Explore Angkor & beyond

There is an undefined magic and spirituality in the grounds of Angkor that was a life-changing experience. I dreamt I could share it with our guests and introduce them further deep into Cambodian culture…

Nathalie, Owner

exploring the temples

Maison Polanka team designs tailor-made tours to immerse you in the World Heritage listed Angkor Archeological Park. We have selected senior guides to help you avoid the crowds and reveal hidden treasures.

For a one-day discovery pass up to the one-week archeologist tour, you can follow the path of the early discoverers in Roluos & Angkor, but also travel further to remote temples such as Koh Ker group, Preah Vihear, Bantey Chmar or Sambor Prei Kuk. You can combine rides in the traditional tuk tuk with a car or a van, or choose to live the adventure with a vintage jeep. There are hiking and biking options in the sandy tracks and leafy paths of the temples.

The details of each experience will be sent upon request.

countryside escapes

Countryside cycling: a half day cycling along Siem Reap rive towards the Tonle Sap, visiting Wat Athvear temple on the way and pagodas, local markets and villages before taking a boat at the West Baray for a picnic on the Mebon temple island at lunch or sunset.
Kulen mountains trek: hike 15km in Cambodia’s most sacred mountain and explore its mystical virgin forest, temples, villages and jungle springs. Share a family’s lunch in this remote area not accessible until 2000 and discover the hidden elephant and lion pool and statues.
Countryside picnic: embark in a vintage jeep to the off road countryside and experience breath taking views of the rice fields and palm trees, crowds of water buffalos and birds before settling down for a picnic at Chao Say Vibol citadel.

family adventures

Ox cart riding: the adventure takes you to Bantey Srei district on a bumpy road through rice paddies on a oxcart that used to be a common form of transport for Cambodian people. Stop by a fresh rice noodle making house, catching the ritual of sugar palm collection/making before visiting Pradak, Sopharin’s village famous for its noodle and curry snack, Noum Pon Chok.
Cycling the countryside: for the young explorers, this half day cycling tour provides a slice of authentic rural life riding through rice paddies, ponds, farms and villages towards the Tonle Sap.
The elephant sanctuary: Step into the elephant world by visiting their sanctuary on the way to Phnom Kulen for an afternoon in the wild. Walk with the elephants through the forest and enjoy a refreshing swim with them and have a picnic in the wild before heading back to Maison Polanka.

the tonle sap

The Tonle Sap has been registered as a UNESCO biosphere reserve since 1997 in recognition of its exceptional ecological, economic, social and cultural value, being the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia and sheltering the most important water-bird colonies of the region. Embark for a memorable journey to the floating village of Prek Toal: explore the bird sanctuary before heading to the village and visit the water hyacinth platform, the community restaurant and the village life with the NGO Osmose.

Shorter sunset trips to the lake can also be organized by Maison Polanka.

in the city

Siem Reap town has a lot to offer in terms of culture with its museums, pagodas and art galleries or designer studios. The Angkor National Museum visit gives an overview of the chronology and art of  carving of the Khmer Empire. The Conservation d’Angkor hosts the Ministry of culture restoration, storing more than 6000 pieces of Khmer art; access needs to be pre-arranged by Maison Polanka.

Siem Reap also has a thriving new generation of artists and designers who are opening their studios, galleries and shops to visitors. Maison Polanka will share the best addresses in town.

Combining a tour of its nearby colonial and post colonial buildings and its pagoda, you can spend an hour, a half day or the full day around town riding our vintage bicycles or a tuk tuk.

spiritual and wellness experiences

Maison Polanka blessings:  Wat Polanka monastery community has been blessing our grounds, team and events for years. For guests who wish to celebrate a special event or deliver a prayer to loved ones, we'd be delighted to organize an unforgettable ceremony within our premises with the monastery.
Water blessing: Engage with Cambodian Buddhism in a more personal way by receiving an authentic water blessing in Wat Atvear’s pagoda. Note that you will get completely wet!
Detox retreat: if you are you feeling bogged down, tired, stressed out emotionally and physically, take a break  and invest some time in yourself. We have designed a 3 nights & 4 days wellness retreat to clear out your mind, increase your overall energy level and balance mind, body and spirit in a natural stunning environment.
Nia retreats: to reconnect with your body, mind and emotions through movement and music whilst surrounding yourself with self-care and pampering, join our passionate Nia black belt instructor, Debbie-Lee van Ginkel for a retreat.

cultural performances

We will inform you about the schedules and make reservations for these outstanding selected performances:
Phare, the circus: Khmer music, dance and acrobatics, each Phare high energy performance makes a sharp commentary on modern Cambodia through the eyes of a young generation of artists.
The Sacred dancers of Angkor: Born in the sacred land of Angkor largest religious complex, the sacred dancers perform with a unique spiritual dimension. To approach this spiritual experience and support their conservatory, you can attend their performances at the divine sala.
The New Cambodian Artists: The NCA is a group of three talented young women who choreograph and perform modern dances based on classical vocabulary.

our offers

Let us help you to tailor your stay in Siem Reap!

Maison Polanka Special Offer of Nia Retreat in Siem Reap

Nia retreat

Our Nia retreat packages provide the perfect opportunity to reconnect with one’s body, mind and emotions through movement and music.
Detox Retreat at Angkor

Detox retreat in Angkor

This 3 nights & 4 days wellness retreat is designed to clear out your mind, increase your overall energy level and balance mind, body and spirit.

immerse yourself

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