Angkor has earned such a worldwide reputation as a unique masterpiece of architecture and sculpture ever existed, and proudly stays among the new wonders of the modern world voted at different polls.
Less than 10km from the center of Siem Reap, Angkor is a huge complex of hundreds of temples, shrine, small vestiges, artificial lakes, stone towers, and many of them still carry the remained traces of the rain forest or jungle from the old time. Being the life-support system for the Angkor, Siem Reap itself is the epicenter of the speedily rising Cambodia. Yet, with efficient conservation efforts of the government and the locals, Siem Reap is still a small, charming town, with old French shop-houses, shady tree-lined boulevards and a slow-flow river, where you can board a boat trip to see a part of the Great Lake of Tonle Sap, which is a pride and significant living source of Cambodia.
Cambodia is not only famous for the Buddist temple and Angkok Wats, but also well-known for its appetizing and original cuisine. “Natural Sweetness” is the essence of Cambodian food, with vegetables and fruits being utilized largely, thanks to its rich resource all-year-round in a tropical country.
Siem Reap is the name of the most well-known province of Cambodia. It is located in the northwest of the country and has less than one million inhabitants. It is also home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site temples of Angkor, which were hidden for centuries in the jungles of Cambodia and belong to the most impressive monuments of human culture.
Our pick: Stay in Siem Reap at least three days for the Angkor; after visits in the daylight, sipping beer at the night market streets and chatting about the experience.
Visits to Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm and the museum; taking the Grand Circuit to reach temples located in rural villages
Excursions from Siem Reap to Battambang, the most intellectual city of Cambodia and to the great Preah Vihear near Thai border.
Charter helicopter or balloon to enjoy the panorama of Angkor; enjoying sunset from temples at Phnom Bakheng hill or Pre Rup temple.
Biking, motorbiking and tuktuk tour round the ruins.