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Siem Reap and Angkor Wat
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Accommodation in Siem Reap and Angkor Wat
- 39 rooms
- Restaurant and bar
- Spa and fitness area
For an immersive experience while staying in Siem Reap, the Shinta Mani Angkor offers wonderful Khmer-inspired rooms and the chance to contribute to community programs in rural Cambodia as this luxury hotel proudly supports the Shinta Mani Foundation. Located just a five-minute walk from the Old Market and Pub Street, you’ll be perfectly placed to explore your surroundings at your ease. The boutique hotel offers just 39 rooms so you can be sure of warm, personalised service of the highest quality. Rooms offer city or pool views, and each has a flat-screen cable TV, private bathroom with luxury toiletries, bathrobes, and slippers. During your stay here, make sure to check out the sumptuous spa and spend some time in the outdoor pool. There’s also an art gallery and a library for you to enjoy and after a long day out visiting temples, replenish your spirits at the Indochinese Restaurant which offers a variety of Khmer and international dishes as well as Cambodian cooking classes. Drinks are served at the rooftop bar and café, Bonnalay.
- 45 private villas
- Swimming pool
- Two restaurants
- Two bars
- Spa temple
- Kids club
Meaning ‘green village’ in Khmer, Phum Baitang is set within eight acres of lush gardens and rice paddies away from the bustle of Siem Reap, yet still just minutes from the temples of Angkor. And indeed it does appear as a traditional Cambodian village on first sight, but you’ll soon notice intricate design touches and modern luxuries between the rusticity. There are 45 private stilted and thatched villas, each built in a traditional style with carefully considered contemporary touches, with extensive use of reclaimed wood, expansive terraces, handpicked furniture and wonderfully spacious bathrooms with egg-shaped baths carved from local stone. 20 of the villas have their own outdoor plunge pools. Two restaurants lie in the village, Hang Bay, which serves a fusion of cultural cuisine, and Bay Phsar, which has the feel of a local market and is the venue to try vibrant Cambodian flavours created using freshly picked ingredients including herbs from the organic garden and rice straight from the surrounding paddies. One of the bars sits alongside the scenic 50m infinity pool but our favourite is the cigar and cocktail lounge, housed within a reconstructed century-old farmhouse that has shelves bursting with vintage liqueurs, gin and whisky, surely one of the coolest bars in Southeast Asia. End a day of temple exploration at the spa, an ancient looking temple offering age-old healing techniques and beauty recipes using indigenous ingredients. Aside from temples, Phum Baitang offers a range of activities, including a kids’ club, private dining experiences and cooking classes, cultural excursions, trips to Tonle Sap and vintage jeep drives..
- 108 rooms and suites
- Restaurant, bar and deli
- Two swimming pools
- Fitness centre
- Internet access
An elegant hideaway located close to the 12th century UNESCO ruins of Angkor in the heart of Siem Reap. With Khmer-inspired contemporary architecture and design touches, the Park Hyatt is a tranquil urban oasis, with cool, crisp white colonnades leading to the central swimming pool and ancient banyan tree in the main courtyard. There are 108 rooms and suites with custom-made furniture dress and modern luxuries. Some feature courtyard or downtown views plus a separate living room and an indulgent sunken bathtub for two. For further luxury, opt for a suite for your own private outdoor patio, plunge pool, balcony or sun garden. The Dining Room is elegant with black and white marble walls and floors, a cosy venue for intimate dining, while The Living Room bar lounge is a chic place for a cocktail. For comfort food, freshly baked goods and home-made ice cream, head to the Glasshouse Deli.
During your time in Siem Reap we can arrange privately guided specialist tours to show you the best of city, Angkor Wat and the Khmer temples in the region.
Today you will get your first taste of the Angkor temples. Explore the sprawling labyrinth of Banteay Kdei with its Hall of the Dancing Girls.
Enjoy sunset drinks at Angkor Thom whilst sailing on the complex's vast moat.
Travel by road to Srah Srang and then continue to Ta Prohm, pausing to collect your entry passes at the Archaeological Park Entrance. Take your time to walk through the temple from the West entrance to the East entrance where you will rejoin our driver. From the Northwest of Ta Prohm, walk 15 minutes through the forest to the seldom visited temple of Ta Nei. There is a reasonable chance of having this beautiful Angkor temple all to yourself. Pause for a light breakfast around this peaceful area before exploring further. End the morning at Ta Keo temple, known as the 'mountain with bronze peaks', and admire its five-tiered pyramid structure.
Travel by road to the Victory Gate of Angkor Thom. You have the choice of either walking along the path along the city wall to the Death Gate or continuing around by road. En route to the Terrace of the Leper King, you'll stop briefly to see an imposing statue found in Bayon which is now displayed at Vihear Prampeilveng. Begin again at the atmospheric Preah Palilay and walk through the shaded parkland behind the terraces, past Phimeanakas with its beautiful lakes, and the imposing Baphuon to finally reach Jayavarman’s state temple of Bayon at the centre of the city. Explore this important temple with its many captivating giant stone faces. Your guide will point out the most interesting of the detailed bas reliefs illustrating everyday life in the Angkorian era.
Approximately 50km (31 miles) north of Siem Reap lies the sacred Phnom Kulen, the ‘Mountain of Lychees', the birthplace of the Angkorian Empire under the reign of King Jayavarman II. The area is now a small national park, rising 488m (1,600 feet) above the surrounding plains. The plateau boasts fine carvings of a thousand Shiva’s Lingas under the riverbed, temple ruins and Cambodia’s largest reclining Buddha.
Explore Phnom Kulen, ‘Mountain of the Lychees’, with a full day adventure tour. This trip is considered a greater difficulty level, requiring good fitness for a 17km hike.
You'll start the 17km hike from Kulen’s 1000 lingas, walking along jungle trails through unique landscapes: rocky outcrops, dry and tropical forests, across streams and through rural fields. Learn about the daily activities of these rural communities, their living conditions, the natural environment and ancient and recent history of the low-lying mountain plateau. This trek takes in pre-Angkorian animist statues that are slowly being reclaimed by the forest. A 20-minute motodop tour will complete your loop.
Visit Angkor Wat, one of the modern wonders of the world, and watch the sun rise behind this ornate temple. Be amazed by the sheer size of the temple and learn how the Khmer Empire prospered between the 9th and 13th centuries, around the time when Angkor Wat was built. Stroll through the intricately carved hallways that show hundreds of fine carvings and discover small shrines still in use today by the local people.
Head to Sambor Prei Kuk and visit the ruins of the 6th-century temples - some of Cambodia's oldest. Three groups of temples here are from the pre-Angkorian period and are collectively known as Ishanapura.
Learn how, as the Funan delta state declined due to changes in trading patterns with Rome and China, a new power grew inland called Chenla. This was to be the civilization controlling much of South East Asia.
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Accommodation in Phnom Penh
- 170 rooms and suites
- Five restaurants
- Two pools – one lap pool and one for families
- Butler service
- Fitness Centre
- Hotel shops
The Le Royal has been the most glamourous place to stay in Phnom Penh since its opening in 1929. Set just off a tree-lined avenue in the heart of this re-emerging city, the hotel is grand oasis, with a warm welcome awaiting you. Colonial in style and impossibly elegant, 170 rooms suites are a distinguished blend of Khmer, French and art deco architecture. The polished wooden floors, overhead fans and white linen are reminiscent of a bygone era with balconies overlooking the tropical garden or to the wonderful central swimming pool a perfect finishing touch. A choice of dining options, the favourite and finest restaurant in Phnom Penh is Restaurant Le Royal which serves Royal Cambodian and modern French cuisine. The iconic Elephant Bar is something of an institution in its own right and the place for an afternoon tea that blends into an extended happy hour.
- 175 rooms
- Five dining venues
- Spectacular sky bar
- Fitness centre
- Swimming pool
The Rosewood Phnom Penh takes up residence in the top 14 floors of the Vattanac Capital Tower, the city’s most iconic modern structure and a symbol of the new Cambodia, soaring some 188m above the heart of the city 175 rooms, including 37 suites, all have incredible views. Interiors blend traditional refinement with sophisticated technology to create comfortable, residential-style living spaces. There are five distinct dining venues, from casual to fine dining, and a range of cuisines including Cambodian, French and Japanese. Crowning it all is one of the most spectacular sky bars and entertainment space in the city, if not the region. Back inside, on level 33, find a luxurious spa, state-of-the-art fitness centre and an indoor lap swimming pool.
Discover this charming city with a wealth of history and unique architecture. We will arrange specialist guides and unique excursions so you see the best of Phnom Penh.
Escape the hustle and bustle of Phnom Penh and venture into the capital’s surrounding countryside with a relaxing half-day rural cycle tour of the Islands of the Mekong. Cycling around 25km on flat and small dirt roads, as well as a quick ferry crossing, enjoy the quiet back roads to reach the Mekong Islands, passing through local Cham Muslim communities. On the islands, pedal through orchards and market gardens learning more of local life before returning to Phnom Penh.
Visit the infamous Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a former high school that the Khmer Rouge converted to an interrogation centre and prison in 1975 during the genocide. More than 17,000 people were tortured there before being murdered at the killing fields outside of the city. Pol Pot’s brutal attempt to create a society without class resulted in nearly 2 million people dying from execution, starvation, or disease.
The peaceful stretch of green fields of Cheung Ek, known as 'The Killing Fields', 17km (11 miles) from Phnom Penh, may not indicate what kinds of horrors have taken place there. A large memorial has been built to commemorate the 17,000 victims who died here under the reign of Khmer Rouge leader, Pol Pot. The remnants inside the memorial and the mass graves that dot the area remind you of the suffering of the victims. It will give an appreciation of the struggle that Cambodian people have faced and their tremendous courage to move on and rebuild their nation.
Visit the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, two of the most striking buildings in the capital and considered as some of the finest examples of Khmer architecture. They were initially constructed in 1866 by the French. The Royal Palace is home to the current King Sihamoni. The neighboring Silver Pagoda stands out in its own distinctive way. The floor consists of 5,329 solid silver tiles to which the building owes its name. Next head to the National Museum, which houses the world's foremost collection of Khmer art. You can then opt to explore the shops and boutiques in Street 240 area or visit the small hill within the city, Wat Phnom and learn how the city got its name.
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Accommodation in Kep
- Five villas with 18 rooms
- Sailing club
- Infinity pool
Cambodia’s southern coast is a wonderful place to relax, unwind and enjoy its beautiful beaches and sleepy fishing villages. Knai Bang Chatt is located just two hours from Phnom Penh in Kep, and the perfect spot to enjoy all this untouched part of Cambodia has to offer. Kep-sur-Mer, as it was known in the 50s, was a popular seaside retreat for the colonial French elite, and later wealthy Khmers. In the 70s much of the city had fallen into disrepair under the influence of Khmer Rouge forces. Among the abandoned buildings were the three original villas of Knai Bang Chatt – originally owned by the Governor of Kep, a relative of the king and the Head of Customs. The villas were purchased in 2006 and a further two villas were built with the whole property undergoing a full renovation 2012. Knai Bang Chatt consists of five villas with 18 rooms in total. The decor is indpired by the ancient Japanese philosophy, Wabi Sabi, which places emphasis on purity and simplicity. The rooms are simple and elegant with polished teak beds, ceramics and soft, earthy tones. Some of the rooms come with garden or sea views. Throughout the property you’ll find cultural artifacts and historical works of art and the lush grounds are an oasis of calm with swaying palms and pebbled pathways. The Strand restaurant specialises in locally caught seafood which can be enjoyed at the open-air restaurant by the beach or in the dining pavilion. There is also the option to indulge in some really special dining experiences including a private candlelit dinner at the end of the hotel’s jetty. The Sailing Club, located in a former fisherman’s cottage, is another option for food and drink and is also a centre for kayaking, wind surfing and sailing. There are daily yoga and meditation sessions and spa treatments on offer as well as a beautiful infinity pool, perfect for lazy days in the sun.
Kep is a quaint seaside town and former French colonial retreat, known in the 50s as Kep-sur-Mer. In the 70s much of the city had fallen into disrepair under the influence of Khmer Rouge forces and evidence of this period can still be seen scattered around the area. People visit Kep for its laidback atmosphere and food - it is the centre of the Cambodian crab fishing industry. You can also enjoy trips to offshore islands and explore the lush Kep National Park.
This sleepy seaside former French colonial retreat continues to inspire with its rustic charm of abandoned crumbling villas set in the lush hillside overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. Famous for its fresh seafood, in particular the delectable crabs cooked with Kampot pepper, today you will get a glimpse of the former glory of Kep-sur-mer, visiting the former residence of King Father Norodom Sihanouk, the unlikely looking yet delightful rickety crab shacks on the seafront, and travel along coastal roads visiting a hillside temple and the iconic statue of the sea overlooking Kep Beach.
The landscape between Kep and Kampot is studded with limestone mountains, hiding caves and Buddhist shrines. Visit the cave complex of Phnom Chhnork, located just outside Kampot, known for its impressive formations of stalagmites and stalagtites and well preserved 7th-century brick temple shrine to Shiva in the main chamber.
The beautiful Cambodian countryside leads you to the next stop, the so-called 'secret lake', created through hard labour under the Khmer Rouge as an irrigation dam. It now serves as a scenic location for a picnic or a swim. This tour can be taken by tuk-tuk, but due to the road conditions it is recommended you take the adventurous option of a motorbike.
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Accommodation in Wild Cambodia
- 15 luxury tents
- Swimming pool
- Adventure butlers
Shinta Mani Wild is an incredible luxury camp nestled within a 350-hectare protected area along the river valley on the southern border of the Cardamom Mountains. It’s the very definition of experiential travel, from the lodging itself to the activities on offer. Shita Mani Wild is the vison of world-renowned designer, Bill Bensley, who purchased the land and whose mission it is to protect this beautiful part of the country from poaching, mining and logging. The camp has partnered with the Wildlife Alliance, whose rangers have a station on-site, to help conserve this precious wildlife corridor. The camp consists of 15 luxury tents positioned along the Tmor Rung River. Their location ensures guests enjoy the best possible views and the tents are positioned so everyone has their own little part of the forest. The walk from some of the tents to the main camp can be quite long, so there are rangers on hand with lamps to help you back at night. Each tent has a story to tell, from the Botanist’s Tent to the National Geographic Tent and while each one is unique, they are all impeccably styled with gorgeous textiles, artwork, fascinating artefacts and one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture. Many have freestanding bath tubs on the decking for the ultimate soak. At the heart of the camp is the Headquarters, where guests enjoy their meals. The team here are passionate about using local, seasonal produce, much of which has been foraged from the surrounding forest. For something really special, there is the option to enjoy a waterfall picnic. The Landing Zone Bar overlooking the Big Raging Sister Waterfall is the place for truly exquisite cocktails. And, if you don’t want to walk there, you can always zip line in! The camp’s pool has been designed to look like a cistern and the lining was painted jet black so the water reflects the details of the forest. The Khmer Tonics is the camp’s spa nestled amongst the rocks, and here you can indulge in a river-stone foot massage while soaking in a waterfall pool. There is so much to do during a stay at Shinta Mani Wild, from mountain biking and kayaking to fishing, foraging and cooking classes. There’s even the option to head out on an anti-poaching patrol to experience the vital work being done by the Wildlife Alliance.
- 12 tented villas
Hidden deep within the Cardamon Rainforest near the border with Thailand is 4 Rivers Floating Lodge, a wonderful eco-lodge with a strong emphasis on showing off and protecting its natural environment. 12 tented villas sit on a pontoon over the Tatai River with large balconies from which to look out over the water and watch the sun set and rise from behind the trees. Lean over the decking with a morning coffee and watch the aquatic life beneath its surface or relax inside your villa, birdsong providing the perfect soundtrack to your time in the forest. There is a strong commitment to preserving the environment with solar panels providing energy, much of the furniture made from water hyacinth plants and the villas floors are made from a composite of wood and 100% recycled plastic to avoid having to replace whole wooden pannels due to heat and humidity. Waste water is treated and then released back into the river when clean. The lodge has also initiated a number of community projects in the Koh Kong region such as bringing uncontaminated drinking water to a local school. There is also an ongoing Tatai river and waterfall clean-up project to help preserve the flora and fauna. Guests can dine on delicious Khmer cuisine at the al fresco restaurant, enjoying locally sourced seafood and vegetables cooked with a unique blend of herbs and spices. The Cardamon Rainforest is one of south east Asia’s most pristine and it is ripe for exploring. Hike through the jungle, explore the coastal mangrove forests, take a boat trip out to Tatai waterfall and enjoy gliding through the still waters on a sunset cruise.
This is a beautiful untouched part of the country, and there are ample opportunities for hiking, kayaking, heading out with wildlife rangers and of course just kicking back and relaxing.
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Accommodation in Coastal Cambodia
- 27 stilted villas
- Yoga and meditation
- Infinity pool
- Island boutique
- Spa and wellness
- Ecological programme
- Two bars and restaurants
Song Saa is a beautiful eco resort that sits across the islands of Koh Bong and Koh Ouen, affectionately known as the Sweetheart Islands. Reached by a 45-minute speedboat journey from the mainland, Song Saa is the perfect place to completely unwind and explore southern Cambodia’s stunning coastline. The resort was built with sustainability in mind, with reclaimed timber and other materials from the mainland used in its construction. Salvaged wood from old fishing boats and factory yards was turned into decking and beams, oil drums became lamps, and weathered driftwood was crafted into beautiful pieces of furniture. 24 luxury pool villas are scatted across the island, some nestled within the rainforest along the shoreline and others perched over the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Thailand. The open-plan design of the villas creates a real sense of space and light and the natural decor and design compliments the surrounding environment. For the ultimate exclusive escape, the two-bedroom Royal Villa is reached by private boat and has its own pool, kitchen and indoor dining space for up to 12. Locally caught seafood and seasonal fruits and vegetables are used to create delicious Khmer cuisine at the overwater Vista Restaurant. Driftwood Bar on the beach is the perfect place to grab a crisp beer or muddled mojito and enjoy a wood-fired pizza or some tapas as the sun goes down. Dotted around the resort are little sanctuaries where you can indulge in a spa treatment surrounded by nature. There is also a large infinity pool, a fitenss centre and yoga sessions for those that like to keep active while away. You are surrounded by white sandy beaches and crystal clear water, so grab a snorkelling mask, a paddleboard or a kayak and explore. Or, take to the rainforest trails and discover the native plants and wildlife.
- 63 pavilions and villas
- Two restaurants
- Outdoor swimming pool
The Alila Villas Koh Russey are located within the beautiful Koh Rong archipelago, a tranquil hideaway perfect for a few days of relaxation. The resort is made up of 63 pavilions and villas, all with private terraces and garden or beach views. The villas, which feature one, two or four bedrooms, have private pools, and for bigger groups looking to go all out, there is a four-bedroom beach estate. The grey cubic buildings are minimalist in design and the mix of steel, wood and volcanic stone with light coloured fabrics and silk weavings gives a comfortable but contemporary finish. High ceilings and bay windows ensure plenty of natural light and each building is surrounded by lush gardens filled with indigenous trees and plants. Horizon is the resort’s beachside restaurant where guests can enjoy French and French fusion cuisine, while the Beach Shack is a more casual all-day dining venue showcasing Khmer favourites as well as fresh fish cooked on the grill. Many of the fruits, vegetables and herbs are grown in their organic kitchen garden. There is a beautiful outdoor pool facing the beach, a small gym, a yoga studio offering complimentary classes, and a spa. When you’re not relaxing at the resort, explore the island, relax on the private beach and swim and snorkel through the crystal clear water.
- 40 villas with private pools
- Two restaurants
- Sunset bar
- Swimming pool
Krabey Island is nestled on a 30-acre tropical island off the coast of Cambodia, an idyllic retreat surrounded by the glittering waters of the Gulf of Thailand. Guests will arrive at the mainland reception before a short water transfer to the island. There are 40 private pool villas which blend seamlessly into the surroundings without compromising on luxury. Spacious interiors, beautiful en-suite bathrooms and living rooms with a day bed offer ultimate comfort and a soft, neutral colour scheme works with the natural surroundings. Each villa opens out onto an outdoor decking area with private plunge pool. The food at Krabey Island is a real highlight. Aha Restaurant offers seasonal pan-Asian and western cuisine while the Treehouse Restaurant hidden among the trees takes inspiration from Khmer, South East Asian and Mediterranean cooking. The Sunset Bar is perched above the ocean treating guests to sweeping views over the gulf. And when you need to cool off, there is an ice cream parlour serving home-made gelato and sorbet. When you want to simply unwind, indulge in a treatment at the spa where you can learn about the ingredients and create your own products at the Alchemy Bar. There is also a gym and a beautiful swimming pool. There is so much to do while staying at Krabey from snorkelling and kayaking to island hopping and cooking classes. They even have their own outdoor cinema where you can watch classic films under a starry night sky.
- 67 luxury villas
- Sea views in selected villas
- Two open air restaurants
- Outdoor pool
As the name suggests, the luxurious surrounds of this Royal Sands Hotel can be found upon the idyllic tropical island of Koh Rong, Cambodia’s second largest island, just to the west of Cambodia’s mainland. The resort boats 67 luxury villas which offer a place of tranquility and relaxation to match that which is found outdoors, on this balmy island. All villas offer wonderful views of the picturesque resort from inside as well as from the villas’ outer decking. Each villa boasts superking beds to ensure your upmost comfort and some even offer undisturbed views of the pristine turquoise ocean from your bed. For dining and refreshments, you can enjoy a cold beer, a BBQ lunch or refined Asian cuisine for dinner at the seafront restaurant aptly named The Chill, or head over to the open-air Ocean Restaurant for a fine buffet breakfast or a romantic candlelit dinner, come evening. No visit is complete without a dip in the large, black outdoor pool or a visit to the Senses Spa, where you can try a range of traditional and contemporary therapies. Also, overlooking the impressive mountains of Koh Rong you’ll find the hotel’s outdoor yoga ‘sala’ dedicated to the art of breathing and relaxation. A range of activities can also be enjoyed here such as surfing, cycling, kayaking, diving and snorkelling and many more.
Neighbouring Thailand may have received all the press when it comes to idyllic beaches, but the south of Cambodia has its own beautiful coastline well worth exploring. You’ll find pristine rainforest, white sandy beaches and sleepy fishing villages that combine to make a wonderfully relaxing destination.
Spend your days snorkelling and diving in warm waters teeming with vibrant underwater life, including seahorses, parrotfish and turtles. Kayak the surrounding archipelago and discover secluded beaches and unspoiled coves. Experienced guides can also take guests into the rainforest to meet the species that live in this unique ecosystem too.
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