Cambodia is a mystical realm of fascinating temples, scenery and culture. This country is also the home of one of the world’s most captivating archaeological sites, Angkor, a 400 square kilometre area of enchanting visual intrigue and intrinsic national heritage. A comprehensive UNESCO programme has been established to ensure the safeguarding of this Cambodian jewel, agreed to be one of the most monumental and impressive throughout Southeast Asia.
Located close to the northern city of Siem Reap, Angkor is a myriad of stunning temples and inspiring hydraulic structures ranging from reservoirs to basins and canals. Prevailing as a major route of communication over the centuries, Angkor was originally the political and cultural hub of the Khmer Kingdom. This exceptional civilisation have made their mark on Southeast Asia with this concentration of unique monuments, water features and urban planning. A testament to the intuition of passed civilisations, Angkor can be appreciated from all angles via numerous tours. Most tours of Angkor will illustrate how the architecture of the Khmer community not only linked closely with the geographical surroundings, but is also imbedded with symbolic significance. The layout and elements of Angkor bears witness to the well established social order and ranking system which was predominant within this civilisation.
This enchanting part of Cambodia’s history has been well documented since the 1990s and boasts a huge roster of interesting visiting points. Angkor Wat is one of the most famous temples and although it was initially constructed as a Hindu place of worship, it was converted into a Buddhist temple around the 12th century. Surrounding this masterpiece of construction lies the Angkor archaeological park, a stunning plethora of grounds which are occupied by scores of other temples built by the Khmer Empire. Numerous remains of Khmer art can be found here as well as key pieces of evidence which illustrates just how colourful the empire’s history was. A number of the Angkor temples have been left predominantly undisturbed, due to their natural beauty, partially caused by the flamboyant overgrowth of vegetation. Tours to Angkor are available with Your Vietnam Travel and can be arranged at almost any time of year.