Contributed by feature reporter Jens Hoffmann
Located in the heart of Siem Reap, in the Old French Quarter only a few kilometers from the extraordinary Angkor Wat temple complex, Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor is the ideal place to explore the spiritual and archaeological masterwork.
Relax and revitalise beside a magnificent pool inspired by Angkorian architecture and take a stroll along the riverside to discover the vibrant local markets.
One of the great hotels of my “Grand Tour of Indochina”
Embraced by 15 acres of beautifully landscaped French gardens, this legendary meeting place combines old-world grandeur with peace and tranquillity in one of the world’s most spiritual destinations
Truly a royal receception, an elegant cage elevator adorns the lobby, gracefully carrying guests upwards as if it was 1932 all over again. Overhead, ceiling fans gently beat a rhythm and move the still air.
A couple of great hotel stories e.g. like the staff should wear different colours every day, so that the King knows which day it is.
From a cool uncluttered lobby, Art Deco black-and-white tiled halls lead you to rooms of perfect luxury.
Cheers, Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, once the home of royalty, now the King of Hotels.
We enjoyed the spectacular sunset over Tonle Sap Lake and experienced the rustic charm of the Floating Village. Its fun to discover a souvenir from Phsar Chas market and explore Angkor Thom and the other major Angkor citadels.
Angkor Archaeological Park comprises 12 main temples and scores of smaller structures, but the biggest and most important temple, the twelfth-century Angkor Wat, is the star due to its trove of art and immense size. A huge area of hundreds of acres, and a height of more than 200 meter at its tallest point). For an in-depth guide to the temple, pick up a copy of Focusing on the Angkor Temples: A visit to Angkor Wat can be overwhelming, but the key to fully appreciating it is in the details: To add “spice” to your visit of the main temple do it from the back of a stately elephant.