April 30, 2013
most famous site, and arguably one of the world's most iconic landmarks, Angkor Wat is the reason that most tourists visit the country.
, the town built up around Angkor, is the starting point for tours to the Unesco World Heritage site but for those wanting to see more, Cox & Kings has suggested what else not to miss on a
Beyond Angkor: a temple safari
As well as the popular temples around Angkor Wat, relatively untouched ruins lying deep in the jungle can now be visited on a temple safari. Cox & Kings suggests a two - five night adventure visiting remote temples to the north such as Banteay Chhmar and Prasat Damrei, the monastic complex of Preah Khan, or Prasat Thom, the vast pyramid at Koh Ker. Similar to luxury African safari tents, they are usually pitched within the temple grounds allowing guests to see the impressive sites at sunrise and sunset, without too early a wakeup call.
capital has had a turbulent recent history but is emerging as a busy Asian city with an exciting food scene. At the meeting point of three rivers, it is a jumble of colonial buildings, temples, wide avenues and fascinating markets. The National Museum gives a good introduction to the history of Angkor Wat and the Royal Palace complex is an excellent example of Khmer architecture.
For a shocking look at the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge from 1975 - 79, visit the Tuol Sleng genocide museum. In the heart of the capital, the former school became one of Pol Pot's most notorious prisons: Security Prison 21 (S-21). Just outside the city are the seemingly peaceful fields of
. Made famous by the movie, The Killing Fields, a Buddhist memorial now remembers the 17,000 victims killed there.
For a stay in one of the city's grandest colonial buildings, Cox & Kings likes Raffles Le Royal. The Elephant bar serves its signature Femme Fatale cocktail, which was inspired by
visit in 1967. They say they still have the glass she drank from…