This month I was lucky enough to visit Siem Reap, Cambodia, home to the amazing ancient city of Angkor. I stayed at the beautiful Anantara Angkor hotel which is about a 10 minute drive away from the Angkor UNESCO world heritage site. The hotel is amazing, I took a Khmer cooking class in the restaurant, had numerous massages ( that's what you do on vacation right?) ate the most delicious food and relaxed in the pool while drinking a beer. I never wanted to leave and can't wait to go back.
Ancient stone carvings
Dinner at a local Khmer house looking over the rice fields
I took a cooking class at the hotel to learn how to make some Cambodian favourites like these rice paper rolls.
French influence in the local fresh food market
Champagne and sunset, perfect match
Sampled the local nightlife in Pub Street
We took a cycling tour around the ancient site of Angkor Thom
Entrance to Angkor Wat
Crispy Crickets. I know it's a bit strange but they actually taste pretty good.
These massive trees have pushed through these ancient temples.
Exploring the inside of this ancient city, trying to imagine what it was like in the 12th century.
A local fishing village waiting for the wet season to arrive and fill this lake.
The faces of Angkor
The entrance to Angkor Thom
Having a water blessing by a monk in an ancient temple is something that needs to be added to your bucket list.
Anyone remember Tomb Raider?
Angkor Wat (City of Temples) is the largest religious monument in the world. The Angkor ruins stretch over more than 400sq Kilometres.
It's amazing to think that almost all the surfaces on these buildings were once painted.
Thanks to Anantara Angkor www.angkor.anantara.com