Angkor: top sights, images and video
The ancient city of Angkor located in the central north of Cambodia is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. It contains some of the biggest temples in the region and some of the world’s most breathtaking architectural wonders. Those sites are the remains of the old capital of the great Khmer Empire which lasted from 802 to 1432, once considered one of the largest cities in the world. Those multiple temples and monuments surrounded with a dense tropical forest, stretch over 400 km2, truly represent the grandeur of the past empire and are a symbol of one of the most remarkable place in South East Asia. The Angkor Archaeological complex is not only a UNESCO World Heritage site since1992 but also the jewel of Cambodia, attracting several millions of visitors each year. Some of the most important temples include the famous Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom with at its centre the Bayon Temple and further east the temple of Ta Prohm, each with countless sculptural decorations. Let’s discover each one of them.
Located only a few kilometres north of Siem Reap, Angkor Wat which can be translated to "City Temple" is perhaps the mostly know of all the Angkor archaeological sites. It is considered as one of the world’s most inspiring wonders, because of its grandeur, Khmer architectural balance and numerous sculptures adorning its walls. It is not only the most important tourist attraction of the country but also a very symbolic monument for Cambodian, even appearing on the national flag. It was built in 12 century for king Suryavarman II as part of the capital city of the Khmer Empire, first as a Hindu temple and then as a Buddhist Wat.
Angkor Thom and Bayon
Angkor Thom meaning "Great City" is located further north of Angkor Wat. It is said to be the last enduring capital city of the Khmer empire and some believe to have sustained a population of up to 150,000 people during its great years. It was built at the end of the 12 century by king Jayavarman VII. It has an area of 9 km² with at its centre the state temple of Bayon. The temple of Bayon includes some 54 towers each with four faces; some believe representing a combination of the King and Buddha. Other beautiful religious monuments can be found further north including Baphuon and Phimeanakas.
Ta Prohm overview
Ta Prohm is located on the east side of the Angkor Complex. As Angkor Thom it was built in the late 12 century by king Jayavarman VII. It is best known for a perfect mix of nature and human handiwork with old large trees embracing marvellous stonework. This architectural and natural beauty even became the background of the famous Hollywood film Tomb Raider with Angelina Jolie.
Siem Reap overview
As the Angkor complex itself has no facilities or accommodations, the nearest town of Siem Reap with its own airport is the main point of entry for visitors. What was once a small village soon became one of the primary destinations in Cambodia. This mid size town has plenty of hotels, restaurants and shops to choose from, and is a perfect place to unwind after a day of sightseeing.
Siem Reap best hotels
Siem Reap has some of Angkor’s and Cambodia most sought after accommodations. We have selected some of the finest 5 Stars and 4 Stars that offer great value for money.
Check out the best hotel deals in Angkor, with up to 75% discount.
- La Residence d’Angkor Hotel, 5 Stars Hotel
- The Privilege Floor, 5 Stars Hotel
- Sokha Angkor Resort, 5 Stars Hotel
- Borei Angkor Resort & Spa, 5 Stars Hotel
- Sokhalay Angkor Resort & Spa, 5 Stars Hotel
- Sojourn Boutique Villas, 4 Stars Hotel
- Siddharta Boutique Hotel, 4 Stars Hotel
- Pippeli Pensione, 4 Stars Hotel
- Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa, 4 Stars Hotel
- The Moon Boutique Hotel, 4 Stars Hotel
The following is a selection of some of Angkor’s best photographs. It includes some of the city’s most important sites such as the Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon, Ta Prohm and Siem Reap.
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Best of Angkor video
The following is an HD Film about the best of Angkor edited from the footage taken during our visit. It includes some of the city’s most important sites such as Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon, Ta Prohm and Siem Reap.