Amansara lies at the threshold of Angkor – the vast, Unesco-protected ruins of the once-mighty Khmer empire – giving guests privileged access to the spiritual and historic riches of the world’s largest temple complex. Explore the site on foot, by bicycle or custom-fitted remork; take a cruise among the time-frozen floating villages of Tonlé Sap lake, and discover the rich Buddhist culture of Siem Reap – directly from the monks who shape it.
The floating homes of Tonlé Sap
Connected to the Mekong river system, the vast freshwater lake of Tonlé Sap is lined along the shore by villages of stilted wooden houses. Two Amanbara lake boats cruise the waters, introducing Aman guests to one of Cambodia’s most rich and valuable ecosystems, and a way of life that has remained unchanged for centuries.
Siem Reap Countryside by Jeep
Set out into the countryside around Siem Reap and discover the everyday rhythms of the neighbouring villages by vintage Jeep. Follow dirt roads through the jungle and spot local villagers tending the rice fields, fishing in roadside canals or engaged in the daily ritual of collecting sap from the sugar palms. Admire artisans deftly weaving leaves into baskets, spot children cycling to school, and families preparing noodles for lunch on a whistle-stop tour of Cambodia’s rural heart.
Cultural events and encounters with history
Immersed in both the ancient heritage of Angkor and the contemporary culture of Siem Reap, Amansara enjoys frequent visits from both leading international thinkers and local performers. Throughout the year, guests might enjoy lectures from visiting academics from some of the world’s most respected institutions, spectacularly choreographed circus shows or evening devoted to traditional Cambodian dance.
From the intricate bas reliefs and expressively carved apsaras to the architectural marvel of Angkor Wat itself, Angkor Archaeological Park stands testament to the exceptional sophistication of the bygone Khmer Empire. Just 10 minutes from the jungle-ensconced ruins, Amansara guests can enjoy private tours with tailor made itineries, allowing them to experience the meditative stillness of the once-sacred site, undisturbed by other visitors.
Visit a local temple for a personal encounter with Cambodia’s Buddhist traditions. In a 15-minute private ceremony, one of the monastery’s monks administers a water blessing – pouring flower-infused water and chanting to purify the spirit. The ideal way to end a stay at Amansara with a lasting sense of peace.