This 6-day luxury tour offers travelers a well-rounded journey from the capital Phnom Penh to the temples of Siem Reap. On the way, you’ll visit Battambang, a former trading post for Thai, Khmer and French traders, with an interesting architectural legacy of French colonial mansions and elaborate Buddhist temples.
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Your journey begins in Phnom Penh, where you’ll see the indelible Khmer Rouge memorial sites Tuol Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields. Today, you’ll also travel to the picturesque old capital of Phnom Udong, its beautifully-adorned temples nestled in greenery. In the evening, take a relaxing stroll along the Tonle Sap River to really get a feel for life in Phnom Penh. This city has a great selection of luxury hotels on offer - we recommend Raffles Hotel le Royal.
Today you’ll spend time getting to know your host city. Browse a comprehensive collection of Khmer art at the National Museum of Cambodia, see the Royal Palace, get active with the Cambodian Living Arts organization’s dance classes and enjoy sundowners and cerebral chatter at the Foreign Correspondents Club. In the evening, return to your luxury Phnom Penh hotel.
The rural city of Battambang is a former trading hub for French, Thai and Khmer traders. Established in the 11th century, it’s replete with ancient temples, ruins and Khmer artifacts, as well as colonial French houses and, uniquely, statues of mythical beasts. In Battambang, you’ll have the chance to attend a Khmer boxing match (the origin of Muay Thai), visit centuries-old temples and enjoy the green countryside and fresh air aboard the “bamboo train”. Tonight, sleep in a four-poster bed in the charming 1930s French Colonial guesthouse, La Villa.
People come from around the world to visit the Angkor temple complex and on this luxury tour you have your own guide - a local archaeologist - to take you through the chambers of Angkor Thom and Bayon Temple. After exploring these architectural marvels, you can haggle with the locals at the old markets before checking into your luxury Siem Reap hotel. Amansara, Raffles, and the Park Hyatt are all great choices.
In the cool morning air, you’ll visit the 10th-century Banteay Srei temple, built to worship the Hindu God, Shiva. After that, visit an orphanage and be uplifted by the humanitarian work of NGOs. Today you’ll also get the chance to shop for a memento with a bespoke shopping trip at Artisans d’Angkor, a collective of skilled local artisans offering Khmer fine arts and crafts. In the evening, enjoy a sumptuous dinner at your five-star hotel, or see what local delicacies the streets of Siem Reap have to offer.
Finish your Cambodian journey with an unforgettable experience - watching the sun rise over Angkor Wat. After exploring this immense temple, buckle up for a thrilling helicopter tour offering a bird’s-eye view of the complex. For dinner on this final night, a special treat - a private meal at Angkor Athvea, a 12th-century Hindu temple just outside Siem Reap.
Raffles Hotel Le Royal is one of Phnom Penh's premier historic properties. First established in 1929, the hotel hosted an international clientele comprising globetrotters and adventurers, writers and journalists, royalty and dignitaries. Reopened in 1997 after a careful restoration, the grand historic hotel fulfills all the requirements of a modern world-class hotel with its facilities and amenities, but imparts an old-world charm through its style and decor. Raffles Hotel Le Royal has 170 guest rooms, suites and executive apartments, which are spread over three separate but interconnecting low-rise wings, set around the garden courtyard and swimming pools. There are five distinctive restaurants and bars, encompassing traditional French and Khmer cuisine at Restaurant Le Royal, Café Monivong and Le Phnom Deli, and the Elephant Bar, the home of the Airavata, a cocktail of secret ingredients. Located in the heart of Phnom Penh, Raffles Hotel Le Royal is only a 20 minutes’ drive from Pochentong International Airport and within easy access of the city’s attractions such as the Royal Palace, Central Market, Russian Market and the National Artefacts Museum.
Set in an historic 1930s French colonial villa that has previously played host to both the Khmer Rouge and the Vietnamese army, La Villa is beautifully located on the riverbank in the centre of Battambang. Decorated with antique art deco furniture and photographs of the colonial era, La Villa is a real slice of history and offers seven charming guest rooms as well as a pool, bar and restaurant.
Located approximately five miles from the famed Angkor Wat, Amansara is sleek, stylish and superbly private. Formerly the guest villa of King Norodom Sihanouk, the grounds were originally laid out in 1962 and designed to embrace both modern design and the rich artistic legacy of Cambodia. This tranquil oasis is surrounded by beautiful gardens and includes a curved slate swimming pool. The 24 suites are decorated in a classic Indochinese palette of cool gray, pristine white, dark timber and ivory, and all include a private courtyard and soothing water features; 12 suites are equipped with private swimming pools. The Roof Garden, shaded by trees, is the ideal venue for relaxing by candlelight with cocktails, or for invigorating morning yoga sessions. The Spa, which has four treatment rooms, focuses on therapeutic Cambodian techniques using organic products. Every suite has access to its own remork and driver. On the 2007 Zagat Survey list of the world’s best hotels, Amansara was ranked number two for service.
The Park Hyatt is a new addition to Cambodia’s select five-star hotel crowd. The hotel was previously Hotel De La Paix, one of the country’s top properties, and has been rebranded after a complete renovation. This new and exciting hotel is situated in one of Asia’s major emerging cultural destinations, providing ultimate indulgence and impeccable service. Designed by award-winning Bangkok-based interior designer Bill Bensley, Park Hyatt won Cambodia’s No. 1 hotel spot in Travel + Leisure and ranked No. 29 in its World’s Best Hotels 2010 list. Park Hyatt Siem Reap features 107 guestrooms, a choice of restaurants, a bar, fresh bakery, two swimming pools, a spa and fitness center.
A grand, historic hotel, Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor opened its doors in the early 1930s. It is located on the main road to Angkor Wat and was planned so that it aligns on a north-south axis with Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. Now sensitively restored, the hotel’s classic style coupled with its renewed modernity complement the grandeur of Angkor Wat. The hotel has 131 guest rooms and suites, each tastefully appointed with Art Deco-styled furnishings and Cambodian objets d’art. Guest services include the Raffles Amrita Spa, a fitness center, and a host of classes in the Raffles Amrita Pavilion, from Khmer dancing to Tai Chi. Elegant dining options range from the formal Restaurant Le Grand, to the Café d’Angkor, to the wide selection of cocktails at the famed Elephant Bar.