prohm, Banteay Samre and Angkor Thom.
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