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Ideal For: History buffs; Culture-seekers
Siem Reap is considered Cambodia’s cultural capital, bordering Angkor: the vast UNESCO-protected ruins of the once-mighty Khmer empire, which flourished between the 9th and 14th centuries. Encircled by forests and rice paddies, more than 1,000 temples are located in the archaeological park, including Angkor Wat, Bayon, Banteay Srei, and many more. Inspirato travelers will find their journey to this ancient region enhanced by their accommodations at the Amansara resort where they will find impeccably-designed suites, tranquil gardens, refreshing pools, and soothing spa treatments. The Amansara makes exploring the region simple with complimentary transportation around town and daily excursions to the surrounding historical sites led by English-speaking tour guides. Whether you are visiting one of the thousand ancient religious monuments, shopping in one of the famed night markets, or simply relaxing around the resort, you’re sure to find a visit to Siem Reap refreshing and enlightening.
The main attraction of the region is one of the wonders of the world—the sprawling temple complex of Angkor Wat. Dating back to the Khmer empire of the 12th century and spanning more than 400 acres, it is the largest religious monument in the world.
Get an incredible, rare perspective on the world-famous heritage site of Angkor with a private helicopter tour. These 20-minute flights showcase Angkor Wat, Bakheng Mountain, Phnom Krom, the Tonle Sap Floating Village and more.
A great way to immerse yourself in the culture of the region is to visit the city’s bustling night market. The night market opens every evening at sunset, with merchants offering everything from Cambodian souvenirs to original works of art.
The dry season in Siem Reap extends from November until May during which time temperatures range from 68 to 90℉ (20°C to 32°C). The southwest monsoon prevails from June till October with stronger breezes and higher humidity. Rainfall is usually limited to the afternoons and is sporadic. Light clothing is appropriate with a sweater or jacket in the evenings. Sports shoes are suitable for light touring, and hiking boots are recommended for more extensive treks. Please note: Legs, shoulders, and upper arms need to be covered when visiting places of worship.