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