Temples of Angkor
The Temples of Angkor are the
main draw to Cambodia and you
cannot fail to be impressed by the
scale, diversity and setting of this
ancient complex. It is thought that
Angkor may have been the largest
pre-industrial city in the world with
up to one thousand temples spread
over an area of 400 square miles.
The temples were constructed by
the Khmer Empire between the 9th
and 15th centuries and are today a
UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The principle temple is Angkor
Wat which was built in the 12th
century by King Suryavarman as his
mausoleum. It is very well preserved
and is intricately decorated with bas
reliefs. This temple is set among trees
and surrounded by a wide moat.
One of the most interesting temples
at Angkor is Ta Prohm which was
made famous as a setting for the
film Tomb Raider. This ruin has been
taken over by the surrounding
jungle and has trees growing over
and through the buildings making
it a memorable sight.
With white sand and a laid-back
atmosphere, Sihanoukville is a beautiful
yet relatively undiscovered seaside
destination. Relax on the beaches,
enjoy the local cuisine or take a trip to
the nearby tropical islands. Snorkelling,
scuba diving and fishing are also
available. Along the seashore, restaurants
and bars provide fun into the night.
Sihanoukville is situated on the Gulf of
Thailand, 3-4 hours from Phnom Penh