Amansara - A Strand of Wandering Beautiful Time
Angkor Wat is the dream place for many travelers. Nonetheless, Amansara makes this dream even more complete and beautiful. Leaning quietly next to the Angkor Wat, Amansara gently connects to the ancient time of leisure and tranquility, giving a throbbing and poetic spiritual experience.

PhotoChi-Hao, Wei

TextBecky Tu

The name, Amansara, comes from two Sanskrit words: Aman (which means peace) and apsara (the heavenly fairy from ancient Indian myth). Located in the Krong Siem Reap of Cambodia, Amansara has been praised as the top-notch resort hotel in Asia for several years in a row while the unique philosophy of location choice by Aman is again reflected in this site of cultural heritage where Amansara is situated.

Amansara was once the guest house for Cambodian King Sihanouk. Aman Resorts Group chose this site in 2002 and turned Amansara into a masterpiece of New Khmer Architecture. The resort is only 10 minutes by car from the entrance of Angkor Wat, which is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. There are also thousands of temples nearby and is the ideal place for exploring the Khmer culture and Cambodian life. Let’s take a look at the beautiful encounter between photographer Chi Hao Wei and Ruo-Jia Kung, the founder of the Yii Cultural Enterprise, in this world heritage.

Entrance for Time Travel to Thousands of Years Ago
Opened in 2003, Amansara is currently designed with 24 suites. The rooms are designed with contemporary minimalism type of elegance combined with the secluded and tranquil atmosphere. The wooden furniture and light terrazzo of the room establish a neat and simple environment. The sunlight scatters around when the French windows are open. As far as the eyes can see, the swimming pool with the reflection of forests and the private garden yards filled with sunlight make up a great place for lounging and relaxation.

Amansara is surrounded by luxuriant forests and distributed with paddy fields and hills. It is situated at a place that is only 10 minutes by driving from Angkor Wat and also the best place for exploring that adoring and abundant site of culture. For this reason, the activities sponsored by the resort are highly recommended, including country adventure by jeep, archery, picnic, Khmer village breakfast, riding and exploring the jungle temple, and the private English guide to Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm Temple, and Bayon Temple. Moreover, Amansara is situated in Krong Siem Reap that once belonged to the ancient Angkor Wat, where sandy trails crisscross and it is the ideal path for exploring the Khmer historic sites by mountain bikes.

In 1992, UNESCO declared Angkor Wat historic sites to be the World Heritage site, and Angkor Wat is recognized as the important symbol of Cambodia and the Khmer people. It is also the main temple building group in Angkor Wat and the most complete temple preserved from the ancient Angkor Wat city, known for the majestic architecture and sophisticated sculpture. Even passing hundreds of years and experiencing countless turmoil, the wonderful and poetic Angkor Wat stone carving still attract an endless stream of travelers worldwide. Traveling back between the long corridor and stone pillars, the golden beam spilling through the gaps seem to revitalize the old time.

The dreamy and charming sunrise and sunset of Angkor Wat, the golden color reflected from the rosy clouds on Angkor Wat, or appreciation of Angkor Wat reflected by sunset on the water, are all unforgettable and beautiful memories constituting this journey.


More fantastic photos are collected in Guest, published by Readingtimes.com.

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