Most golfers are pretty well travelled and they are also creatures of habit and tend to go for what they know rather than try something new.
Here we give you 8 great reasons why you should choose Siem Reap for your next golf holiday.
1: Exceptional Golf Courses
Angkor Golf Resort
When Angkor Golf Resort opened a new level of golf course had finally arrived in Cambodia. All year round this course is presented in immaculate condition. The tees, fairways and greens are maintained to a high standard. The course measures 7,279 yards from the back tees. But don’t let the length deter you as there are a further three tee boxes on each hole. Maybe the blue course measuring at 6,666 yards is more appealing to the mid-handicap golfer.
Each hole will make you think from the tee. There is an abundance of bunker and water hazards throughout the course. But thankfully these are clearly visible when negotiating a hole. A quote from the course states, “Our fairways are typically generous, but our bunkering style is impressively bold. The greens have plenty of subtle undulations and they reward and encourage a variety of approach shots”.
By the time you reach the 16th hole you will be looking forward to a refreshing drink in the impressive contemporary clubhouse. But first you must negotiate the difficult final stretch. The 16th is a monster 593 yard par 5 that only the very long hitters will be reaching in two shots. Whilst the 17th is the longest par 3 on the course measuring 208 yards with water guarding the green on the right side. Finally the 18th hole, a par 4 of 437 yards requires you to skirt the water down the left hand-side of the fairway to give the best approach to the dog-leg hole.
A visit to the 300 meter grass driving range prior to your round is recommended. This a great practice facility to hone your game with an abundance of target greens and a chipping area.
2: Friendly and knowledgeable caddies
Smiling caddies at Laguna Lang Co Golf, Danang
Caddies are available and usually compulsory at all golf courses in Vietnam. They are exceptionally good and they will really add to your enjoyment of the course. Surprisingly the English standards are probably better than Thailand and they are just as much fun. Don’t forget to tip them and $AUD 20-25 is considered normal.
3. Good value
A meal for two at a mid-range restaurant costs less than $AUD 20 and a cocktail around $AUD 1.50. Taxis are also very cheap and the price for the first km is around $AUD 0.50¢. Currently you get about 3000 Riel to 1$AUD
Angkor Night Market
Despite stiff competition from many copycats since it opened over a decade ago, Angkor Night Market is still standing as the city’s top night market. While the site is currently undergoing upgrades, it remains open and offers stall after stall selling everything your imagination could desire. It is also home to the lively Island Bar, which goes on until the early hours, and a selection of stalls selling food and drinks. There is also a spot to enjoy a massage in between hitting the shops.
5. Great Food
Lok Lak Beef
This dish is a take on ceviche as they take thin slices of beef which is marinated in lime juice with lots of shallots, garlic, fish sauce, basil, mint, and bell peppers. The whole thing is then topped with lots of chilies. To those that aren’t too big on spice, be warned, this dish almost always comes with a kick!
6. Great Climate
There are considerable variations in the weather patterns throughout the country and when it's raining in one place then it’s often sunny elsewhere. November to April is the best time to visit
7. Easy to get around
Siem Reap is improving the infrastructure all the time with new airports and roads being built and although the traffic in the centre of the major cities can be crazy at times it is gradually improving. There are plenty of internal flights and more and more low cost airlines offering excellent value. Taxis are abundant and cheap but there is no mass transit system as yet although this is bound to come.
8. Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat, in its beauty and state of preservation, is unrivaled. Its mightiness and magnificence bespeak a pomp and a luxury surpassing that of a Pharaoh or a Shah Jahan, an impressiveness greater than that of the Pyramids, an artistic distinctiveness as fine as that of the Taj Mahal. Angkor Wat is located about six kilometers (four miles) north of Siem Reap, south of Angkor Thom. Entry and exit to Angkor Wat can only be access from its west gate.
Angkor Wat was built in the first half of the 12th century (113-5BC). Estimated construction time of the temple is 30 years by King Suryavarman II, dedicated to Vishnu (Hindu), replica of Angkor Thom style of art.
I am sure you agree that Siem Reap has plenty to offer the travelling golfer: great golf courses, superb food, attentive caddies, and wonderful sights. What are you waiting for?