Amid the productive silk farms and verdant rice paddies of Cambodia’s northwestern territory, Siem Reap is the country’s second-largest city and a magnificent mishmash of cultural intrigue. Spanning centuries, its bustling streets are home to brightly coloured colonial buildings and rickety Chinese shophouses, with more modern additions including quirky cafés, authentic restaurants and aromatic street food stalls.
While the enchantment of Siem Reap’s Old French Quarter and Old Market provide insight into Cambodia’s cultural essence, it is another nearby feature that takes centre stage: Angkor Wat. This 12th-century Hindu-Buddhist megastructure appears out of the dense jungle and ethereal mists like a mirage, its ornate towers and staggering intricacy the stuff of legend and myth. Amongst these crumbling remnants of a lost civilisation, tree roots wrap themselves around meticulously carved stone walls and orange-robed monks meander pensively throughout the extensive grounds in peaceful rumination. The capital of the Khmer Empire during its apogee, Angkor Wat has become one of Southeast Asia’s most popular tourist destinations and has gained UNESCO World Heritage Site status, sitting alongside Machu Picchu and the Egyptian pyramids as one of the world’s ancient manmade wonders.
Whether you seek awe and enlightenment amid the mystical ruins of Angkor Wat, a rural immersion amongst the Tonle Sap lake’s traditional floating villages or a taste of Cambodia’s cultural heritage throughout Siem Reap’s vibrant streets, our meticulously curated selection of hotels and itineraries will enable you to discover Siem Reap and its surrounds in style, adding an unmissable element to your luxury Cambodia holiday.