Luxury Vietnam and Cambodia Honeymoon
Visit Hanoi and charming Hoi An, cruise though Lan Ha Bay and uncover the magic of Angkor Wat
Personalised journeys from start to finish
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Every detail taken care of
- Private tours of Ho Chi Minh, the Mekong Delta, Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Hoi An and Hanoi
- Lan Ha Bay cruise
- Private tour options in Siem Reap
- Luxury accommodation throughout
- Meet and greet airport service
- Full support from your travel concierge before, during and after your trip
At a glance
This 13-day honeymoon is the perfect mix of iconic sights and one-of-a-kind experiences that really let you get under the skin of these fascinating countries.
Your luxury trip starts in the vibrant Vietnamese capital, Hanoi. You’ll explore its temples, lake and bustling backstreets where you’ll really get a feel for life in the city. Vietnam has some of the world’s best street food and together with your local guide, you’ll hunt out Hanoi’s tastiest dishes and local specialities.
You’ll then head to Lan Ha Bay to spend a night on a luxury junk boat that will cruise through the shimmering green waters. It’s then onto the charming city of Hoi An, famous for its beautiful architecture and colourful history. Discover iconic sights such as the Japanese Bridge and the Assembly Hall on a guided walking tour, and enjoy some time to browse the markets where hundreds of ornate hand-made lanterns float in the breeze. You’ll also enjoy a cooking demonstration with the chef from a local restaurant to help unlock the secrets of Vietnam’s cuisine.
It’s then south to Ho Chi Minh where you’ll enjoy some really unique experiences to dig beneath the surface of this fascinating city. Rise early and join locals at the bustling flower market and in Tao Dan Park before taking a table and joining in the daily ritual of eating a steaming bowl of pho for breakfast. You’ll also take to the streets on the back of a Vespa to discover its incredible street food scene, and enjoy a day cycling and sailing along the Mekong River.
Cambodia is famous for the temple complex of Angkor Wat, and no trip here would be complete without it. However, we’ll also take you to some of the lesser-known temples, for sunset drinks and to the countryside outside Siem Reap for a much more well-rounded and in-depth experience.
Example Trip Itinerary
Private transfer to your hotel in Hanoi
Accommodation in Hanoi
- 388 rooms and suites
- 3 resturants
- 3 bars
- Swimming pool
- Full service spa
- Fitness centre
- Boutique and gift shop
Just moments from the Opera House in the French Quarter of Hanoi, Hotel Metropole Hanoi boasts the most prestigious address in the city and ideally located for visitors to explore the charming architecture and bustling streets. The hotel has 364 rooms and 22 suites and offers the finest heritage accommodation with all the contemporary comforts and impeccable service expected in a hotel of this stature. The bars and restaurants, especially Le Beaulieu, within the hotel are celebrated with Hanoi and guests have a choice of French, Vietnamese or International cuisine. After a busy day exploring Hanoi, the tranquil pool and Le Spa du Metropole are very welcoming.
Spend your time relaxing and exploring Hanoi. You’ll have our top recommendations for sightseeing and restaurant recommendations, and we can arrange a private guides and specialist excursions for you to see the best of this fascinating city.
With ochre-coloured colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and scenic lakes, Hanoi is full of charm. Start the tour at the historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an imposing monument lavishly built using marble and granite, where the preserved body of ‘Uncle Ho’ resides. Behind the Mausoleum, you can see Ho Chi Minh’s house where his belongings are on display - you can walk up the steps to see his bedroom. You’ll also visit One Pillar Pagoda which is regarded as one of Vietnam’s most iconic temples.
You’ll then enjoy a cyclo tour through the old quarter, one of Vietnam’s liveliest areas. It is known for its ‘tunnel’ or ‘tube’ houses which were built to reduce the fees paid when fares were set according to the width of the house. Weaving your way through the maze of back streets, you’ll get a glimpse into everyday life and an insight into the country’s long history.
Street food is an important part of Vietnamese culture and embraced by all - rich, poor, old, young, tourists and locals alike. Your street food tour will begin with an introduction to local ingredients at a local food market. With some background knowledge, it’s time to hit the streets and start your foodie adventure. Explore small alleys and bustling streets and savour some of Hanoi’s specialties which will be recommended and explained by your gastronome.
Private transfer to Lan Ha Bay
Lan Ha Bay
Accommodation in Lan Ha Bay
- Six cabins
- Restaurant and bar
- Lounge area and library
- Sun deck
This vessel is small, yet exquisite. Built to resemble a traditional Asian junk ship, it is named after the delicate Violet Chirita flower and offers a wonderful way to experience the beauty of Lan Ha Bay. Due to the modest size of the Violet, there are only two types of room available. Deluxe rooms feature 20sqm of floor space, which extends out onto a 5sqm balcony, and an Italian marble bathroom with both a walk-in shower and a Jacuzzi. The four larger suites feature 1930s inspired Indochina décor and plush king-sized beds with a massive 38sqm of space on the upper deck. Enjoy creative Vietnamese fusion cuisine in the boat’s dining room, serving seafood fresh from the Mekong and take drinks up on the sun deck in the evening. It’s here on the top level of the Violet that you can also take part in Tai Chi sessions each morning.
- Ten cabins
- Restaurant, lounge and two bars
- Massage room
Refined Asian furnishings and modern luxury come together on the Ginger junk to create an elegantly relaxed experience in Lan Ha, an area which is quieter than Halong Bay. Three decks of polished woodwork, Indochine decor and panoramic views of the UNESCO-protected bay fill this cruiser. Despite its large size, the Ginger is home to just ten cabins, ensuring there is still an intimate atmosphere awaiting you on board. Take in those gorgeous emerald views during a morning Tai Chi lesson, whilst dining at the restaurant or from the comfortable sundeck. Then, explore the fabulous limestone scenery close-up with unforgettable kayaking, snorkelling and caving tours.
- Ylang spa
- Yoga room
- En-suite bedrooms with private balcony
- On board restaurant
- On board bar
Ylang is the exquisite newest member of Heritage Line’s ship collection, that sails through Lan Ha Bay. Its sleek and luxurious design set to the backdrop of this jaw dropping scenery is a picture to behold. Once in its expansive and stylish interior, you’ll find ten magnificent suites. Natural light floods the interior of this ship and your private suite is no exception, thanks to panoramic doors pulling you into the phenomenal scenery that floats by. Be sure to further explore the natural wonders around you on your private balcony, which are a welcome feature of each suite. On board you’ll experience delicious Vietnamese cuisine at the restaurant and bar, where you’ll be surrounded by 180-degree windows, offering perfect views of the bay. Throughout the ship you’ll notice a splendid blend of Asian-Vietnamese design and local artisans decorate Ylang’s interior with hand-crafted paintings. During the day, make the most of the invigorating activities on offer from kayaking to cycling and hiking through Cat Ba Island National Park. There is also a strong focus on wellness with activities on board ranging from yoga to early morning Tai Chi lessons on the upper deck. After an active day on the water, relax in the Ylang spa, where you can indulge in a variety of treatments or make use of the sauna. For some downtime later in the evening head to the library salon or marvel at the stars from on top of the terrace deck.
Limestone outcrops blanketed in lush vegetation rise up from the still, jade-coloured water. Your boat glides smoothly across the glassy surface, the shapes and shadows of the islets changing as you navigate this watery paradise. This is Lan Ha Bay, the smaller, quieter and altogether more serene neighbour of Halong Bay.
Although belonging to a different province, Lan Ha is essentially an extension of Halong Bay and offers the same mesmerising scenery. Lying south-east of Cat Ba Island, fewer boats make their way to Lan Ha meaning you'll get to enjoy this idyllic setting without the busy crowds.
As you weave your way through the islands, you'll come across secluded bays, white sandy beaches and floating villages. There are caves to explore, islands to cycle on, and the pristine waters are perfect for swimming, snorkelling and kayaking.
Your luxury junk boat will be your home away from home as you explore Lan Ha Bay, and there are few experiences as magical as watching the sunrise from the comfort of your cabin, then watching it sink behind the sparkling water as the day draws to a close.
Private transfer to Hanoi airport
Flight from Hanoi to Danang
Private transfer to your hotel in Hoi An
Accommodation in Hoi An
- 93 rooms and suites
- Swimming pool
- Full-service spa
- Four restaurants and bars
Tranquil and classic French colonial style enfolds you at the Anantara for an intimate stay. Scenically positioned on the banks of the Thu Bon River and right in the heart of the city of Hoi An, you are ideally situated to explore the treasures of this charming region. 93 rooms and suites are housed in a two- and three-story white pillared building and come with river or garden views. Rooms are comfortable and gracefully furnished with a host of modern comforts and feature spacious balconies. The airy terrace of the Riverside Café is a great spot for a light lunch as you gaze out across the river, while the Heritage Bar in the courtyard is the place to grab a pre-dinner cocktail. For something really special, take advantage of their ‘dining by design’ service where you can dine al fresco with your own private chef. Pretty gardens and an outdoor pool are perfect for when you want to simply relax and unwind and there is a spa where you can create a ‘spa journey’ and indulge in a series of tailored treatments. For those who want to get out and explore, you are just a short stroll from the centre of this historic port town.
- 50 one-bed villas and 40 pool villas
- Three swimming pools
- Full service spa
- Two restaurants and one bar
- Fitness centre
Within 35 hectares of tropical gardens set on the pristine shoreline of Ha My beach, sixty one-bedroom villas and forty pool villas make up this exclusive and palatial hotel. As well as a place for indulgent relaxation, Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai is also well located for exploring the charming 15th century town of Hoi An that sits a few short miles away. While away your days here next to one of three expansive infinity pools or take a dip in the tranquil Gulf of Tonkin. Then, rejuvenate with an Oriental ritual therapy treatment before dining at one of the three varied and excellent restaurants. The Beach restaurant is particularly recommended in the evening to sample the day’s freshest catch. If you are after something extra special, the pool villas come with their own private butler. From romantic candle-lit dinners on the beach, to Hoi An’s finest tailors custom fitting your formal attire, to private Vietnamese cooking classes, your butler will ensure you experience every touch of sophisticated decadence during your stay. Hoi An and its UNESCO World Heritage Site old town are minutes away and a delight to explore the pretty streets steeped in history and culture. Those in search of gifts and souvenirs can shop quality silk, jade, pearls and quality linen from the riverside stores.
- 87 private pool suites
- Swimming pool
- Full service inclusive spa
- Restaurant and bar
- Fusion Lounge in central Hoi An
A private enclave surrounded by high granite walls with direct beach access and daily complimentary spa treatments, Fusion Maia is a sophisticated, spoiling and tranquil haven 20km outside Hoi An. The focus here is on allowing guests to completely switch off, offering a discreet but impecable service. Its pool, spa and beach villas are minimal and modern in design and feature outdoor courtyards and private plunge pools. Pool villas are perfect for couples or friends while the two-bedroom spa villas and three-bedroom beach villas are ideal for families or groups of friends. One of the real highlights of Fusion Maia is the spa, set within the lush, tropical gardens. A range of treatments are available, totally tailored to suit you, and there is an outdoor pool for relaxing in before or after. When it comes to dining, it is all about fresh, vibrant food made with the highest quality ingredients. Enjoy the fusion menu at the Fiving Dining Room as well as grilled seafood and salads at the aptly named ‘Fresh’ poolside restaurant. There is also the option to experience destination dining and enjoy a delicious meal in a special and unique location. Hoi An is one of Vietnam’s most enchanting towns and there is a shuttle bus to take you back and forth for when you want to explore. When you want to simply relax and unwind, indulge in a spa treatment or sit back with a bucket of popcorn and enjoy a film in the hotel’s very own HD cinema.
Hoi An is a charming town with lots of beautiful archirecture, lively markets and serene waterfront spots. Enjoy a few days wandering through its backstreets, discovering your own favourite corners.
Stroll through the narrow lanes of Hoi An and soak up the heritage of this old-world town. Highly prosperous between the 17th and 19th centuries, this world-heritage listed area boasts well-preserved buildings, pedestrianised streets and unique cuisine, allowing visitors a glimpse into its illustrious past. On this walking tour there is plenty to visit, including the old merchants' houses with influences from Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture; the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge; the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation with outstanding wood carvings; and the colourful market with stalls brimming with local specialties including silk, which can be turned into fashionable garments within a day or two.
Late in the afternoon you'll board a local river boat and set out on the water, watching the town's fishermen getting ready to head out into the Cua Dai Sea. When you reach a good spot, hop off the boat and try your hand at casting fishing nets. You'll also have the opportunity to learn how to paddle the unique Vietnamese round basket boats. On the way back, enjoy a drink and snack as you watch the last of the sun's rays disappearing below the horizon.
Chef and proprietor Duc Tran from Mango Mango restaurant creates eclectic and innovative tastes reflective of his worldwide culinary journey. A passionate and extremely talented chef with in-depth knowledge on the Hoi An food scene, Duc will take you on a foodie adventure, starting at Hoi An’s colourful market to meet the vendors who supply him daily with some of the finest and freshest ingredients in Vietnam, before a cooking demonstration at his boutique restaurant followed by a wonderful meal at the end.
Private transfer to Danang airport
Flight from Danang to Ho Chi Minh
Private transfer to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh
Accommodation in Ho Chi Minh
- 168 rooms and suites
- Two restaurants
- Rooftop bar and infinity pool
A stylish new addition to Ho Chi Minh’s luxury hotel scene, the Hotel Des Arts Saigon is well located a little outside District 1 and within walking distance of the city’s best attractions and buzzing nightlife. Hotel Des Arts is as much an art museum as it is a top-end boutique hotel and guests can peruse the owner’s personal collection of paintings and antiques that adorn the walls and hallways. 168 rooms and suites all feature chic details, crisp white linen, elegant bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling windows and spectacular city views, but the real gem is the Social Club up on the roof – a buzzy bar and trendy restaurant by the city’s highest infinity pool – exclusive to hotel guests. Sit back and relax at the sophisticated Cafe des Beaux Arts which evokes plenty of old-world charm and enjoy afternoon tea and cocktails, pluck a book from the shelves, or simply enjoy the live music as the resident pianist tickles the ivories. Vietnamese and Western dishes are prepared in the open kitchen at the Saigon Kitchen Restaurant, where one wall is covered in French Provencal tiles and the others in works of art that represent the harmonious blend of cultures in Vietnam. There is also a modern gym and sumptuous spa with hammam, Jacuzzi and a solarium for some relaxation after a day exploring the city.
- 245 rooms and suites
- Swimming pool
- Two restaurants
- Bar and lounge
- 24-hour butler service
With its French, colonial style and wonderful location overlooking the Saigon Opera House, the Park Hyatt is one of the city’s most iconic and elegant hotels. Its 245 rooms and suites are sophisticated in design with plenty of handcrafted details such as custom designed rugs, fine linens and huge windows with white wooden shutters that fill the space with natural light. Many rooms come with private terraces that look out over the lush gardens and outdoor pool and they all feature mini iPads and Nespresso coffee machines for added comfort. Square One offers authentic Vietnamese cuisine which you can see being cooking in the integrated show kitchens. On balmy evenings, guests can choose to dine on the terrace surrounded by twinkling lights. Opera is a more casual trattoria-style restaurant serving a range of mouthwatering pasta dishes and pizza fresh from the wood-fired oven. There is a also a pastry boutique offering delicious home-made delicacies and a bar and lounge serving some of the best cocktails in Ho Chi Minh. With some of the city’s landmark sights such as the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica and the Reunification Palace just a short stroll away, you’re ideally situated to explore this buzzing capital. Alternatively, relaxing and unwinding has never been easier with a fantastic pool and tranquil spa offering treatments inspired by the herbs, grains and fruits of the Mekong Delta.
- 62 rooms and 224 suites
- Four restaurants and one bar
- Luxury spa, swimming pool and fitness centre
Step into complete decadence at this soaring hotel where luxury becomes an art form. The Reverie Saigon commands the top floors of the multi-purpose Times Square Building in the heart of the central business district, with sweeping views of Ho Chi Minh wherever you look. Crafted to absolute indulgence by Italian interior designers, the style here is more Venetian than Vietnamese. Opulence drips from every corner, from the gilt mirrors and velvet curtains of the rooms and the elaborate chandeliers in the fine dining restaurants, to the heli-pad and fleet of Rolls Royces awaiting your arrival. Sophisticated but fun is what guests can expect from this very unique hotel, with design touches and an attention to detail that cannot fail to impress. The Royal Pavilion with its jade, vermilion and gold colour scheme is an elegant restaurant serving mouthwatering Cantonese cuisine. R&J, named after Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, features wall-to-wall mosaics and offers a tempting array of Italian dishes. Heading up the kitchen in The Long Bar is a pizza chef from Napoli who works to family recipes passed down through the generations. There is also a gelato bar offering over 30 flavours including Asian specialties such as soursop, purple sticky rice and salted caramel cashew. When you’re not out exploring the city, relax and unwind at The Reverie’s spa, spread over two floors and featuring treatment rooms, a 24-hour fitness centre and outdoor pool.
Enjoy Ho Chi Minh, with its pretty streets, buzzing atmosphere and rich history. We can arrange private guides and specialist excursions, restaurant recommendations and suggest the best places to go to simply watch the world go by.
It’s an early start today as you rise with the local Saigonese to see how they begin their day. Zig zag through the streets to reach the city’s largest flower market, Ho Thi Ky. It’s a hive of activity as people buy and sell colourful roses, lotuses, lilies and orchids. You’ll also head to Tao Dan Park where people come to practice the graceful movements of Tai Chi – you are welcome to join in, should you wish. After a break for coffee, at the café where the Saigon Bird Lovers’ Club meets each morning, you’ll wind your way to a family run noodle shop to enjoy a fresh, steaming bowl of pho for breakfast.
Discover the hustle and bustle plus the tasty street food of the city of Saigon on this fun Vespa tour. Your driver will collect you from your hotel and take you on a vintage scooter ride through the densely filled streets which brim with motorbikes, cars, taxis and buses. Stop at the city's finest authentic street food for some dinner and drinks, including District 4 where you can savour several snail dishes, a popular Saigon dish, and District 3 to taste a southern Vietnamese specialty – Banh Xeo (rice pancake with pork and prawns). Then, round your tour off with a visit to a local Vietnamese style coffee shop to enjoy a local coffee.
From Saigon, drive two hours south to the Mekong Delta passing verdant rice paddies and fruit farms emerging by the highway. When you arrive in Cai Lay, you will board a charming wooden boat to enjoy countryside scenery and river life. Then stretch your legs and hop on a bicycle for a short ride of about seven kilometres (over easy, level terrain) along narrow village lanes past fruit orchards, local cottage industries and locals saying hello or “xin chao”. You will arrive at the home of a tropical fruit farmer and walk around his orchard before tasting fresh fruits. Then relax as you take in the views from a small sampan boat as you are paddled slowly along tropical canals. Later, walk through this Mekong village to a local home and dine on a home-hosted lunch of Mekong Delta specialties. After lunch, a short walk takes you back to the car and your return journey to Saigon.
Private transfer to Ho Chi Minh airport
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap
Private transfer to your hotel in Siem Reap
Siem Reap and Angkor Wat
Accommodation in Siem Reap and Angkor Wat
- 39 rooms
- Outdoor pool
- Two bars
Set within the charming French Quarter of Siem Reap, in close distance to the Old Market area, Shinta Mani Angkor promises a tranquil escape of complete sophistication. This elegant establishment, with a strong focus on responsible tourism, also allows guests to contribute to the local community through the Shinta Mani Foundation – a percentage of your daily room rate goes towards funding an array of instrumental projects. With just 39 guestrooms, carefully curated by Bangkok-based designer, Bill Bensley, you’re guaranteed warm, personalised service of the highest quality. Inspired by Khmer culture, the polished guestrooms feature inlaid ceiling artwork, and black and white colour schemes are enhanced by orange elements. Centred around an outdoor pool, encircled by cabanas and a tropical garden, Shinta Mani Angkor provides a most serene base from which to explore the temples of Angkor Wat. After a day of sightseeing, guests can reflect in the incredibly serene spa while indulging in a therapeutic treatment, or the coolness of the library or art gallery. Spirits can also be replenished at the on-site restaurant, Kroya, serving local and international dishes. Further refreshment can be enjoyed at the poolside bar, with a menu of tempting cocktails, or the refined Bensley’s Bar, overlooking a courtyard.
- 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 the city, Angkor Wat and the Khmer temples in the region.
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 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.
Enjoy sunset drinks at Angkor Thom whilst sailing on the complex's vast moat.
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.
Explore Siem Reap's rural landscape beyond its temples, which has changed little since the days of Jayavarman VII. After a short drive from Siem Reap, visit a colourful contemporary pagoda to understand more of the importance of Buddhism in these rural communities and seek a blessing from the monks. Buy seasonal fruits straight from the tree, speak to families who have been baking sticky rice in bamboo for over 30 years and gain hands-on experience of the essential rural skills of the rice harvest, thatching, fishing, or even making a simple meal over an open fire.
Then, take an ox-cart ride through typical villages followed by an easy 20-minute walk to bring you to the vast Western Baray. An impressive engineering feat, this man-made reservoir was once integral to the complex Angkorian rice irrigation system which you will voyage by boat (depending on water level). This will be both an education and an adventure from a slower, more romantic era of travel. Then reach the villa, surrounded by rice paddies, across a stream to the north of a village where tourists are rarely seen and the greetings for visitors are warm and generous. This is a wonderful spot to relax in the quiet of the countryside and enjoy sunset drinks. While the chef prepares your dinner, wander across the levees of the rice paddies, look for fish traps, or walk a short distance to a viewpoint over the ancient reservoir, whilst listening to the elegance of traditional Khmer music played by local musicians, before enjoying your evening meal.
Private transfer to Siem Reap airport
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