The quaint Cambodian town of Siem Reap is your gateway to the magnificent Angkor Archaeological Park UNESCO World Heritage Site of ancient Khmer Empire ruins; most notably the exquisite Eighth Wonder of the World, Angkor Wat. Just moments from this iconic temple, Anantara Angkor Resort is a boutique retreat that resembles a grand Khmer villa, with exquisite rooms and suites overlooking a beautiful courtyard and pool inspired by ancient royalty.
Step behind the tourist scenes and delve into Cambodia’s cultural treasures. Investigate vibrant markets on a private tour with our Streetwise Guru. Discover the age old local life and French colonial influences of Siem Reap and the legends of Angkor Wat from knowledgeable local guides, or savour a relaxing picnic in Angkor Thom’s historic grounds. Alternatively gain a rich taste of our captivating destination with signature Khmer spa, dining and cooking class journeys in the luxurious surrounds of our resort.
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Traditional Khmer Cooking Class:
Sign up for an engaging culinary journey of indigenous flavours at Spice Spoons Cooking School. Visit a local market with your master chef instructor to hand select exotic ingredients. Choose from a collection of traditional Khmer cuisine set menus, or create your own menu by selecting from a range of individual recipes. Opt to have your lesson in the professional kitchen of Sothea restaurant or in the al fresco courtyard, beginning with an informative theory session about traditional cooking equipment and the special characteristics of each dish, followed by a step by step cooking class. Savour your creations at a chef hosted meal and receive a Spice Spoons shopping bag containing a certificate, chef hat, apron, chopping board picture frame with a photograph, and box of recipe cards.
Picnic Lunch at Angkor Thom:
Enjoy a choice of western and Khmer picnic style menus in the historic setting of Angkor Thom’s east gate. Relax on comfy triangular cushions set out on a rug with a table beside an ancient tower, surrounded by shady trees with cicadas serenading you. Travel in the air conditioned comfort of a hotel car, or journey local style in a remork tuk–tuk.
Local Market Tour with Streetwise Guru:
With our Streetwise Guru as your knowledgeable insider guide, visiting three of Siem Reap’s bustling market places offers a real sense of local adventure. From haggling over souvenirs and shopping for the finest silk, jewellery and pottery items, to finding the best food vendors and discovering the night market’s secret highlights, this trip can be tailored to your personal preferences. Travel by hotel car or local remork tuk-tuk for a private tour of between 1 and 3 hours.
Half Day Bicycle Tour of Siem Reap Town Centre:
Set out on a guided bicycle tour into the historic town of Siem Reap, which was transformed by the French colonial era from small villages, pagodas and rice paddies into a bustling business hub. The journey takes just 15 minutes each way, and introduces you to the charming French Quarter, riverside attractions, arts centre and vibrant local markets, with the local history of each fascinating place explained along the way.
Half or Full Day Bicycle Tour of Angkor Wat:
Travel by car to Angkor Wat’s main entrance and then cycle around the impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is regarded as the Eighth Wonder of the World due to its sheer size and exquisite Khmer design. Learn about this iconic monument’s history and legends from a well informed local guide, who will paint an illustrious picture of the days of the Khmer Empire.
Translating as “City of Temples” in Khmer, Angkor Wat was built by a Khmer king in the first half of the 12th century and took 30 years to construct. Originally dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu, later it became a Buddhist temple. The largest and best preserved of the Angkor Archaeological Park’s temples, and the world’s largest religious monument, it is regarded as the Eighth Wonder of the World due to its impressive size and distinctive artistic style.
This splendid inner royal city was built by the end of the 12th century and is renowned for its temple grounds and towering southern gate.
Having undergone minimal restoration, stone pillars and carvings intertwine with massive tree roots and jungle in this stunning temple complex.
Cambodian Cultural Village:
A pleasant five minute stroll away, the Cambodian Cultural Village comprises a museum and 11 distinctive villages, each showcasing the traditional skills, customs, games and dances of the nation’s diverse ethnic minorities.