La Résidence d’Angkor, in the heart of the small but pretty tree-lined town of Siem Reap, is an exotic, dark-wooden-panelled escape. The guest rooms have the luxury of space, with bathrooms the size of an average Paris hotel room. The décor combines earthy Asian signatures with a contemporary flourish. Then there’s the pool: a sumptuous 130-foot-long stretch of emerald green tiles with two Hindu-inspired fountains.
The most puzzling thing about the ruins of Angkor is how little survives of the day-to-day existence of the people of the Khmer Empire.
You go there to marvel at the engineering feats and the sheer number of magnificent temples they constructed.