Visit the incredible temples of Angkor Wat

Lying in the northwest of Cambodia, close to the Tonle Sap Lake, Siem Reap is predominantly known as the gateway to the Temples of Angkor. Once a collection of villages built around pagodas and surrounded by rice paddies, the city has benefited from its proximity to the ancient sites. Modern Siem Reap has a delightful mixture of colonial and Cambodian styles plus a fantastic dining and arts scene as well as vibrant nightlife similar to a Thai beach resort. The city’s compelling Angkor National Museum highlights the fascinating history of the nearby Temples of Angkor.

  • There is no doubt the major draw here are the incredible Temples of Angkor
  • The mysterious and relatively secluded Beng Mealea temple is well worth a visit and a photographer’s dream as the ruins have been reclaimed by nature
  • The city's excellent air links to Bangkok make it a popular and easy addition to many Thailand and Indochina itineraries
  • Discover the beautiful ruins of Ta Prohm which are entiwined by vines and have been swallowed up by the jungle
  • Siem Reap is emerging as a culinary hot spot in South East Asia with a wide range of good dining spots from hawker stalls to upscale venues

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Time difference:

GMT +7 hours


Cambodian Riel. US dollars are also widely accepted, and the Thai Baht can be used in many places.

Flying time to destination:

12½ hours

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When to visit

Jan 32°c
Feb 34°c
Mar 36°c
Apr 36°c
May 34°c
Jun 32°c
Jul 32°c
Aug 32°c
Sep 31°c
Oct 31°c
Nov 30°c
Dec 31°c
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Kuoni Insider

Siem Reap is the gateway to Angkor Wat and I have wanted to visit this temple system for many years. I had always been fascinated by the fact that over 1000 years ago when London had 50,000 residents the area that encompassed Angkor Wat was a city of a million people.

Angkor Wat, is one of the most elaborate temple complexes in the world with its iconic 5 towers and stunning architecture. Sunrise and Sunset at Angkor Wat are a must see and will leave you with unbelievable memories and photographs for a lifetime.

Ken Brissenden