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Setting sail from Siem Reap
The town of Siem Reap is a pleasant enough place in its own right, but that's not why so many people flock here; this is the gateway to the sprawling ruins of Angkor, the spectacular seat of the ancient Khmer empire. The temple of Angkor Wat is the most famous, and some might say the most beautiful, of the structures that stand amongst the jungle around Siem Reap. We recommend getting here early in the morning if you can, to avoid the crowds. Other notable sights include the ruined city of Angkor Thom and the eerie temple of Ta Prohm, which has been left more or less as it was found, overgrown with vegetation, the stones gripped by huge tree roots.
Sunrise and sunset at the temples. An early morning will be well rewarded when you see the magical atmosphere the light creates at this time.
Cambodia: Prek Toal Village
Cambodia: Chnok Tru
Cambodia: Kampong Chhnang
The town of Kampong Chhnang lies at the centre of the province of the same name, and the busy dock is a hub for exploration of the Tonle Sap river. Nearby you will find picturesque floating villages and lush green rice fields, and the region is known for its pottery.
Cambodia: Koh Chen
Cambodia: Oknha Tey Village
Arriving in Phnom Penh
Cambodia's lively, youthful capital has shown a remarkable resilience in bouncing back from the horrors of the Khmer Rouge regime. The beautiful Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda shouldn't be missed, while the former Tuol Sleng prison is a harrowing reminder of Phnom Penh's recent past. The riverside Sisowath Quay is a pleasant place for a promenade, and you can stop for a drink overlooking the Mekong at the famous Foreign Correspondents' Club.
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Where to stay in Siem Reap
La Residence d’Angkor edges in front as our favourite.
Touring the temples
A tour of the main sites at Angkor can be squeezed into a day, but take three days to explorer the outer temples and learn more about the medieval world's greatest metropolis.