Travel to Asia this summer to explore Angkor Wat, then fly directly to Vietnam for beachy bliss and culture abound.
We’ve been advocating for a while travelling to Angkor Wat over summer months. The moat around the main temple complex fills up, offering even more impressive and mesmerising reflections. Crowds are noticeably thinner, so you’re more likely to have some time alone to explore the carved stone temples.
The jungle springs into life, entwining with the temples, giving it a truly undiscovered and atmospheric feel.
Temperatures will still be hot so your guide will recommend early starts to catch sunrise.
You’ll be taken via the lesser-known back route to the quieter east entrance to see the ancient site infuse with morning light. On another day, you might see sunrise at Ta Prohm and exploring its famous, tree-root wrapped temples in relative seclusion. From here, a 15-minute forest walk to little-visited temple Ta Nei makes a perfect setting for a picnic breakfast. In the afternoon, you could visit the Tonle Sap lake which will be brimming with water, ideal for gliding around the floating villages by boat.
Becoming ‘templed-out’ is a real phenomenon so we recommend a beach break afterwards. On the central coast of Vietnam it is dry season and you can fly to direct from Siem Reap to Danang. Here you’ll find the Four Seasons Nam Hai waiting for you on a pristine stretch of beach on the South China Sea. As you would expect from Four Seasons service is at a very high standard but what sets this hotel apart is the opportunity for nearby cultural explorations.
You’re just a stone’s throw from Hoi An, a beautifully preserved ancient riverside town.
Sample the towns noodle specialities or enjoy a street side DIY BBQ before discovering its differing styles of architecture from China, France and Japan. A little further afield is the My Son Sanctuary, a sprawling Hindu temple complex. You can descend into the dense jungle valley and wander the ruins dating back to the 4th century, juxtaposed with bomb craters from the Vietnam War. Lastly, the Imperial City of Hue is a treasure trove of sights. Climb the steps to the three-tiered Citadel fortress, or head underground to explore 30 acres of caverns and vaults in the city’s tomb complex.