In the ninth century, the Khmer established Angkor as the capital of their huge kingdom stretching from present-day Thailand to Vietnam's Mekong Delta. For the next six centuries they ruled one of the largest empires in South East Asia. Angkor cultivated a power base of a mighty military and political force, and a rich and sophisticated civilisation. The ruins seen today represent successive capitals constructed by a dozen Khmer kings, between the 9th and 13th Centuries. These were cities of massive stone temples, wide majestic causeways, thrusting towers and imposing gates. The sheer size and magnificence of Angkor Wat is compelling.
There is plenty of lively night-life available in Siem Reap. From dinner theatre with traditional cuisine and performing arts to Western bars, there should be something to suit your preference. Most of the popular bars, both Cambodian and Western in style, are at the Old Market area.
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At this city, you can visit one of the most well-preserved temples in the world, the wonder which is Angkor Wat. This is the biggest Hindu temple in the world to enjoy with the longest lively carving wall of more than 2000 meters long by 2 meters high, excluding relief on ceiling and on hundreds of roof supporting pillars. After completed the tour around all the most visited temples in Angkor area, you still have time to admire whole view of Angkor Wat temple, rice paddy, north east highland and active reservoir of West Baray and to get fresh air on the summit of Phnom Bakeng hill till sun set.
It’s not all about archaeological complexes in Siem Reap! Just a few kilometres away is Tonle Sap, ones of the planet’s most productive ecosystems. Join us for this tour and watch the locals forage for survival in a veritable water world that evokes an almost pre-historic lifestyle. Begin your adventure in authentic Cambodian style as we travel by remork (the local variant of tuk-tuk) through the countryside to Tonle Sap. This UNESCO Biosphere Reserve changes radically depending on the time of year. In the wet season, the lake swells to about 12,000km.sq. while during the dry season it shrinks to 2,500km.sq. Each year, millions of fish come to spawn in the seasonally flooded forest surrounding the lake, attracting a myriad of water birds as well as people, who have settled in villages along the shores and who live with the rhythm of the water.