Angkor Wat Temple
Angkor Wat Temple

For many people, Angkor Wat alone justifies a trip to Southeast Asia. Located in Cambodia, it is considered as the largest religious monument in the world. Like many sites in the Angkor Archeological Park, this breathtaking temple dates to the 12th century, with its unique west-facing orientation indicating that it was intended as a mausoleum for its creator, Suryavarman II.

Angkor Wat’s colossal size reflects its ambition: this was intended as no less than a microcosm of the universe. Nonetheless it’s difficult to get lost here, with the complex arranged on three tiers and the instantly recognizable 5 inner and 4 outer towers of the raised central temple serving as orientation points. And they make a particularly majestic sight reflected in the nearby water basin.

Every surface in this well-preserved complex is covered with intricate carvings reflecting Hindu cosmology and the Khmers’ military triumphs.

The temple of Angkor Wat has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country’s prime attraction for visitors. According to Phnompenh Post, in 2014 there are more than two million foreigners visited the site.

The closest major city and launching pad for tours here is Siem Reap. There are many hotels available in Siem Reap, from budget hotels to luxurios one.

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From Siem Reap, you may visit many tourist attractions, not only Angkor Wat Temple, but there are also Bayon Temple, Angkor Thom, Tonlé Sap, Phnom Kulen National Park, and many more.

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Some activities or things to do you may do during your visit to Siem Reap are sightseeing the site by walk, bike, or by Tuk Tuk, or even by helicopter. You can also go to Phsar Chas (old market), Phnom Kulen National Park, etc.

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