Angkor Wat was built in the 12th
C. at the peak of the Khmer empire.It is considered to be one
of the master pieces of religious architecture and one of the
best of the 7 wonders of the world.,
Though the city itself has been overgrown by the forest, still
the quality, size and scale of the temple ruins are awesome.
This is one of the world's must see sights.
The current political stability
within Cambodia has finally allowed the long awaited boom in
the tourism industry in the Angkor area. This has both advantages
& disadvantages for the traveller. Improved services mean
a greater variety & choice of guest-houses, restaurants,
bars & shops. However, large tour parties & increased
numbers of sellers make the temples themselves increasingly busy
which can quickly affect the magical atmosphere. This can be
a problem during major holidays (Christmas, Chinese New Year,
Khmer New Year).
Siem Reap is a small pleasant
town which is easy to explore on foot or with a moto. Although
it has few street names, you soon get to know your way around.
There is a small market, Psah Chas, best seen early in the day
& increasing numbers of hotels, guesthouses, restaurants
& bars in & around the town which still retains it's
charm. Siem Reap is perfectly safe at night as in the day.