By: Tami Kurian
When choosing a destination, it may begin with the sentiment that you want to accomplish with your travels. You might want to relax, explore, or expand your knowledge and find new adventures. All of these can be accomplished when traveling to Cambodia and Laos with Belmond, the luxury hotel that brings local culture, cuisine, and design into your surroundings.
Beginning your trip in Siem Reap, you will be transported to the stunning La Residence D’Angkor and find your sense of adventure spike while your stress melts away with the thoughts of lounging next to the tranquil pool. Being close to town, you can walk or take a fun tuk-tuk ride to shops or dinning, though it would be hard to leave the beauty of La Residence. Some of the best dining is found around town and most restaurants help support the next generation; making your dining experience of exquisite flavors, also be an experience of giving and support for the local community. You will be humbled by the graciousness of the people and feel honored to be part of the efforts for the locals.
While in Siem Reap you will have the opportunity to travel throughout the city to explore all the incredible temples, including Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world. You can experience the sunrise then spend the day basking in the sun while touring the grounds. You will be inspired by the beautiful details in every room and in every turn, and will be in awe of the grad scale of the structure and all the history.
After a day of exploring there is no better way to unwind than in the Kong Kea Spa of La Residence D’Angkor, for one of their spa treatments that are not to be missed. With ancient Cambodian healing, your experience will quiet the mind, and relax the body.
Keeping with your sense of adventure, and desire for beauty and elegance, your trip can continue onto Laos. Laos is the perfect escape from the city vibe of Cambodia, where you will be transported to the calm of Belmond La Residence Phou Vao. Positioned atop a hill across the sacred mountains, you will find tranquility and feel in awe from your surroundings.
With a variety of accommodations from the fresh water pool, to Yoga by the lily pond, and the treatments from the award-winning spa, a day at the hotel before planning your river and town adventures, might be the perfect start to your stay at La Residence Phou Vao. With options of garden view or mountain view, you can’t go wrong with the stunning accommodations of either their spacious junior suites or garden suites. To further highlight your stay, be sure to indulge in a culinary experience that will take titillate your taste buds with the dining experience of French inspired cuisine. If you are able to tear yourself away from the hotel, you can take the complimentary shuttle back and forth from town to continue with your exploration.
Staying with Belmond during your travels around Cambodia and Los it is certain that you will be catered to for all of your needs whether they are known or unknown. Belmond will make your journy even more unforgettable than the beauty and history of the destinations.
Photo credit: Images courtesy of Belmond