It's on every traveller's bucket list: Angkor Wat, the breathtaking complex of Hindu temples spread over 500 acres and dating back to the 9th and 12th centuries.

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Early 5am starts are the best way to see them in relative peace, and the alarm clock is bearable when you wake up in style at La Residence d'Angkor, just a 15-minute drive away on the banks of the Siem Reap River.

A temple to serenity, this complex has an inky salt-water swimming pool (pictured) at its heart, with rooms horse-shoed around it.

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Each is decorated in calming neutrals and dark woods with flashes of jewel colours, and comes with a terrace where you can easily wile away afternoons a world away from the buzzing tuk-tuks of the main town.

Visit the Kong Kea Spa for a vigorous Ancient Khmer Massage and a refreshing steam infused with cinnamon, lemongrass and kaffir lime leaf - and the early start won't feel so tough.

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WOW FACTOR: OK, there's no eclipsing the jaw-dropping spectacle of the temples of Angkor Wat, but the Martini Lounge is a wonder in its own right. Sip your way through 10 different varieties - the Mango Passion was our favourite.

FLIGHT TIME: 15 hours.                                                                

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