Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples are justifiably regarded as one of the seven wonders of the world. From the magnificent temples of Angkor, we travel slowly...
Situated in the heart of South-East Asia bordering Vietnam to the east, Laos to the north and Thailand in the west. Cambodia has a rich and glorious history, most famously represented by Angkor Wat, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and an unequalled feat in ancient architecture. The once mighty Khmer Empire flourished during the Angkorian period between the 9th and 14th centuries when it was the cultural centre of the region and exerted its influence over Vietnam, Laos and Thailand. For many of today’s travellers the incredible architectural legacy left from this period of history, the temples of Angkor, are without doubt the main reason for visiting Cambodia. The base for exploring the temples of Angkor is the provincial capital, Siem Reap. The empire produced Angkor Wat, - a peak matched only by the horrifying trough of the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime.
Angkor Wat is the cultural home of Khmer people, its form has appeared as an icon in various guises and today it is easy recognizable in the center of the national flag. Neither words nor pictures can do it justice. Angkor Wat is a legacy of the might that was once the Khmer Empire, a detailed history of which has been carved into the many walls of this fortified temple. The temple is accessible by a giant stone causeway across the hundred and ninety meter wide moat, an incredible feat of engineering in itself.
Phnom Penh is the capital and largest city of Cambodia, located at the confluence of the Mekong and the Tonle Sap rivers. Phnom Penh is considered as one of the most beautiful cities of the Orient, it still retains much of its original charm with the exotic roof lines of Khmer temples contrasting with some classic European architecture from the French colonial years.