A mere 40 minutes by air from Bangkok, Siem Reap is home to
the stunning Angkor Temples, including Angkor Wat and Angkor
Thom. These incredible structures, some over 1,000 years
old, should be on everyone's bucket list and you could spend
a lifetime examining the massive temples and the intricate
stone carvings and learning about their history.
More importantly (!), from our point of view, Siem Reap is
also home to 3 excellent golf courses: The
Angkor Golf Resort,
designed by Sir Nick Faldo;
managed by Sofitel and host of numerous Asian Tour events
and the newest course in town, the Korean-owned
Siem Reap Booyoung CC
Reap Lake Resort).
All are well-conditioned, challenging layouts with all the
usual top-class amenities associated with golf in SE Asia
and all are within easy driving distance from town.
For after golf there are numerous excellent restaurants and
bars located in the center of town either in, or close to,
the aptly named Pub Street. Multiple night markets
displaying local goods are also close by and within easy
walking distance. Locals are very friendly and most of
them speak some English. The US$ is the most commonly used
currency and a good meal with drinks for 2 at a top class
restaurant will cost you around US$ 30.-. A draught beer can
be had for less than US$ 1.- in some places. So, prices are
very reasonable, to say the least. All in all, whether you
are looking for a unique destination to add on to a trip to
Thailand or a 3-4 day golf trip on its own, Siem Reap, with
its wonderful temples, good golf and inexpensive nightlife
is well worth a visit.
Some suggested hotels:
www.princedangkor.com; centrally located with garden and
big pool, spa, restaurant and lively bar. Deluxe rooms with
balcony and pool view.
*****SOFITEL POKEETHRA ANGKOR GOLF
RESORT & SPA
www.sofitel.com; quietly located in the suburbs, great
gardens with big pool, fitness center, sauna, spa, 4
restaurants, 2 bars. Superior rooms with balcony and garden