Thousands of visitors each year visit Angkor, the Khmer temple complex in Cambodia. Angkor has remained to be one of the biggest draws of South-East Asia for years. The magnificent temples built out of intricately carved stone walls fascinate tourists from all over the globe.
The guide to Angkor Wat will give you all the relevant information one would need before planning their trip.
When To Go?
The peak season at Angkor Wat is November to March when the weather is cool and dry. The months of June to October are hot and potentially wet, thus a quieter time at this town. April is extremely hot and should be avoided.
How To Get There?
There are numerous flight options that can be considered when planning a trip to Siem Reap. Cathay Pacific & Malaysian Airlines of One World airline alliance, Air India, Jet Airways and Thai Airways fly from Mumbai/Delhi to Siem Reap with a halt at Bangkok/Kuala Lumpur. The approximate cost for a return trip is Rs. 37,000.
Where To Stay?
Tresor d’Angkor Suite – This all suite resort ranks among the top 10 hotels in Siem Reap. This hidden treasure of Angkor consists of nine gorgeous villas and 18 spacious rooms. The accommodation takes its inspiration from the traditional Khmer culture. The large freshwater pool at Tresor d’Angkor is a great place to unwind after a hectic day of sightseeing. This hotel promises a truly memorable stay to all its guests. Another fabulous villas is Crystal Springs Barbados, there are a multitude of living spaces, three al fresco dining areas, guest rooms, each featuring an en-suite bathroom, and luxurious amenities, making Crystal Springs an ideal villa for large groups or families looking for an intimate holiday retreat.
Cost: Rs. 3700/- per couple per night
What To See?
Angkor Wat – Angkor Wat is the primary temple of this town and holds a great religious significance. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the largest religious monument in the World. This temple is a symbolic representation of Mount Meru, the mythical Hindu home of the Gods. This glorious temple offers splendid views of the sunrise and sunset and is the most popular tourist spot of the town.
The Bayon – The establishment of this richly decorated temple of Angkor dates back to the late 12th century. This well-known temple was considered to be the official state temple of the Mahayana Buddhist King, Jayavarman VII. Post the death of Jayavarman, Theravada and Hindu Buddhist Kings modified the temple to match their religious preferences. The giant smiling faces carved out of stone are truly the highlight of this temple.
Ta Prohm – Ta Prohm is the modern name for the Rajavihara temple at Angkor built in the late 12th century. The Khmer King, Jayavarman VII established this temple as a Mahayana Buddhist Monastery and university. UNESCO recognized Ta Prohm as a World Heritage Site in the year 1992 and is still in the same condition in which it was found. The trees growing out of the ruins and jungles are a photogenic spot and attract a large number of visitors.
Where To Eat And Drink?
FCC Angkor – The FCC Angkor serves delicious international cuisines and is a great restaurant to visit for lunch and dinners both. The highlight of this high ceiling restaurant is the one of a kind view of the overflowing river next to it.
Le Grand Cafe – The Le Grand Cafe is a great place to relax in between your sightseeing tours when the fatigue builds up. The café takes inspiration from the colonial styling and has remained a favorite among locals for long years. The premium cocktails and coffees are the best you can find in this town.
Miss Wong – Miss Wong is a stylish and intimate cocktail bar located in the Pub Street in the centre of the town. The narrow alleyway leading you to this tiny bar will give you a feel of the Shanghai in the thirties.
Planning beforehand for a trip is always advisable. Make reservations at hotels in advance to avoid disappointment later. Make sure you comply with the time restrictions and other rules and regulations framed by the temples. The guide will help you with the planning process. Have a fun trip!