Golden Temple Residence
Golden Temple Residence is located just 7 Km from the UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor Wat, the jewel in the crown of the Angkor Temple Complex at Siem Reap. Golden Temple Residence is a blissful oasis, located perfectly for the restaurants and attractions of Siem Reap.
All of the area’s historical sites are easily accessible from the hotel. The Angkor Wat Temples are a short 15-minute drive away while the town centre is only a 5-minute walk. On exit from the hotel turn left and take first right. Go straight for 5 minutes and you are in the town centre, and close to the popular Old Market.
Golden Temple Residence has 28 rooms in total.
- 4 x Deluxe Urban rooms.
- 9 x Suite Urban rooms.
- 12 x Suite Pool View rooms.
- 3 x Residence Suite rooms.
Deluxe Urban Room.
Our Deluxe Urban rooms are primarily located upstairs on the fourth floor, and feature double beds and a spacious en suite bathroom. The decor features traditional Cambodian art and handicrafts. The Deluxe Urban rooms include free Wi-Fi access and a flat screen television featuring a range of leading international cable TV channels.
Suite Urban Room.
Our Suite Urban rooms are the highly desirable suites in Golden Temple Residence and are popular with both families and couples. Located on the upper floors, the Suite Urban rooms feature double or twin beds and a spacious en suite bathroom. The décor features traditional Cambodian art and handicrafts, including photographs from Cambodia during the French colonial period. The Suite Urban rooms include Wi-Fi access for guests and a flat screen television, featuring a range of leading international cable TV channels.
Suite Pool View room.
The Suite Pool view rooms are very desirable suites in Golden Temple Residence overlooking the swimming pool and are popular with families and couples. Located on the upper floors, the Suite Pool Side rooms feature double or twin beds and a spacious en suite bathroom. The beautiful decor features traditional Cambodian art and handicrafts, including photographs from Cambodia during the French colonial period. The Suite Pool Side rooms include Wi-Fi access for guests and a flat screen TV featuring a range of leading international cable TV channels.
Residence Suite room.
Our Residence Suite is the largest room in Golden Temple Residence and is ideal for families with younger children who want to share the same room or couples seeking a sense of space or celebrating a special occasion such as an anniversary or birthday. Located upstairs the Residence Suite features a double bed, a stylish day bed, a wooden sofa in the living room and a spacious en suite bathroom. There is plenty of room to add an extra bed for young families or friends requiring a triple room. The beautiful decor features traditional Cambodian art and handicrafts, including photographs from Cambodia during the French colonial period. The Residence Suite includes Wi-Fi access for guests and two flat screen televisions featuring a range of leading international cable TV channels.
Golden Temple Residence offers a choice of 3 locations for dining, or for an informal drink. Indulge in some royal Khmer cuisine or try our exquisite international dishes while enjoying a magical performance, which will delight and captivate you.
In our dining room, we serve both Khmer and International cuisines. Here you can try; Royal Khmer cuisine or exquisitely prepared international dishes. Our executive chef Veasna will create for you both cuisines, but with a contemporary twist; like country-style chicken curry and traditional steamed fish amok. We can easily adapt our dishes to your liking and taste, and we also offer a set menu, international favourites, snacks and specialties from our grill.
Relax in the Temple Lounge while you read up on the Angkor era over a cocktail, the choice is yours. Don't forget to try the signature Golden Temple cocktail, similar to the Singapore Sling but with a unique twist.
At the Rohatt Bar you can swim up and try one of our more popular cocktails, or try a cold local beer. You will find a larger selection at the Temple Lounge.
Our Lotus Spa embraces the ancient Cambodian healing arts to provide a unique sensory experience. Calm your min and, surrender to our experts; let us pamper you with local, organic products. Indulge in one of our treatments in a private room. Before your treatment, you can enjoy an invigorating rain shower to help round off a perfect day in the spa. Visit our website at www.goldentempleresidence.com to see our full Spa menu.
As guests of Golden Temple Residence we offer you a unique and memorable lifestyle experience. Enjoy our creative, culinary menus, traditional spa therapies, and private temple tours — all surrounded by Angkorian-inspired design; learn the secrets of Royal Khmer cuisine at a cookery class led by our local chef; enjoy a round or 2 of golf at your choice of 3 nearby premier courses; or simply relax with a quality cocktail at our swim-up bar.
Our events team is waiting to arrange your special day or celebration. Whether it is a wedding, honeymoon or a round of golf, leave it to us and we will exceed your expectations. We specialize in delivering a high level of customer service leaving you with many happy memories.
Please contact us directly to discuss your requirements and we will be delighted to help.
Tel: +855 63 212 222
Guests can request a later check out time, subject to availability.
Cambodian local time is GMT +7 hours.
PASSPORTS & VISAS
We advise that your passport should have at least 6 months remaining validity at the time of travel.
All foreign nationals, except nationals of Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines and Laos need a visa to enter Cambodia. A single-entry tourist visa is issued on arrival at Phnom Penh and Siem Reap international airports, and at the overland crossings at checkpoint borders. Single-entry tourist visas are valid for 30 days, including the day of issue, and cost around $25, plus you will need one passport photograph. A business visa is also valid for 30 days and costs $35 plus one passport photo.
A tourist visa can only be extended by 1 month one time only while in Cambodia, whereas a business (or ‘normal’) visa can be extended for 1, 3, 6 or 12 months without having to leave and re-enter. 6 and 12-month visas are multi-entry.
You may also complete an e-visa up to 3 months before of your date of travel. Details can be found on the Kingdom of Cambodia Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation website.
Every traveller has to complete immigration and customs declaration forms during the arrival flight and must submit them on arrival. Any amount of foreign currency can be brought into Cambodia, but the amount of Cambodian currency must not exceed 100,000 Riels per person. Tourists and non-residents carrying over USD 10,000 in cash or its equivalent must declare it to ensure they will be allowed to take out with them the amount declared.
US dollars are as commonly used as the Cambodian Riel and even Thai Baht is acceptable in many places. Most shops, restaurants and hotels set their prices in dollars, however small transactions are usually done in Riel. We suggest you always carry some small Riel for motorcycle taxis and any other small purchases made outside the hotel.
Credit cards and traveller’s cheques are not common and US dollar traveller’s cheques are much more easily changed than any other kind. Banks can change money, carry out telegraphic transfers and some can cash travellers cheques and accept Visa cards.
The climate is tropical. As the country is affected by monsoon, it is hot and humid with an average temperature around 27ºC.
There are two distinct seasons: the rainy season (June – October) and the dry season which is divided into two sub-seasons, cool (November - February) and hot (March - May).
The Cambodian language is Khmer, which is inherited from and is influenced by Thai. Some technical terms are borrowed from French. However, today English is commonly spoken in hotels and business compounds.
Although no vaccinations are officially required for entry to Cambodia, they are highly encouraged. We advise visitors to check with their doctor or a travel immunization clinic regarding protection against malaria, typhoid, tetanus, hepatitis A and B. Any essential medications should be brought with you, as there is no guarantee they will be available in Cambodia.
Since Cambodia has a hot and humid tropical climate, casual and lightweight clothing is best i.e. made from natural fibres. A jacket might be needed on cool winter evenings. A hat and high-factor sun block is advisable as protection against the hot sun when sightseeing.
If you are visiting temples or pagodas, including those of Angkor Wat, shorts and T-shirts are acceptable attire. However to visit the highest level of Angkor Wat, guests are requested to cover knees and shoulders (no tank tops). Shoes are generally removed at the entrance to pagodas.
For visits to the Silver Pagoda, which is within the Royal Palace grounds in Phnom Penh, visitors are asked to dress more formally. Gentlemen are required to wear long trousers and ladies should wear long trousers or long skirts.
The Kingdom of Cambodia lies at the heart of Indochina and is bordered by Thailand in the west, Laos in the north, Vietnam in the east and the Gulf of Thailand in the south. It is a country that, despite its relatively small size and large, dominant neighbours, has managed to retain its unique Khmer identity. Its cultural traditions predate those of Thailand and, unlike Vietnam, which expresses a marked Chinese influence, Cambodia’s cultural roots draw heavily from the Indian subcontinent whence it drew much of the inspiration for its remarkable buildings, palaces and temples.
Siem Reap is near the ancient capital of Angkor civilization where traditional food and handicrafts markets are joined by the activity of tourism-related commerce. Siem Reap’s verdant charm remains, especially along the banks of the Siem Reap River where the architectural richness of the town is at its best.
The Angkor Temple Complex Is a fascinating blend of exquisite stone carvings and jungle. It was the culmination of five centuries of Khmer civilization. A series of temples and developing cities surged and ebbed over this vast 20,000-hectare complex, reaching a pinnacle in the 12th century under the Deva raja (God king) Jayavarman VII who brought a measure of permanence in the form of his fortified, walled city of Angkor Thom. The creation of Angkor Thom and its associated constructions ended the tumbleweed rambling of Angkor to ensure its secure place in history. The vast archaeological park of Angkor is a sprawling monument to the golden age of Khmer civilization. Perhaps the best-known and most enduring image of this period is the Angkor Wat (or Temple City, from the Sanskrit Nagara, or city). This funerary temple with its intricately carved quincunx of towers was the centre of Khmer Hindu tradition in the 12th century. Khmer kings built a profusion of temples to honour various Hindu gods to ensure prosperity in this world and a safe passage on to the next.
The centerpiece of Angkor Thom is the magnificent Bayon Temple with its rising mound of gigantic stone heads – surveying all cardinal directions. The abandoned monastery of Ta Prohm is visually arresting with its towering silk-cotton trees whose giant roots have invaded and overwhelmed the ruins, ensnaring and toppling vast blocks of stone. This was one of Jayavarman VII’s early building forays and the temple was dedicated to his mother. Here, visitors will get a sense of what confronted French explorers when they stumbled upon Angkor in the late 19th century. Preah Khan (Sacred Sword) is a large monastic complex, also partially reclaimed by the jungle. In its heyday, this thriving monastery engaged over 1,000 monks and served, briefly, as the residence of King Jayavarman VII. It was in fact, dedicated to the king’s father. Preah Khan is noted for its numerous sanctuaries, each devoted to a particular deity. Other interesting sites include Ta Som, Banteay Samre, Neak Pean, Pre Rup, Banteay Kdei (a Ta Prohm twin), and the Roluos Group of temples. A little further away, the small but exquisite 10th century Banteay Srei (temple of women) rewards visitors with its delicate filigree and bas-relief wrought out of pink sandstone. The subtle colours are best enjoyed in the accommodating light of the early part of the day or very late afternoon.
A variety of outings and cultural excursions are available as part of the guest experience. Conducted early morning and late afternoon to avoid the sun and crowds, these outings focus on the temples surrounding Angkor Wat.
Several tours utilize Golden Temple Residence’s own fleet of tuk tuks (moped-powered trishaws) each with its own Golden Temple Residence driver. Tailor-made, off-the-beaten-path excursions can also be arranged to suit individual interests and pace, taking guests deeper into the countryside beyond the Angkor park. For guests wishing to explore places farther afield like Preah Vihear and its surrounds, close to the Thai border, customized helicopter tours can be arranged. Golden Temple Residence has English-speaking guides who are well informed on both Khmer history and modern Cambodian life.
The Angkor temples are well and truly on the visitor trail through Southeast Asia. Tourist numbers are rising by the year, making those serene and spiritual moments within the confines of empty temple a little harder to come across, but with a little planning it is still possible to escape the crowds. Here at Golden Temple Residence, we have been planning Angkor itineraries from our sister hotels for almost a decade and are happy to share our knowledge and experience with you to ensure you have a once in a lifetime encounter with these incredible temples.
Siem Reap is a relatively small, flat town. Areas to explore could include the nearby countryside and abandoned temples or the city and the Old Market area. Bicycles are a great way to get around the temples; bicycles are environmentally friendly and are used by most locals living around the area. There are few hills and the roads are good, so there’s no need for much cycling experience. Moving about at a slower speed, you soon find that you take in more than from out of a car window or on the back of a speeding moto. Golden Temple Residence has bikes for rent, which are well maintained and give a much smoother ride than the normal bicycles around town. These are available for hire a daily rate.
Electricity is 220 volts. Cambodia is plus seven hours GMT. Loose, light clothing is recommended. In the dry season, a light sweater may be needed of an evening. It is recommended to bring along a comfortable pair of walking shoes, wide brimmed hat and high-factor sunscreen. Siem Reap has a number of markets selling silverwork, metal and woodcarvings, silk cloth, artwork and other souvenirs. Guests are taken by and can be accompanied on their shopping trip by a Golden Temple Residence driver. Bargaining is customary.