Top destinations for travel are always changing. Recent trends have seen an increase in the popularity of sites not just in Europe but in Asia and the Middle East as well. One of this years winners for travelers who love learning about art, history and culture is in the Siem Reap Province of Cambodia. Home to Angkor Wat, an ancient temple complex and UNESCO World Heritage site, this region is welcoming millions more tourists in recent years. Christy Spensberger invites you to come with us we take a closer look at this unique and historic destination and all it has to offer you.
A province located in the northwestern part of Cambodia, Siem Reap is the main tourist area in all of Cambodia. From the capital city of Siem Reap to the most famous site, the Angkor Temple Complex, this region has grown significantly in the 15 years and has been transformed into a haven for travelers with endless choices in terms of attractions, dining and accommodation.
What to See
Of course visiting Siem Reap is mostly about the temples, but there are other experiences worth checking out as well including the Old Market. A traditional market for the region, it is filled with amazing foods both known and unknown to America tourists and always busy. Another thing you should do while visiting this diverse region is to take advantage of what the country is known for, its handmade goods. Just outside the market are many shops featuring handmade goods which are much more than a “typical” souvenir. A great way to embrace the local culture and get something to take home, it is a fun way to enjoy an afternoon or a day.
About Ankor Wat
Siem Reap is filled and surrounded by temples you won’t want to miss however, the star of the show, Angkor, will leave you awestruck. A world heritage site, Angkor Wat is certainly a wonder of the world. Considered one of the most important archeological sites in all of Southeast Asia, Angkor Wat is an Archeological park which contains the ruins of a number of temples dating back to the 9th through the 15th centuries.
Occupied for generation, it was virtually abandoned by the late 16th century Undiscovered or even unseen by westerners for generations, the first Western person to see the complex with in the late 16th century after it was already falling into disrepair. Even at this time, this first visitor described the site as something which could not fully be explained.
Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992, the site is now protected for generations to come. Visitors to Angkor Wat are witness to one of the most iconic sites which exemplifies the culture, religion and art of the region and its people.
Truly an adventure like no other, Angkor Wat inspires people from around the world and allows them to experience history and culture on a level hard to match elsewhere in the world today.