Cambodia: Kingdom of Wander

Cambodia is a small country, but it offers everything. It is rapidly becoming a popular destination for tourists. Cambodia has something for everyone – from ancient temples and beautiful beaches to modern, vibrant cities and a few unexpected highlights. 

Any time of the year is a good time to travel in Cambodia, with each season having its advantages. The climate in Cambodia is generally hot and humid all throughout the year. Temperatures stay in the low- to mid-30s (Celsius) most of the year, dropping slightly at night. There are officially two seasons in Cambodia – wet and dry. In November–May you can expect dry conditions, while June–October will have the wettest conditions. 

Let me introduce you to three properties that embody the grace and beauty of Cambodian artistry. They are set in various locations throughout the town of Siem Reap, yet all are within easy reach of the UNESCO World Heritage temples of Angkor. 


Blending seamlessly into its mystical environment, Amansara is set in the former guesthouse of King Sihanouk – it was originally a guesthouse for dignitaries visiting the region’s ancient ruins and temples. Today’s guests visit those same spectacular sites, including spiritual Angkor Wat, through off-the-beaten-path excursions via custom-made remork (moped-powered trishaw). Here, 24 Indo-Chinese-style suites offer private courtyards, and half of them boast private swimming pools. The Spa is a haven of tranquility with its therapeutic Cambodian rituals, offered in four dark-wood treatment rooms.

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

A luxury hotel in Siem Reap boasting Khmer and art deco architecture, the hotel features 104 stylish rooms and suites. With a prime location in the heart of the city, the property is an urban oasis of lush greenery, Cambodian art, and exquisite experiences. The location is near the airport, the UNESCO World Heritage site Angkor Wat, and the bustling nightlife on Pub Street. Guests can enjoy sumptuous French and Cambodian cuisine in The Dining Room, cocktails in The Living Room, and light bites and pastries at The Glasshouse deli-patisserie. The hotel has two refreshing swimming pools, a therapeutic spa, and a 24-hour fitness center.

Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor

Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor reopens its doors after a renovation that has restored the grandeur and elegance of Siem Reap’s grande dame. The 119 rooms, suites, and villas, as well as dining outlets and grounds, have been refurbished with modern conveniences and elegant art deco furnishings, evoking the Raffles essence of being ahead of the times while paying homage to its rich history and culture. Next to state-of-the-art amenities and technology, elements of the hotel’s glory days – heavy brass keys, clawfoot ceramic bathtubs, and the original, fully functioning timber-cage elevator – are still a part of the hotel’s daily operations.

All these properties are Virtuoso so Salt and Sky Travel Designs clients will receive VIP perks. 

If you’d like to see more of Cambodia and perhaps Vietnam, consider a cruise. There are also some really great small group tours available. 

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