Once the seat of the ancient Khmer Empire, over one thousand temple ruins dot the Angkor region, encircling the fun town of Siem Reap with its chic luxury hotels, and some of Cambodia's finest restaurants. The main draw is, of course, the majestic UNESCO World Heritage Site Angkor temple complex. From the iconic sunrise shot of Angkor Wat's three lotus-shaped domes, 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 region 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. The town is also home to a plethora of galleries and workshops, with Siem Reap at the heart of the arts revival in Cambodia. To add an original twist to Siem Reap holidays, we can organise day trips to lovely Tonle Sap Lake.
Contact one of our Cambodia specialists + 44 (0) 20 3958 6120
Firstly we had a great holiday. Thank you for organising everything at such last minute. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip from start to finish and it all worked very smoothly (thanks!). Pace was really good too - not too hurried but never felt we were killing time.