Siem Reap is currently one of the most popular destinations on the planet, mainly thanks to the stunning temples of Angkor which are often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. A once quaint village is now a booming tourist hotspot where guesthouses outnumber temples, allowing visitors the amenities of modern living whilst getting a taste of authentic Cambodian life on the leafy boulevards lined with old French shop-houses. Three excellent golf courses mean that it is an increasingly popular destination for those looking for an alternative to the well beaten track, and Siem Reap is the best choice for golf holidays in Cambodia.
Despite the growing commercialisation of the city, it's still evocative of the Asia of the past, a glimpse of what Thailand was like thirty years ago. Whether you fancy checking out the ancient Wat Bo temple, the traditional dance at the Smile of Angkor, or the simple charms of the Cambodian cultural village, now is the time to go before the neon lights and go-go dancers inevitably arrive.
For food, head to Wat Bo Road or north of the Old market where you'll find dozens of restaurants serving anything from rudimentary Asian staples and pizza to authentic local dishes with exotic ingredients. Although it's a fairly laid back city, there's a vibrant drinking scene to be found along Street 8 (or Pub St. as it is widely and appropriately known) which is reminiscent of Khao San Road in Bangkok in its cheap beer, loud music and backpackers.
The real draw here is, of course, the Angkor Archaeological Park, where for five centuries the capital cities of the vast Khmer empire were built. Sprawled over an astonishing 60 sq. miles of temples, pagodas, causeways and royal roads, all built between the 9th and 14th centuries, it really is magnificent and worth allowing time for several visits. Angkor Wat, which boasts five majestic towers all carved in exquisite detail, is the largest temple in the world and the breathtaking ancient grandeur of it is quite simply not to be missed.
All these delights now compete for attention with a trio of excellent new golf courses that have transformed a region where golf was practically unheard of 15 years ago into one of the best asian golfing destinations.
The Siem Reap Angkor Lake Resort Golf Club has seen some heavy investment from its Korean owners and its 5-star facilities complement an immaculate course where the challenges presented by a large number of water hazards are nicely balanced by wide fairways. At Phokeethra Country Club plays a little tougher, thanks to water featuring on every hole which we're sure makes for good sales of extra balls at the pro-shop. You'll often find yourself hitting over a water hazard twice in one hole which will either make for memorable shots or ugly scorecards. Whatever the result, it's a lot of fun taking on this challenge.
The jewel in the crown, however, is the Nick Faldo-designed Angkor Golf Resort found just outside the city. It may be expensive, particularly for Cambodia, but the immaculate condition of the course illustrates that all those green fees are being put to good use. It's challenging without condemning the high handicappers to a long day, and ends with a spectacular trio of holes where strategically placed water hazards really up the ante. No golf holiday in Cambodia is complete without a round here.
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