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At Vic­to­ria Angkor Re­sort and Spa in Siem Reap, gate­way to Angkor Wat, guests en­ter the be­guil­ing world of colo­nial In­dochina. At this well-lo­cated prop­erty with 120 gue­strooms and 10 suites, Cam­bo­dian staff are im­mac­u­lately uni­formed, the open-air re­cep­tion area lined with glossy dark tim­ber; there are ceil­ing fans, tiled floors, caged lifts, the prospect of ginger and cit­rus juice, and chilled tow­els scented with lemon­grass. Ac­com­mo­da­tion faces the Royal Gar­dens or the enor­mous pool. Smooth wooden floors and li­nens in pineapple tones en­hance the colo­nial style; fur­nish­ings in­clude a cam­paign desk in­laid with wo­ven rat­tan. It is tempt­ing to spend the af­ter­noon laz­ing on daybeds pool­side but the city’s at­trac­tions are but a short tuk-tuk ride away. Shop­ping is fun at Kan­dal Vil­lage for the likes of flu­o­ropainted Bud­dha stat­ues, hand­crafted tex­tiles, ce­ram­ics, can­dles and co­conut shells lined with shiny lac­quer in jelly­bean shades. Do take drinks at the For­eign Cor­re­spon­dents Club, try a Kh­mer-style din­ner at the at­mo­spheric Chan­rey Tree and hit the night mar­kets. Then back to the sanc­tu­ary of Vic­to­ria Angkor where a 4.30am wake-up call has been re­quested. Angkor Wat looks its best at day­break, ap­par­ently. More: vic­to­ri­aangko­rho­tel.com; wendy­wu­tours.com.au.

HE­LEN McKEN­ZIE

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