Temple secrets in Asia

Whether standing in awe of Angkor Wat at sunrise, or bathing in Bali’s water temples, or listening to the soporific chants of saffron-robed monks praying within gilded prayer rooms in Thailand’s temples, one could cross Asia simply by travelling from temple to temple.

Temples are at the heart of these Asian communities and offer the traveler a unique insight both into oneself and into these Asian lands steeped in spirituality and tradition. Journey with Secret Retreats to these enticing destinations rich with fascinating cultures and ancient temples.

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap - Cambodia

Angkor Wat, one of the wonders of the world, is without doubt a bucket list must-see. At over 200ha, it is one of the largest religious monuments in the world and set within a vast complex of temples that stretches across Cambodia’s jungles for more than 400sq km. The iconic Angkor Wat and the enigmatic Bayon Temple (pictured) are situated 5kms from Siem Reap and just a short tuk-tuk ride from The Samur.

 

Where to stay? The Samar

Situated right at the gates of Angkor, The Samar’s tranquil colonial-style suites and villas provide the perfect base from which to explore the ancient Khmer kingdom. 

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Mrauk U, Rakhine State - Myanmar

Mrauk U was once the capital city of the ancient Rakhine (Arakanese) Kingdom from the 15th - 18th centuries and today is a wonderland of ancient pagodas, temples and archeological ruins. Notable temples include the 16th century Htukkanthein Temple and the Koe-thaung Temple - or temple of 90,000 Buddhas - which is also the largest temple in Mrauk U.

  

Where to stay? Mrauk U Princess

Sail aboard a restored teak riverboat up the Kaladan River to reach the remote Mrauk U Princess – a boutique property supporting the region’s unique ethnic communities and a gateway to the ancient kingdom of Arakan.  

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