Siem Reap & Angkor Wat, Cambodia
At a Glance
Just 11 beautifully restored Khmer houses that have been turned into the most wonderful private stilted villas
The property is ideally located for visiting Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples
Stylish and contemporary interiors that offer a good level of comfort
The tropical grounds are incredibly serene; the whole property feels very relaxing
The range of house sizes make this property an ideal option for couples and families
There's a spoiling crisp pool, ideal after a morning tour of the nearby temples
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Cambodia is hot all year round and the best time to visit is during the dry season, which runs from November to April. It starts to get wetter in May and the wettest months are September and October. It is still possible to visit during this time as rain usually falls as short sharp storms. November is a fantastic month to visit Cambodia as it is very green after the rainy season and the lakes and rivers are full of water.
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Completely unique, Sala Lodges Siem Reap is made up of 11 authentic Khmer houses that have been lovingly restored to what are now chic and stylish private villas that sit in tropical grounds. It's ideally located for visiting the nearby Angkor temples.
Sala Lodges sits approximately one kilometre from Siem Reap and is perfectly located for visiting Angkor Wat and the surrounding ruined temples that pepper the landscape. The property feels authentic, a little bit luxurious and certainly stylish.
Each house has been completely restored; they once permeated the countryside and took years to find. Some even date back to the 1950s. The result is wonderful; the weathered houses look like they've always been there as they are also tucked into established tropical gardens and paddy fields.
Inside, the houses feel incredibly spacious, with a refined and contemporary interior. Think crisp white sheets, natural woven rugs, antique furniture and ethnic soft furnishings. The property also boasts a stylish bar and alfresco restaurant that serves Khmer classics such as fish-amok as well as western staples such as burgers and sandwiches - ideal if you are travelling with the kids. At the heart of the hotel is the most beautiful glassy pool, perfect for a dip in the heat of the afternoon.
We feel this is a fantastic option for those looking for something discrete, serene and authentic without compromising on comfort.
There are 11 houses in total, all with their own charm and history. Most are suitable for two to three guests, with House Pi and Bei and House Boun being ideal for families. House Pi and Bei is a two bedroom family house and is the largest at Sala Lodges. The first bedroom can sleep four people and the second bedroom can sleep three people, making it ideal for larger groups or families. House Boun can accommodate up to five people comfortably. All other houses sleep up to three people, vary slightly but all enjoy the authentic and chic style.
Sala Lodges Siem Reap warmly welcomes children, and can accommodate families in numerous private houses. There are no specific facilities, but there is a huge cool swimming pool and cots / extra beds can be requested.
There's a bar, a wonderful restaurant with al-fresco dining as an option, a large crisp pool, in-room massages and a library. Complimentary tuk-tuk rides through nearby villages and into town are also included.
Angkor Thom Scavenger Hunt by Bicycle
Exclusive to Scott Dunn and ideal for the whole family, this unique experience takes you through Angkor Thom on an adventurous photo scavenger hunt. You'll have 11 different clues peppered across the ancient temples. Success will be awarded at the end!
Angkor Wat & Breakfast
Marvel at the unforgettable sight of sunrise over Angkor Wat, the 12th century temple complex built by the Khmer Empire and largest religious monument in the world. After time to explore its architectural grandeur, a delicious champagne breakfast awaits.
Angkor Wat at Sunrise
Experience the majesty of Angkor Wat with a short sunrise tour, the best time to visit this ancient monument and one of Southeast Asia's most important archaeological sites.
Angkor with Mr Khin Po Thai
Spend a day with a specialist guide, Mr Khin Po Thai, one of the leading Cambodian experts on these mysterious ruins.
Artisans and Galleries of Siem Reap
With your expert guide, explore the up and coming galleries and boutiques that pepper the streets of contemporary Siem Reap.
Banteay Srei and Beng Mealea Full Day Tour
One of our favourite experiences in Siem Reap that gets you out to the Cambodian countryside to Beng Mealea, a sprawling jungle temple. Enjoy a delicious lunch before heading on to Banteay Srei temple which is made from beautiful red sand-stone.
Banteay Srei and Kbal Spean
A wonderful full-day tour that takes you out to the Cambodian countryside to Beng Mealea, a sprawling jungle temple. Enjoy a delicious lunch before heading on to Banteay Srei temple, a beautiful a mysterious red sand-stone temple.
Behind the Scenes of Angkor
Get a far more in-depth insight into Angkor with the German Apsara Conservation Project in this half-day tour, learning all about the extensive conservation work that takes place daily to restore and maintain the world's most magnificent jungle temples.
Boat Trip on Tonle Sap Lake
Home to colourful floating villages and luminous mangroves, Tonlé Sap is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and is just 45 minutes from Siem Reap. Spend time cruising the lake onboard a simple local boat, a perfect way to explore.
Breakfast at Srah Srang
After an early morning's temple exploration, take a light breakfast overlooking the ancient royal baths of Srah Srang. Fresh croissants and pastries, fresh seasonal tropical fruits, local juices, Illy Coffee and TWG Tea will be laid out.
Despite having a relatively stable economy that has emerged from a turbulent past, Cambodia remains a very poor country. This is an opportunity to see examples of charity work that aims to help some of the county's most vulnerable people.
Country Life Photography
Explore beyond the temples of Angkor and head into rural Cambodia outside of Siem Reap. Travel by tuk-tuk with self-taught photographer, Mr Kimleng, who will lead the way into luminous paddy fields and exuberant rural villages.
Countryside Life and Dining
From local villages to monk blessings and from ox-cart rides to fine dining in a paddy field, this is a truly exquisite experience that's perfect for families and couples. It's ideal for those who want to see more of Cambodia than just temples.
Explore Angkor Thom
This is one of our favourite half-day experiences from Siem Reap; with specialist guides you'll avoid the crowds and head off by foot into the jungle temples before anyone else.
Foodie Vespa Adventure
Explore the local culinary scene of Siem Reap on the back seat of an Italian Vespa in this lively and exciting evening experience.
Hidden Temple Trek
Visit some of Angkor's hidden temples on this afternoon hike through Angkor Archaeological Park. Starting at Angkor Thom follow the walls to pass through Angkor Krau. Through paddy fields you will end at Prasat Banteay Thom where sunset drinks await.
Kayaking on Tonle Sap
Enjoy Tonle Sap by kayak instead of boat to give you a more interactive and exciting view of this incredible reservoir. This experience is ideal for active families and couples!
Mystery dine around Siem Reap
Experience Siem Reap's gourmet highlights in one evening - enjoy 5 different course in 5 different locations. The dining options in Siem Reap are superb and this is a great way to experience them. You will have your own tuk-tuk driver for the evening.
Phare - The Cambodian Circus
Top of Siem Reap's to do list is the amazing and moving Phare, Cambodian Circus. Watch these talented young performers in a breathtakingly entertaining and original show. This hour-long show has a variety of performances to enjoy.
Private Temple Dinner
This extraordinary once in a life time experience grants you a private dinner in one of Angkor's ancient temples. Completely private, this experience works for couples, families or for small groups if you are celebrating a special occasion!
Quad Biking in Siem Reap
Quad bike through the countryside surrounding Siem Reap for an alternative view of Cambodia.
Remote temples by helicopter
An extraordinary day spent exploring remote and unexplored temples by helicopter and jeep. Head to Banteay, that once rivalled Angkor Wat as well as Preah Vihear, a highly disputed temple that sits near the border with Thailand.
Shadow Puppets in the rice fields
Shadow puppets are an integral part of Cambodia’s heritage; share the experience of this unique art form with the local villagers at a private performance. Afterwards enjoy a private gourmet dinner.
Siem Reap, Phnom Kulen and Banteay Srei
A 1.5 hour drive north of Siem Reap will bring you to Phnom Kulen mountain range, which provides Siem Reap with water and dominates the skyline of the flat plains surrounding it.
Specialist Photography Tour with John McDermott
Cambodia and the temples of Angkor offer some of the most rewarding photographic opportunities. Spend a half day with American fine art photographer, John McDermott, to ensure you capture the temples at their best.
Sunset Cocktails at Angkor Thom
Enjoy sunset drinks with a leisurely boat ride on the moat of Angkor Thom and view hidden elements of the ancient Khmer water systems. Relaxing with gin and tonic in hand and accompanied by the sound of bird song, this is a great way to end the day.
Taste Siem Reap - Art and Cocktails
Enjoy an evening of contemporary art galleries and buzzing bars in Siem Reap. Be whisked away in your private tuk tuk to experience some of the town's most vibrant bars and up and coming galleries, with cocktails, dim sum and dessert included.
Taste Siem Reap - For A Good Cause
Visit three of the best social enterprise restaurants in Siem Reap, travelling by private tuk tuk. Enjoy a delicious selection of food and drink, all for a good cause! This is a fun way to give back to the community and try some fantastic local cuisine .
Taste Siem Reap - Khmer Fine Dining
Spend the evening sampling mouth-watering dishes at three of Siem Reap's finest restaurants. Travel between the restaurants by private tuk tuk, and enjoy a course at each stop. This is the perfect way to try some of the best cuisine Cambodia has to offer.
Temples of the Forest
This fantastic tour is geared around avoiding the crowds, getting you to Ta Prohm, Ta Nei and Ta Keo at the quietest time of day. Ensconced in jungle, these temples are ideal for adventurous families and couples wanting an Indiana Jones experience!
Temples of the Forest by bike
Cycle through the amazing temples of Angkor, avoiding the crowds and exploring the temples at their best in the morning. A wonderful experience for active couples and energetic families.
Tonle Sap on Ella (private boat)
Experience the Tonle Sap in style! Our wonderful wooden boat, Ella, has been designed from scratch to experience the wildlife and absorb the unique floating villages on the margins of the lake.
Villa Chandara - Experiential Dining
Head to the Cambodian countryside for a gourmet private dining experience surrounded by luminous paddy fields.
Yoga at Angkor
Find balance with a yoga session amidst the peaceful and atmospheric ancient temples of Angkor. A truly magical experience and a once in a lifetime experience.
Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Mai Chau & Siem Reap
from £3700 pp inc flights & transfers for 12 nights
- Combine beautiful rural Laos with the quaint capital city of Hanoi, finishing at the iconic Angkor Wat. A fantastic and varied combination of cultures.
- This beguiling journey focuses on getting you off the beaten track, and no better place to start than in Laos, the hidden gem of Indochina’s well-trodden tourist trail. Whether you are exploring Vietnam's capital, Hanoi, or exploring temples ruins in Cambodia's jungles rest assured you’ll be one step ahead of the crowds.
- Enjoy some of Vietnam's most beautiful and quintessential rural vistas in Mai Chau and Ninh Binh in the far north of the country.
Boutique Laos and Cambodia
Luang Prabang, Champasak, Siem Reap & Kep
from £3900 pp inc flights & transfers for 12 nights
- This journey really is a perfect two-week adventure. It's both romantic and adventurous and appeals to anyone who wants to avoid the crowds, experiencing truly unique parts of both countries. A perfect trip for active couples and families with teenagers.
- Stay in beautiful, small and charming hotels that feel in-keeping with Laos and Cambodia's rich culture and history.
- Really get away from the crowds at Angkor Wat with our specialist guides who will be able to take you to lesser known temples during the peak times, and then return to the more popular sites after the groups have left.
Highlights of Southern Vietnam and Cambodia
Saigon, Can Tho, Chau Doc, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap
from £3400 pp inc flights & transfers for 8 nights
- Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh could hardly be more different although they are so close. Take a unique route between the two of them, soaking up Vietnamese culture along the way, finishing you trip at the iconic temples of Angkor in Northern Cambodia.
- From the busy metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City to the floating villages and markets on the river, you will discover the many faces of Vietnam.
- Phnom Penh is the place to discover the tragic history of Cambodia under the regime of the Khmer Rouge, but also to begin to understand their rich culture and history.
Location & directions
Siem Reap & Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Sala Siem Reap is located about 1km from the centre of town.
How to get there
11-hour flight to Bangkok followed by a further 1-hour flight to Siem Reap. Raffles Grand is 15-minutes from the airport.
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