Destination Guide

Siem Reap

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Siem Reap, in the northwestern part of Cambodia, is mostly known for its Angkor Archaeological Park. In this one location, 150 square miles in size, are hundreds of monuments and, most famously, dozens of fortress-like temple compounds from 800 to 1400 AD.


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Zannier Hotels Phum Baitang

Elegant in its simplicity, Zannier Hotels Phum Baitang is a highly luxurious oasis just outside of Siem Reap’s chaotic city center.

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Our review of Amansara, a 24-suite hotel with a low-slung main building that makes for an ideal escape in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Outside Sitting at Sala Lodges, Siem Reap, Cambodia - Courtesy Regis Binard

Sala Lodges

In a sea of fabulous hotels in Siem Reap, the Sala Lodges is the most authentic and charming property. The French and Swiss owners have lovingly cultivated a plot of land about 15 minutes outside of town, then spent two years finding, transporting and restoring eleven Khmer houses, built from 1956 to the 1980’s, which now serve as villas with just the perfect amount of added amenities such a rain shower and king beds. The service feels akin to staying in a small village where everyone knows your name the moment you check in – the smiles and interest in you are genuine.

The small village luxuriates in simple pleasures such as organic, locally grown food (the bread and yogurt is made on property), amazing service and a lovely infinity pool. The outdoor restaurant features a mixture of Khmer specialties and western comfort food – the Khmer chef prepares breakfast made to order along with homemade breads and yoghurts. Local cell phone calls are complimentary — travelers can use these to arrange a private Sala Lodges tuk-tuk to go to and from town.

When staying here, a favorite moment for our staff was in the morning rising early for a dawn viewing of Angkor Wat. Being awoken by the sounds of the Cambodian countryside is a true pleasure, sitting on your terrace sipping a coffee, listening to the lowing of a cow and crowing of the roosters as they awake the countryside for another day — a perfect moment of tranquility before the chaos of one of the world's most popular sites .

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