Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
Flight Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
For those seeking ancient culture and history, Cambodia's World Heritage Site of Angkor, near to the city of Siem Reap, is well worth the pilgrimage. Built between the 9th and 13th centuries by the Khmer kings, the ancient city is home to the spectacular temple complex of Angkor Wat, where, despite being over eleven centuries old, over 100 temples remain. This vast archaeological park and sprawling monument to the golden age of Khmer civilization is best viewed at sunrise or sunset – the more adventurous can experience a birds-eye view by hot air balloon. But often side-stepped, Siem Reap is worthy of much attention in itself, with its lovely riverside location, a burgeoning cultural scene, and one of the region's buzziest dining and drinking scenes.
Stay: Belmond La Residence d’Angkor (3 nights)
Belmond La Residence d'Angkor
On the leafy banks of Siem Reap’s river, and very close to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat, this contemporary yet traditional hotel never imposes itself on its stunning landscape. Oh, and its pool and gardens are resolutely blissful.
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