While our stay in India has been both a pleasurable and educational experience, it is time to depart from this ancient land. We will be heading east to spend some time in Southeast Asia, commencing our trip first with a visit to Angkor in Cambodia. Angkor is home to the magnificent Angkor Wat, a temple complex built in the 12th Century. But, in order to take in all the angles of Angkor Wat, you will need a good night’s sleep and a great tour guide.
The Amansara resort is the old guesthouse of King Sihanouk of Cambodia. It was commissioned by the former king as a guesthouse for his visitors and named Villa Apsara. Since then it has been restored and named Amansara, now a resort for the richest travelers to Angkor.
The resort, designed by French Architect Laurent Mondet, have a very contemporary style intermixed with Indochinese décor. There are 12 suites, many of which have private swimming pools, and a lovely roof garden. The suites are furnished beautifully and contain state-of-the-art amenities.
Amansara offers relaxing and invigorating spa treatments for guests. These include traditional massage techniques, scrubs and many other treatments. Dining experiences at Amansara are decadent and include both traditional Cambodian foods, as well as a Western menu. The Roof Garden is a great place to dine, especially at night, due to the relaxing atmosphere of the garden and its views.
Amansara is a favorite, not only because of its luxurious suites, restaurant and spa treatments, but because of the emphasis it places on education. For guests that wish to learn more about Cambodian culture and history, Amansara organizes educational talks on subjects like dance, history, puppetry and more. These talks are given by both Cambodian scholars and informal experts.
Amansara, which is located a mere 10 miles from Angkor Wat, organizes private tours for its guests to many sites around the area. They will also organize custom tours for those looking to visit less-touristy sites. Either way, you’ll want to do a lot of walking, and for that, you’ll need a pair of very supportive shoes like the Men’s Keen Shoes or Women’s Keen Shoes .
For those adventurous enough, Amansara even offers helicopter and elephant tours of surrounding sites!