Siem Reap

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Nestled between rice paddies and stretched along the Siem Reap River, the small provincial town of Siem Reap serves as the gateway to the ancient temple ruins of the Khmer Empire.  With a distinct colonial and Chinese style of architecture this town emanated from a cluster of old villages, but today is alive with culture, restaurants and pubs.  There is a vast array of delicious cuisine on offer in the many restaurants and don't forget to enjoy a local performance of Apsara dancing! 

Excursions are available to the surrounding paddy countryside and boat trips on the great Tonle Sap Lake to fishing villages and bird sanctuaries.   Siem Reap is the hub for the Angkor Archaeological Park, Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, which encompasses dozens of temple ruins including the legendary Angkor Wat whose archaeological significance  and visual impact sets it amongst other wonders of the world, such as the Pyramids, Machu Picchu and the Taj Mahal.

Temples of Angkor
The main attraction to Siem Reap is undoubtedly the temples of Angkor. Spread throughout a large area from the main town there are individual circuits that our guides will take you to with a flexibility to ensure you avoid the regular tourist track. The central circuit includes the centrepiece of Angkor Wat, one of the largest religious monuments in the world, often seen at sunrise or sunset, the Bayon Temple, located at the centre of the magnificent Angkor Thom compound, with the majestic character created from over 200 faces carved on the towers, the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King, and Ta Phrom temple, where the luxuriant tropical vegetation has enveloped the temple.

For those wanting to explore further afield, whilst the journey can be long, you are rewarded with less visited temples but no less impressive. Banteay Srei, the only temple not to be built by a King, is covered with some of the most beautiful deep and intricate carvings of any Angkorian temple. The Rolous Group of temples are among the earliest temples built and marked the beginning of the classic period Khmer art. Beng Mealea is similar to Angkor Wat in size but its current state is dominated by the jungle; trees have grown out of towers and vines entangle columns, making for some fantastic photographs. Koh Ker is another temple complex which represents the remnants of the capital of the Khmer Empire from 928 AD - 944 AD, away from the tourist masses the premier ruin of the complex is Prasat Thom, an imposing seven tiered pyramids. Banteay Chhmar, being brought back to its former glory through local work, is well known for its intricate carvings and long walls of bas-relief. Vast and ruinous, it is one of the few temples to feature the enigmatic Bayon-style giant faces with their mysterious smiles.


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Best time to travel

The best time to travel would be during the dry season of October to March, avoiding the monsoon season of June to September. Temperatures remain fairly constant year round.

Fly to

Phnom Penh or Siem Reap via Bangkok

flying time

12 hours and 30 minutes

time difference

GMT + 7 hours

Visas

Issued on arrival

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Luxury Small Group Journeys - Images of Indochina & Angkor Wat 2017

Nights: 12 | from £5,765pp

Images of Indochina & Angkor Wat, visiting Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An, Danang, Ho Chi Minh City, Angkor Wat And Bangkok. Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Life along the Mekong

Nights: 15 | from £7,470pp

A comprehensive tour that follows the Mekong River, taking in key landmarks and world-famous temples, but which also offers an intriguing insight into... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Luxury Small Group Journey - Cruising the Mekong: Siam, Saigon & Angkor Wat

Nights: 15 | from £5,525pp

Discover Angkor Wat with an expert local guide, cruise for seven nights on an exclusive charter along the Mekong River to experience its varied cultures,... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Indochina In-depth

Nights: 23 | from £4,980pp

A spell-binding 23-night tour of Indochina which showcases the major highlights of Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam by water, land and air. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Luxury Cambodia and Vietnam

Nights: 7 | from £5,545pp

Discover the intoxicating heritage of Cambodia and Vietnam, from the jaw-dropping temples of Angkor to the timeless riverside villages of the Mekong Delta... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Amansara

Amansara, the former guesthouse of King Sihanouk, is situated on the edge of Siem Reap just 10 minutes from the entrance to the Angkor UNESCO World Heritage... Find out more

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Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa

This luxury boutique hotel is set in beautiful grounds and offers total peace and seclusion. The beautiful Chatra restaurant features glittering lamps... Find out more

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Aqua Expeditions Mekong Cruise

Described as a 'floating five-star hotel', the Aqua Mekong was designed by British architect David Hodkinson of Noor Design and is constructed entirely... Find out more

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Belmond La Residence d'Angkor

An intimate Belmond hotel on the banks of Siem Reap's tree-lined river, La Résidence d'Angkor is built in natural woods in traditional Khmer style. Located... Find out more

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Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Previously the Hotel De La Paix, one of the Cambodia's top-rated hotels it has been refurbished adding it the iconic brand of Park Hyatt. The hotel now... Find out more

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