Angkor Wat in Cambodia

A Guide to the Angkor Temples in Cambodia

Angkor Wat in Cambodia and the surrounding Khmer temples are one of the most spectacular archaeological sites in Asia — millions of tourists come to Siem Reap to visit the ancient remnants of a vast empire.

The Angkor Archaeological Park became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. New ruins are discovered frequently. In 2007, a team of archaeologists realized that Angkor, spread over at least 390 square miles, was the largest preindustrial city in the world at one time.

The most popular temples are as follows:

  • Angkor Wat (main site)
  • Angkor Thom
  • Preah Khan
  • Banteay Srei
  • Bayon
  • Ta Prohm (the Tomb Raider temple)
  • Bakong

Angkor is located just 20 minutes north of Siem Reap in Cambodia. There are many options for moving between Siem Reap and Angkor Wat.

The best time to go to Angkor Wat is during dry season between November and April. Heavy rain in the monsoon months makes scrambling around the ruins outside a soggy experience.

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