Your cruise ends in the city of Siem Reap, which, thanks to the allure of Angkor Wat, has become a destination for travelers from all over the world. Check in at Amansara, an established favorite of Hideaway Report subscribers. Set within a tranquil enclave on the grounds of a guesthouse that once belonged to King Norodom Sihanouk, its two dozen accommodations surround a grassy central courtyard. Public areas include a dining pavilion that serves traditional Khmer and Western dishes, a library and a 55-foot outdoor swimming pool, plus an 82-foot lap pool and a full-service spa. This is a true hideaway hotel in Siem Reap that offers a refuge from the tourist hordes. (Another wonderful hotel away from the masses is Phum Baitang, which replicates the look and feel of a traditional Cambodian village.)
Visit Angkor Wat at sunrise, escorted by a private guide. Afterward, explore some of the area’s lesser-known temples. In the early evening, stroll along the picturesque Siem Reap River. The old town was formed by an aggregation of small villages that were originally developed around Buddhist pagodas. The most animated quarter is concentrated around Sivutha Boulevard and the Phsar Chas (Old Market), with its French colonial buildings. The Phsar Leu area is crowded with shops selling gemstones and woodcarvings.