Cambodia is becoming a popular travel destination, not just for backpackers but for luxury travel too. Even though it’s a country that is fairly new to tourism, there are so many wonderful things to discover within Cambodia.
Emma from Luxurybackpacking uncovers the emerging luxury side of Cambodia.
For anyone visiting Cambodia, the highlight will most likely be the temples of Angkor, and for good reason. Most travellers hire a tuk-tuk for the duration of their time at Angkor Wat, however there are various companies that offer guided tours throughout the temple grounds in a more comfortable environment.
Tip: If you go in the morning, ask your driver to visit the temples in an anti-clockwise direction. That way, you’ll be able to escape the largest groups of tourists.
Siem Reap is the perfect base for exploring these majestic temples. The city has a picturesque river flowing right through its heart, and like most touristy places has a lot to offer day and night.
WHERE TO STAY:
Located in the French quarter of Siem Reap, this resort is only a 10-minute tuk-tuk ride from Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples. It’s also perfectly located within the city, granting easy access to all the main attractions, whilst guests relax in exclusivity. With only 24 suites surrounded in lush tropical gardens it offers the ultimate in luxury, tranquillity and privacy.
The Anantara Angkor Wat Resort & Spa
Superbly located just 10 km from the iconic Angkor Wat., the resort is designed in a classic Khmer style, with only 39 villas dotted around the lush tropical gardens. The larger villas come with their own private gardens and a spa area with a whirlpool hot tub.
Phnom Penh is a metropolitan city on the rise, and now is the perfect time to experience the capital’s chaotic charm in style and luxury.
There is no shortage of world-class restaurants, luxurious hotels, and huge shopping malls full of popular international brands.
As Phnom Penh lies on the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers, it’s the perfect place to take a sunset river cruise. It’s a great way to see the city from a different perspective and witness the bustling city at its best.
WHERE TO STAY:
Raffles Hotel Le Royal
The premier hotel in Phnom Penh, Raffles is a rare combination of history and style. The grand historic hotel fulfils all the requirements of a modern world-class hotel with fabulous facilities and amenities, and boasts an old-world charm through its style and decor, which is elegant yet comfortable, classic yet casual.
Located just 3kms from the 19th-century Royal Palace and 4kms from the Central Market you’re within a short distance of all the major sites. With a wide range of facilities including five restaurants with a range of cuisines, four bars, two outdoor pools and fitness facilities. Other offerings include sports courts, a sauna, a children’s club and a business centre.
Cambodia is not necessarily known for pristine beaches, but on Koh Rong and neighbouring Koh Rong Samloem you’ll find exactly that. The beaches here truly are hidden gems.
While the two islands don’t offer much in terms of luxury accommodation, their neighbouring private island of Song Saa has one of the best hotels in the country.
These islands are a great place to unwind, relax and pamper yourself after a busy trip to both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
WHERE TO STAY:
Song Saa is a remote private island resort off the coast of Cambodia by the island of Koh Rong. Song Saa Private Island offers ultra-luxurious villas built into the jungle and perched on stilts over the sea. With fabulous food, a soporific spa, and a ravishingly relaxing vibe, as well as being an eco-luxe escape being green-minded has never been so glamorous.
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