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Cambodia lies at the heart of Indochina and is bordered by Thailand in the west, Laos in the north, Vietnam in the east and the Gulf of Thailand in the south. It is a country that, despite its relatively small size and large, dominant neighbours, has managed to retain its unique Khmer identity. Its cultural traditions predate those of Thailand and, unlike Vietnam, which expresses a marked Chinese influence, Cambodia’s cultural roots draw heavily from the Indian sub-continent whence it drew much of the inspiration for its remarkable buildings, palaces and temples.
With Angkor among the world’s foremost ancient sites, the town of Siem Reap is being developed to service the growth of international tourism, with numerous accommodations at all levels, cafes, restaurants and related tourism services. Traditional food and handicrafts markets have now been joined by the hustle and bustle of tourism-related commerce, making Siem Reap a hive of activity. There are still places where Siem Reap’s verdant charm remains, especially along the banks of the Siem Reap River where the architectural richness of the town is at its best. From traditional wooden houses to colonial-style buildings and pagodas, it offers a glimpse of the Siem Reap of old. While in Siem Reap, a visit to Wat Bo is rewarded with one of the most beautiful frescoes in Cambodia, representing the Reamker or Khmer version of the Ramayana, painted in the late 19th century.
The international airport in Siem Reap receives direct daily flights from Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Seoul, Luang Prabang, Pakse, Da Nang, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Flights are also available several days a week from Beijing, Hong Kong, Kunming, Manila and Yangon. Phnom Penh offers a transfer point for domestic flights several times a day, and international access via Hangzhou, Taipei and Vientiane.
Amansara is a 15-minute drive from Siem Reap airport and complimentary transfers are offered to guests on arrival and departure.