Amansara, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Built in 1962 as the royal guesthouse of King Sihanouk, Amansara has been witness to an interesting and colorful past. With only 24 suites, 12 of which have private pools, the hotel offers unparalleled attention to detail and personalized service. The Amansara benefits from an excellent central location, but once inside its gates, guests are ensured peaceful seclusion away from the hustle and bustle of Siem Reap.
The hotel itself boasts a beautiful gallery with Khmer art and artifacts, it also has its own fleet of 'remorks' (moped-powered trishaws) each with its own Amansara driver and guide for exploring Angkor and its surrounds. The stylish, irregular shaped swimming pool is a central feature and the rooftop terrace offers early morning yoga. There is also an additional 25 meter pool for lap swimming and a beautiful spa. Located near the main swimming pool, the circular Dining Room with its soaring seven meter ceiling and shaded terrace is the focal point of the property and the menu offers both traditional Khmer and Western cuisines and features the freshest of seasonal produce.
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Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Believed to be the world's largest religious building, this temple is the perfect fusion of symbolism and symmetry and a source of pride and strength to all Khmers. Watching the sun set, sat on one of the temples ancient walls is a magical experience.
This excursion is not only a great birdwatching opportunity but also offers a fascinating insight into life on the lake. The village of Prek Toal is one of the largest floating villages on the lake.
Join a Cambodian chef and go shopping at the local market for fresh locally-grown ingredients. You explore several classic Khmer dishes and enjoy tasting the end result at a traditional Khmer style luncheon. The class takes three to four hours.
Travel southeast to one of the largest and least-visited villages on the Tonle Sap Lake, Kompong Khleang, about 55km from Siem Reap. It has a population of about 10,000 people, all of whom make a living from the fishing industry.
For those with a keen interest in photography and wanting to get the best of their time at the temples in Cambodia, this trip has been designed to help you do just that. All levels of skill are welcome.
Follow your guide into the countryside immediately surrounding Siem Reap for an insight into a different side of Cambodia seeing how local people live and taking in the rural scenery.