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Siem Reap Province in northwestern Cambodia was the center of the Angkor Empire, which lasted from 902 AD, when King Jayavarman II chose Phnom Kulen as his royal capital, until 1431, when the Thai armies invaded Angkor and the Khmers abandoned their empire. Today the extensive remains of huge Brahman and Buddhist temple complexes, known for their lofty, intricately carved stone-block towers and long, cavernous gallery halls, testify to Angkor's former wealth and majesty. Often collectively referred to as "Angkor Wat," the main historical area outside Siem Reap consists of multiple sites, including Angkor Wat itself, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm and ...

Siem Reap Province in northwestern Cambodia was the center of the Angkor Empire, which lasted from 902 AD, when King Jayavarman II chose Phnom Kulen as his royal capital, until 1431, when the Thai armies invaded Angkor and the Khmers abandoned their empire. Today the extensive remains of huge Brahman and Buddhist temple complexes, known for their lofty, intricately carved stone-block towers and long, cavernous gallery halls, testify to Angkor's former wealth and majesty. Often collectively referred to as "Angkor Wat," the main historical area outside Siem Reap consists of multiple sites, including Angkor Wat itself, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm and many more. Once a sleepy backwater, Siem Reap has become a lively town of sidewalk cafes, lively pubs, and art galleries since the defeat of the Khmer Rouge and the surge in popularity of the Angkor ruins. Accommodations range from inexpensive rooms in old French shophouses to some of the most elegant hotels in Southeast Asia. Aside from touring the historic temple sites, a visit to nearby Tonle Sap, Southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake, offers a chance to view traditional villages built on stilts along the water's edge.

Joe Cummings
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Joe Cummings has contributed to more than 35 guidebooks, maps, atlases, phrasebooks and photographic works, including his bestselling Lonely Planet Thailand and Buddhist Stupas of Asia: The Shape of Perfection.

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  • Best Time to Visit:

    November through February (cooler and dry), June to October (warm and rainy)