Amansara | exploring the temples of Siem Reap

statues on the Angkor Thom bridge (c) 2017 by David Ourisman, all rights reserved

Amanresorts prides itself on special connections to the history and community of their settings. I want to devote a series of blog articles to several iconic Aman properties. Amanjunkies already know about Aman's elegant and spacious guest rooms and incredibly personalized service. Perhaps these articles will tempt you to try Aman!

Amansara in Siem Reap, Cambodia was originally the guest house of King Sihanouk of Cambodia where his royal guests stayed. Aman has turned it into a resort with just 24 suites and pool suites. The guest experience includes daily temples tours and cultural walks with English speaking guides. Here are the highlights of the area...

Angkor Wat is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. A large temple complex constructed in the 12th century, its stone walls are adorned with carvings.  The scale of the temple complex is immense, its outer wall being 2.2 miles in length. Come in the early morning to avoid the crowds and the heat of the day.

Angkor Thom is equally fascinating. A fortified city 4 km north of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom is surrounded by a moat. The walkway over the moat is lined with the mythic statues pictured above.  This photograph was my favorite take-away from my 2007 visit to Siem Reap.  

Ta Prohm Temple, found 5 km east of Angkor Thom, is in ruins. I have vivid memories of the trees growing out of the temple ruins.

Amansara is the ultra-luxe option in Siem Reap, and the Virtuoso amenities include an upgrade to a Pool Suite if available, daily breakfast, and a 60 minute massage per room. Virtuoso guests have the choice of three other luxury options — Belmond Residence d'Angkor, Park Hyatt Siem Reap, and Raffles Le Royal, each with exclusive Virtuoso amenities.

copyright (c) 2017 by Ourisman Travel LLC. All rights reserved. We provide Virtuoso and other Preferred Partner amenities as an affiliate of Brownell, a Virtuoso® Member. If you have comments on this column, or questions about booking travel, email me or visit my website.

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