Siem Reap

Siem Reap, located in northwestern Cambodia, is the gateway to the world-famous Angkor temple complex, which includes the magnificent Angkor Wat. The province also contains a vibrant capital city boasting many luxury hotels, beautifully-aged colonial buildings, a buzzing Pub Street, silk farms, markets, and much more. The city of Siem Reap, also the capital of the province, is a ‘must-visit’ destination for all visitors to Cambodia. This is where the glorious 12th Century Angkor Wat temple, the largest religious building in the world, is located. Situated on the northern bank of the Tonle Sap Great Lake, this mesmerizing eighth wonder of the world can be easily accessed by plane, land, and boat. The ruins of Angkor, located in thick jungle, are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are over one thousand temples ranging in scale from nondescript piles of rubble scattered through rice fields to the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat--the best-preserved temple. Apart from the legacy of the vast Angkor temple complex, Siem Reap has a lot more to offer to tourists, from the spectacular floating village on the Tonle Sap Lake to the heritage site of the Kulen Mountain, to the recently discovered Koh Ker ruins. In town, there are a bevy of ethnic craft shops, galleries, cafes, eateries and top-notch restaurants serving every type of cuisine. The famous ‘Pub Street’ and the night markets of Siem Reap are now renowned tour destinations in their own rights. Additionally, siilk farms, rice-paddy countryside, fishing villages and a very rich bird sanctuary near the Tonle Sap Lake make Siem Reap one of the most captivating places in the world.

Ta Som Temple

Ta Som Temple is a small temple built at the end of the 12th century for King Jayavarman VII. The King dedicated the temple to his father Dharanindravarman II (Paramanishkalapada) who was King of the Khmer Empire from 1150 to 1160.Ta Som is located north east of Angkor Thom and just east of Neak Pean. This temple consists of a single shrine located on one level and surrounded by enclosure laterite walls.

Preah Khan Temple

Preah Khan Temple Another temple highlight is Preah Khan. This is the second largest temple enclosure. Within its square kilometre enclosure lies a temple complex which is almost as atmospheric as Ta Prohm.It is very much better preserved; though still has some eerie root formations; the most impressive being shown here. Preah Khan had an army of 50,000 to service the temple. It must have been an amazing sight.

Angkor Wat Temple

Angkor Wat Temple at Sunrise reflected in its moat, There is nothing like Angkor Wat anywhere on this planet! The Angkor Temples are spread out over a vast 100sq kilometre jungle site. At its core the 9sq Km Angkor Thom, or Great City, is contained with high square walls with huge faces carved in the spectacular gateways. Many of the fabulous sights within it, are a world class attractions in their own right.

Angkor Wat South Gate

Angkor Wat South Gate But this is just the starting point. Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world is so big as to be hard to take in at once. The 200 metres wide moat and causeway with the 350 meters entrance portico is impressive enough, but the grandeur within its square mile of walls is truly stunning. Over 1 kilometer of spectacular carvings lie within its outer galleries and a vast labyrinth of passages, courtyards and the five lotus flower towers at its centre.

Mebon Temple

The Eastern Mebon temple once was located on an islet in a large water basin (the Eastern Baray) which today is dry. The Eastern Mebon was built during the reign of Rajendravarman II (944-968) who named the temple 'Yashodharatataka' (the reservoir of Yashodhara).The Eastern Mebon is a Hindu temple with a pyramidal shape representing the mythical Mt Meru, with five shrine towers at its top.