In a series of weekly features, City Plus looks at destinations for weekend breaks out of Hong Kong and gives you a handy guide on what to expect, what to do and what to pay. This week, it's Siem Reap and Phnom Penh in Cambodia. Why Siem Reap and Phnom Penh? No one living in Hong Kong should leave without at least one visit to Cambodia, and to Siem Reap in particular. This town is the gateway to the temples of Angkor, including Angkor Wat. The Angkor sights constitute some of the most atmospheric and architecturally extraordinary in the world. Siem Reap is easy and cheap to get to from Hong Kong, while Phnom Penh has its charms and is certainly good for a one-night stopover. What is there to see and do? Far more than you could fit into one weekend. Angkor - the glory of the Khmer civilisation that shaped Cambodia from the 9th to the 14th centuries - covers a vast area and has about 100 temples. A two-night break may give you only one full day in Angkor, so you might want to limit yourself to Angkor Wat and a second temple, perhaps the breathtaking Ta Prohm. Swallowed up in jungle, Ta Prohm gives you an idea of how it must have felt to hack through dense jungle, Indiana Jones-style, to rediscover these mighty temples as the French colonisers did in the 19th century. The best way to get around the temples is on a tuk tuk-style motorbike for about US$15 a day. Elephant rides are available for US$10 between Angkor Thom and the Bayon temple. If you spend a night in Phnom Penh, take time to see a darker side of Cambodian history at Tuol Sleng Museum, a high school that became the largest centre for detention and torture under the murderous regime of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. The 'killing fields' of Choeung Ek, with its monument of 8,000 skulls, is 15km from central Phnom Penh. Where should I stay? Packages to Siem Reap from Hong Kong are so cheap that you tend to get best value for money by going for the most expensive option. The Grand Hotel d'Angkor costs US$300 a night upwards if you arrive independently, but is included as the top-end choice in most packages. Angkor Villa and La Residence d'Angkor are slightly less formal. When in Phnom Penh, stay at the Raffles if you can, or the Billabong. What shouldn't I miss? Try to catch your first glimpse of Angkor Wat at sunrise, before the crowds descend. Save your shopping for Phnom Penh, and visit Psar Tuoi Tom Pong, also known as the Russian Market. It is huge and has everything. Be prepared for beggars. (You are asking for trouble if you pull out a wad of US$100 notes to buy a postcard.) What will a weekend there cost me? You have three choices of airlines if you are looking for a package to Cambodia. The cheapest is with Siem Reap Airways, which flies direct to Siem Reap, but usually returns via Phnom Penh on package deals. This gives you a chance to stop over in the capital. Slightly more expensive are Vietnam Airlines and Cathay Pacific, which fly via Ho Chi Minh City and can include a stopover. Farrington American Express Travel Services ( www.amextravel.com.hk ) has three-day, two-night packages with all three airlines. These range from HK$2,590 for Siem Reap Airways and a stay at the Angkor Century Resort to HK$5,250 with Cathay Pacific and a stay at the Raffles Grand d'Angkor. A bonus night is not unusual. Westminster Travel ( www.westminster.com ) has similar deals, plus the five-day, four-night package with Siem Reap Airways at HK$2,650, with a stay at the Princess Angkor, and up to HK$5,450 at the Raffles Grand. It also offers a three-night deal split between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. Prices range from HK$2,490, with a stay at the Lotus Angkor in Siem Reap and the Phnom Penh Hotel, to HK$4,290 for the Grand Hotel D'Angkor and Raffles. Swire Travel ( www.swiretravel.com ) has three-day, two-night packages with Cathay Pacific, from HK$3,450 to HK$4,870, with a stopover option in Ho Chi Minh City. For HK$4,390 you can stay at the five-star Angkor Village. Swire also offers a four-day, three-night golf package with Siem Reap Airways, with a stay at the Sofitel Royal Angkor, for HK$3,590. The package includes an 18-hole round of golf or a two-hour massage.