A floating house in the middle of Tonle Sap Lake is a great spot to watch the world drift by - take a picnic.
Katie, Original Traveller
Once the seat of the ancient Khmer Empire, over one thousand temple ruins remain in the Angkor region, encircling the town of Siem Reap with its chic luxury hotels, and some of Cambodia's finest restaurants.
Why we think you’ll love it
- The iconic Angkor Wat never fails to impress, even with the crowds it attracts at sunrise!
- Explore a different way of life, visiting the floating fishing villages on the great Tonle Sap lake
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Holidays to Siem Reap & Visiting Angkor Wat: The Detail
The main draw is, of course, the majestic UNESCO heritage Angkor temple complex. From the iconic sunrise shot of Angkor Wat's three lotus shaped peaks, to the jungle clad ruins of Ta Prohm, there are plenty of archaeological gems to explore.
The vast complex contains the remains of the former imperial capitals of the Khmer civilisation that ruled this part of the world between the 9th and 14th centuries. After falling under Thai rule in the 14th century, a Khmer rebellion in the 15th century resulted in the empire moving South, and so the temples of Angkor were abandoned and forgotten for several centuries.
The town of Siem Reap is the perfect base from which to explore the temples, offering a plethora of luxury hotels, and a booming gastronomy scene. Many of Cambodia's finest restaurants lay in Siem Reap, alongside stylish cocktail bars and a bustling nightlife.
The town is also home to a vast array of galleries and workshops, with Siem Reap at the heart of the arts revival in Cambodia.