Giants, Gate Of Angkor Thom, Cambodia

Siem Reap and Angkor

Siem Reap is slowly regenerating its 1960’s popularity and is increasingly becoming the epicentre of the newly reborn Cambodia.

The main excitement for travellers visiting Siem Reap is its close proximity to the temples of Angkor Wat, although it does have other key areas of interest from the rice-paddy countryside to the main small, quaint fishing villages.

For ornithologists, there is a bird sanctuary near the impressive Tonle Sap Lake.

Bayon Temple, Angkor, Cambodia
Siem Reap, Cambodia

About Siem Reap

Siem Reap is a charming yet exciting city, teeming with stunning landscapes, historical treasures and vibrant cultures. It is easily worthy of a few days on any Cambodian or South-East Asian holiday.

The Temples of Angkor are an influential spiritual source reflecting the bygone era of Cambodia. The UNESCO World Heritage Site was once the spiritual and political backbone of the once vast Khmer empire.


What do you really love doing? We curate your itinerary especially for you.

Beng Mealea and Monks, Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Hidden Temples by Helicopter

Fly to the peaceful and little visited jungle temples of Banteay Chhmar or Boeng Mealea, easily accessed in a day by helicopter.

Cambodia, Siem Reap, Angkor, family

Angkor Temples by Bike or Tuk Tuk

Travel by bicycle or tuk tuk to the temples at Angkor, followed by breakfast in peaceful temple grounds.

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Stone murals and sculptures in Angkor wat, Cambodia

Angkor with an Expert

Explore the vast complex of temples at Angkor with a resident archaeologist – a highlight of any holiday to Cambodia.

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Village House in a Paddy Field, Battambang, Cambodia

Paddy Field Dining

Enjoy a private dinner outside Siem Reap, amongst the paddy fields.

Close up of golden silk hanging to try.

Artisan Centre

Visit the Artisans d’Angkor Centre in Siem Reap, one of the best workshops in town with excellent quality sandstone, silver, wood and silk products.

Angkor Thom Sunset, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Private Cruise on Angkor Thom Moat

Relax on your private boat with sunset drinks and a guided view to the ancient water systems.

Sunrise at Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Temples at Sunrise

Witness sunrise at Angkor Wat followed by a picnic breakfast away from the crowds at Ta Phrom.

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aerial view of Angkor Wat Temple complex

Angkor from the Skies

Take to the skies by helicopter, microlite or hot air balloon for an aerial view of the temple complex.

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Belmond La Residence d’Angkor £££££

  • Cambodia
  • City

Featuring stunning Khmer architecture, Belmond La Residence d’Angkor is a small luxury hotel overlooking the tree-lined Siem Reap River. Each of the 59 suites has an outdoor space, either in the form of a balcony or terrace with direct access to the pool. At the heart of the hotel is the saltwater swimming pool, surrounded by lush vegetation, a cool oasis in the midst of the city. Additional facilities include a spa and choice of restaurants.

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Park Hyatt Siem Reap £££££

  • Cambodia
  • City

Park Hyatt Siem Reap combines traditional Khmer and ultra-modern styles to create a luxurious and interesting place to stay. The larger of the two pools weaves its way through a tree-lined courtyard hiding private shaded alcoves, floating dining platforms and swing seats. Of the 104 rooms and suites, all are elegant and bright, some with private courtyard or roof garden, private pool or dedicated spa area. An additional pool area, spa and choice of dining complete a stay at this stylish sanctum.

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Shinta Mani Angkor £££££

  • Cambodia
  • City

Shinta Mani Angkor is an eclectic and contemporary boutique hotel created by acclaimed architect Bill Bensley. The 39 elegant rooms are compact but extremely comfortable with simple Ankorian-inspired design using striking black and white colour schemes. Some rooms offer outdoor space in the form of either a balcony overlooking the pool, courtyard or small patio. The long, narrow pool with a waterfall feature provides a cool oasis to relax in, as well as a lovely spa and restaurant with swing seat dining.

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Phum Baitang Zannier Hotels £££££

  • Cambodia
  • Boutique

Phum Baitang, meaning ‘green village’ showcases Cambodian architecture in the form of stilted villas set within acres of paddy fields. Just 15 minutes from the temples at Angkor, this lovely resort consists of 45 Khmer style houses scattered throughout tropical gardens, with views over rural Cambodia. Each elegant villa has exposed rafters and cool interiors with a raised deck or even a private plunge pool. The 50-metre infinity pool overlooks the paddy fields and additional facilities include a spa and choice of restaurants.

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Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor £££££

  • Cambodia
  • City

Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor is a grand historic hotel which has hosted names such as Charlie Chaplin and the Clintons over the years. Sitting in 15 acres of landscaped gardens it combines old-world grandeur with excellent facilities. Spread over two wings the 119 rooms are extremely comfortable with views over either the garden or pool. Additional facilities include a huge swimming pool, spa, tennis courts and a renowned restaurant serving Khmer cuisine.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Paul Craven

Paul is the Conde Nast Traveller chosen Specialist for Central Asia and the Silk Route.

Being from a family with Army connections I can from an early age remember travelling. From camping in Europe and then later being sent to boarding school when we lived in Germany at the age of eight, complete with shorts, long socks, a cap and my suitcase. In appearance not too dissimilar to the children evacuated to the countryside during the blitz.

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Clare Higginson

It was my passion for languages that first encouraged me to leave the UK behind and grab my rucksack. Since then, it’s been a mixture of intriguing cultures, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonder of seeing animals in their natural habitat that sees me continuously extending my travel wish list.

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