Nothing can quite prepare you for the sight of Angkor, the UNESCO World Heritage Site constructed by the Khmer kings of the 12th century.
Located nearby, Raffles Hotel has been an essential part of a visit here since it opened in 1932, and many of the art deco details from its heyday remain, with black-and-white marble floors, claw-foot baths and wrought-iron lifts.
The service is all uniformed staff, cold towels and iced water at every turn and a turndown service that involves an origami of towel creatures on your four-poster. You'll be jumping in a rickshaw (or, for more comfort, taking the 10-minute drive in the hotel's car) to the temples, but when you're not, lounge by the tree-lined pool (pictured) nibbling on chilled mango.
Evenings are when the old-fashioned elegance really kicks in, so get into the swing of things with the signature Airavata cocktail, a rum-based tropical fruit concoction, in the Elephant Bar.
WOW FACTOR: Enjoy a sumptuous picnic made by the head chef, then return to the hotel for a foot massage by the pool.
FLIGHT TIME: 13 hours
WHEN TO GO: Spring, Winter