The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE -

Cam­bo­dia’s Siem Reap, gate­way city to the fa­bled com­plex of Angkor Wat, is tourism cen­tral and it’s in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to see the tem­ples with­out be­ing swamped by large groups. An es­ti­mated 2 mil­lion vis­i­tors a year turn up to this sprawl­ing ar­chae­o­log­i­cal site, par­tic­u­larly to see the sun­rise. But Anan­tara Angkor Re­sort has come up with a neat guest idea. Its new Break­fast at Angkor tour gets you into the UNESCO World Her­itage-listed com­plex be­fore the gates of­fi­cially open. Set out at 4.30am by pri­vate car or tuk-tuk to Angkor Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal Park and an English-speak­ing es­cort leads the way by torch through a “secret” back en­trance for a priv­i­leged peek at dawn over the Kh­mer tem­ples and tow­ers. Then guests have a con­ti­nen­tal-style pri­vate break­fast pic­nic at one of the more se­cluded clear­ings, with but­ler ser­vice and in­for­mal talk with an ex­pert guide; par­tic­i­pants can opt to ex­plore more ru­ins be­fore re­turn­ing to the re­sort. The tour in­cludes a one-day ticket to the ar­chae­o­log­i­cal park and re­turn trans­port; from $US115 ($159) a per­son or $US135 a cou­ple, plus lo­cal taxes. Rooms from about $262 based on a three­night stay. More: angkor.anan­


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