Angkor is extremely famous in South-East Asia and is arguably one of the most important archaeological sites in the region. Spanning across 400 square kilometres, its size is almost as impressive as its history. For centuries, Angkor was the centre of the Khmer empire which flourished from the 9th to the 15th century. Today, it can be found in the modern Cambodian town of Siem Reap. Some of the temples, including Angkor Wat – the largest religious monument in the world – the Bayon, Ta Prohm and Preach Khan are paradigms of Khmer architecture and have centuries-old symbolic significance.
Angkor Wat was originally built in dedication to Hinduism but towards the end of the 12th century it transformed into a Buddhist temple.
Built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th Century – it was dedicated to the Hindu God Vishnu, a deviation from the tradition of previous kings who dedicated their temples to Shaiva.
An UNESCO World Heritage Site:
Angkor Wat means “Temple City” or “City of Temples” in Khmer and is a symbol of Cambodia. The temple is featured on the country’s flag and has become a prime attraction for tourists.
If you’re planning on visiting the beautiful Angkor Wat, ensure to dress modestly – be respectful. Additionally, this will serve as protection from the sun.
WE RECOMMEND: Do not miss sunrise at the temples, it is simply breathtaking, and means that you will also avoid the hottest part of the day.
When to visit:
The best time to visit is between November and March, where the days are cool and dry, although it can become overly crowded.
June to October is the quieter period, tending to be hot and wet.
We would advise avoiding Cambodia in April where it is exceptionally hot.0