Amansara, Siem Reap


Five-star modernist chic with unparalleled access to Angkor Wat.

If you’re visiting Siem Reap, we think there’s no better place to stay than Amansara. Designed in 1962 by the modernist French architect Lauren Mondet, it was essentially the guest villa for King Norodom, and has hosted everyone from Charles de Gaulle to Jackie Kennedy.

Take your pick from 24 suites, 12 with private pools and 12 without. When you wander through the manicured gardens, the jet black wood and retro terrazzo finishing evoke a more elegant time. It’s the perfect spot to unwind after a day packed with culture.

Of course, a trip to Siem Reap is all about seeing Angkor Wat. And this is where Amansara really shines. The hotel’s guides have a special relationship with the site, so you’ll be able to walk the ruins in private before the masses of tourists descend. We recommend an early start, taking a reconditioned US army jeep to the site in time for sunrise – a surreal and unforgettable experience. You’ll meet scholars and see artefacts up close with an exclusive tour of the Conservation D’Angkor Museum, too.

When you’re done, you can head back to Amansara to have your palm read by the hotel’s own inhouse fortune teller. What adventures will tomorrow bring?


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Amansara is around 20 minutes’ drive from Siem Reap Airport, and 15 minutes’ drive from the Angkor Wat complex.

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