CAMBODIA

Heaven on Earth

Some say that the most memorable part of the trip to Cambodia would be the infectious smile of the local residents… Blessed with various temples and heritage sites, its beautifully underdeveloped coastlines provide for an authentic-untouched experience for city slickers looking for that real authentic feel. Stay tuned for our top site picks when visiting the incredibly cultural Cambodia!

Monks in Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is quite literally, heaven on earth. Built by Suryavarman as a representation of Mt Meru (a.k.a. Mt Olympus’ version of the ancient gods’ abode) in the 12th century, Angkor Wat represents the perfect fusion of creative ambition and spiritual devotion. 

Believed to be the world’s largest religious building, it is definitely the mother of all temples. Stretching along 800m-long, this dedication to the Hindu God named Vishnu is built with stone carvings of nymphs, and mythical serpent Naga.

Angkor Wat Aerial View
Gate of Angkor Thom

The epitome of the creative genius and inflated ego of Cambodia’s most celebrated king, the Angkor Thom is a mesmerizing temple consisting of 54 gothic towers decorated with over 200 gargantuan smiling faces of the Avalokiteshvara, as if looking upon the visitors passing by the walls made of stone.

But what is the exact function or symbolism at the Bayon, the temple of Jayavarman VII? It’s still a mystery.

The grassy playing areas that once saw children kicking around balls during their school breaks was taken by Pol Pot’s security forces in 1975, turning it into the largest centre of detention and torture in Cambodia. As a testament to the crimes of Khmer Rouge, the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocidal Crimes sets out a profoundly depressing experience for visitors. A demonstration of the darkest side the human spirit can show, it is definitely not for the squeamish.

To unwind from the hustle of Siem Reapand Phnom Penh, look up Sihanoukville – Cambodia’s premier beach town! White sandy beaches and warm waters, combined with a laid back atmosphere provides a great little tropical getaway from the busy city streets.

Constructed in the late 1950s, it caters to beachgoers who enjoy the 5-star resorts standing in Sokha Beach, and appreciate the fresh seafood served in its wide range of multicultural restaurants.

Sihanoukville
Duck Sour Soup

But if you happen to be exploring Siem Reap, definitely have a taste of the degustation menus served at the Cuisine Wat Damnak. 

Listed as one of the world’s best 50 restaurants, the ingredients served are difficult to find – but they go to the extra mile to hunt them out! Lead by one of the country’s finest chefs Joannes Riviere coupled with the traditional Khmer house and garden, it’ll be a divine meal for all.

Salad Dish
Carpaccio,and Crab Fried Rice at Malis

Smiling and ready to lend his skillful hand, Cambodia’s very own master chef Luu Meng guards his restaurant’s reputation, Malis, as the crème de la crème of Cambodian food in Phnom Penh, if not the whole country. Winning glittery culinary prizes, the food served here is one of the finest you’ll have. By using a subtle blend of spices and natural herbs to prepare many of the seafood dishes, you’ll feel like you have transcended to heaven meeting Buddha himself…

Formerly a guest villa for the king of Cambodia, the Amansara is a boutique resort that’s stylish and tranquil, located close to the famous temples of Angkor Wat. A luxurious accommodation for those seeking to visit in style, choose from 12 spacious and comfortable suites built with stone floors and dark wood, showing off its stylish minimalist style. That tropic heat? No worries; jump into the pool for a refreshing dip, or lounge under the tall shaded trees…

Amansara

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