Best Destinations for Culture


Siem Reap (Angkor)

No trip to the region would be complete without a sojourn to the abundant ruins of Angkor. You hear about the grandeur of Angkor Wat, but nothing can quite prepare you for that special morning when you watch the saffron sun peek over the world’s largest and most audacious religious structure.  You’ll need at least two memory chips and three days to navigate the 1,000 square kilometers of the former Khmer Empire. It may just be the most hyped set of ruins in the world, but it certainly won’t disappoint.

Where to Stay:

Golden Temple Hotel in Siem Reap (Rates start at $55/night)

Banteay Srei

Most of Angkor’s historic wonders lie just north of Siem Reap, but further afield sits the delicate tour de force of classical art: Banteay Srei. The most intricate of all Khmer art, the coral-tinged 10th century temple is known as the Citadel of Women and is widely referred to as Cambodia’s precious gem.

Where to Stay:

Bong Thom Homestay (Rates start at $45/night)



 Phnom Penh

A walk through Phnom Penh is a tornado trip through dark alleys and pools of light; stoic monasteries and lavish gardens; riverside flair and backstreet fear. Some parts of the capital city bear the impact of war and revolution while others offer a glimpse of the country to be. To understand the Phnom Penh of today best, delve into the nation’s ancient past at the National Museum before immersing yourself in more recent traumas at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum or the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek just outside of town.

Where to Stay:

Raffles Hotel Le Royal (Rates start at $195/night)