Angkor / Siem Reap
The temples of Angkor are the absolute highlight of your trip to Cambodia. For nearly six centuries, Angkor was the political and religious center of the Khmer empire. The temples are majestic, awe-inspiring, mysterious and spread over a large area. The Khmer Empire was abandoned early 15th century and rediscovered only in the late 19th century. Until today, many temples have been swallowed by the jungle.
Siem Reap is a pleasant town in French colonial style and from here you visit the temples of Angkor Wat. It houses many (boutique) hotels, cozy restaurants and trendy bars.
'small circuit' (minimum 1 day)
• Angkor Wat: the temple of temples, the largest religious building in the world
• Bayon: the temple with the mysterious faces
• Terrace of the Leper King
• Elephants Terrace
• Ta Prohm: still partly overgrown by jungle
'big circuit' (minimum 2 days)
• the 'small circuit' is expanded to include the outer temple Preah Khan, Preah Neak Pean, Pre Rup
Outside Siem Reap
• Banteay Srei (30 km): This temple has stunning red sandstone reliefs
• Roluosgroep (13 km): Preah Ko, Bakong and Lolei: oldest monument in the area of Angkor
• Tonle Sap: largest freshwater lake in South East Asia. In the rainy season this gigantic lake has 5x the size as in dry season. It is extraordinary to see how the fishermen and their families live in the (floating) villages.
• Kompong Khleang: in the rainy season, the water comes up to the door. It is the largest village on the Tonle Sap lake. In the dry season the houses stand on immense piles.
• Kompong Phluk: this floating village has a school, pagoda and the people all use paddling boats as mean of transport. It is close to the mangrove forests.
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