What is Angkor Wat? Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Stretching over some 400 km², including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century, including the famous Temple of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations. The influence of Khmer art, as developed at Angkor was a profound one over much of South-East Asia and played a fundamental role in its distinctive evolution. Khmer architecture evolved largely from that of the Indian subcontinent, from which it soon became clearly distinct as it developed its own special characteristics, some independently evolved and others acquired from neighbouring cultural traditions. The result was a new artistic horizon in oriental art and architecture.,
Angkor was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1992 which provides funding for the extensive conservation work which started in 1986.
Angkor lies 5.5km north of the growing and bustling town of Siem Reap which has a large number of hotels and guest houses which serve the growing number of tourists to the area. Siem Reap has colonial and Chinese-style architecture in the Old French Quarter, and around the Old Market. In the city, there are traditional Apsara dance performances, craft shops, silk farms, rice-paddy countryside, fishing villages and a bird sanctuary near the Tonle Sap Lake.
You can Explore Angkor Wat ...and Beyond with your qualified guide Sophanna Muon, a native of Siem Reap with a wealth of local knowledge of Angkor as well as other areas of Cambodia.