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.


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.


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.


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.

GO: Book with Turquoise Holidays; call 01494 678 400 or visit for more details or email