World-renowned hotel designer Bill Bensley gives us the lowdown on one of his favourite cities in Southeast Asia
Where I stay in Siem Reap…

The Shinta Mani Bensley Collection as it is the most comfortable, luxurious and private residence in Siem Reap.

 

The restaurant you should visit…

Vibe Cafe, is an amazing vegan restaurant in the ever-growing hipster neighborhood of Kandal Village.  Looking for a juice detox or perhaps the best vegan dishes in Indo China? Then Vibe is the place to go. Get out and explore the neighborhood and feel good (inside and out) while you do it.

 

Where you should go for cocktails…

Miss Wong. Sophisticated and quality cocktails in the heart of Siem Reap’s old town. Always a great mix of locals and tourists. An artistic crowd.

 

The best place for interior buys…

Go to Louise Loubatieres Gallery where you’ll find an array of arts, crafts, textiles and design objects from Southeast Asia.

 

Bill Bensley's Guide To Siem Reap

 

Bill Bensley's Guide To Siem Reap

 

The souvenir that you should take home with you

Buy a well for a family from the Shinta Mani Foundation and take home a photograph of the well as a keepsake.

 

The one thing that you should do before you leave.

Watch the sunrise at Angkor Wat.

 

Bill Bensley's Guide To Siem Reap

 

Suggested Itineraries

From $3,500 pp

Classic Jordan

Jordan

  • Potter through bustling Amman with its vibrant neighbourhoods and historic sites
  • Take in magnificent Petra, marvelling at sites such as The Treasury, Monastery and High Place of Sacrifice
  • Spend the night in a luxury camp deep within the Wadi Rum
  • Slather yourself with mud and go for a float in the Dead Sea

When to go:

J F M A M J J A S O N D
ideal length 7 nights

From $2,500 pp

A Family Adventure in Jordan

Jordan Petra, Wadi Rum & Dana Nature Reserve

  • Visit magnificent Petra and give the kids a history lesson in archaeology, history and exploration
  • Go on a family camel ride and let the kids scramble over the unique rock formations in the Wadi Rum
  • Slather yourself with mud and go for a float in the Dead Sea before enjoying the multiple hotel pools 

When to go:

J F M A M J J A S O N D
ideal length nights

From $5,500 pp

Trekking in Bhutan

Paro, Thimphu & Punakha

  • Hiking Bhutan’s iconic Druk Path, enjoying the magnificent scenery and fresh mountain air
  • Visiting the sub-tropical valley of Punakha and experiencing a totally different climate and landscape
  • Enjoying a mix of both nature and culture with sightseeing after the trek

When to go:

J F M A M J J A S O N D
ideal length 8 nights
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