What Is Angkor Wat? UNESCO World Heritage Angkor, near Siem Riep, Cambodia, is a site you don’t want to miss.
Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Stretching over some 400 km2, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century. They include the famous Temple of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations. UNESCO has set up a wide-ranging programme to safeguard this symbolic site and its surroundings.
Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world. The initial design and construction of the temple took place in the first half of the 12th century, during the reign of Suryavarman II (ruled 1113 – c. 1150). It was originally constructed as a Hindu temple of god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire, gradually transforming into a Buddhist temple towards the end of the 12th century as his state temple and eventual mausoleum. The site covers 162.6 hectares (402 acres).
Be sure to visit Angkor while in Cambodia. Here are a few tours to keep you hopping.
River Cruise – here is an 8 day tour aboard a classic riverboat sailing from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City. Get a true taste of river cruising while visiting the Cai Be floating market, the fishing port of Kampong Chhnang, and stilt villages like Chnok Tru. From $1954 CAD ($1533 US), book by August 29, for select dates to Dec 31.
Cambodia Experience – 9 days Ho Chi Minh to Bangkok. Soak up the colours, culture, and history of this incredible region. Its natural beauty coupled with tumultuous history make Cambodia a truly fascinating destination from $1062 CAD ($833 US) departures August and Sept.
Cycle Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok – 12 days from $2422 CAD ($1900 US). Roll past the temples of stunning Angkor Wat, cruise around Phnom Penh, and enjoy the villages and rural life around Siem Reap. Book by Aug 23, for select departures Sept 1 – Dec 16.