The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh is one of the most impressive architectural and historic highlights of the city. The Palace was built as the residence of the Cambodian Kings in 1866 and today is again occupied by the current King and the Royal Family. The golden roofs and towers are visible from the river promenade and many spots in … Continue reading
The Aquarius Hotel & Urban Resort Phom Penh is a thoroughly modern hotel with industrial-chic rooms, friendly service and killer views from the rooftop infinity pool. You can walk to the Royal Palace, riverfront and countless bars and hotels from the location in the heart of Phnom Penh. Add good WiFi internet and a tasty breakfast at a great price … Continue reading
Rambutan Resort is a mid-range boutique hotel near Siem Reap’s old town. It’s a great base to explore the temples of Angkor Wat or the nightlife of the old town. Service is exceedingly friendly, you get stylish rooms with a relaxing outdoor tub and have access to a pool and spa! It’s good value, too, making Rambutan Siem Reap an … Continue reading
Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia, yet most visitors bypass the city and head straight to Siem Reap to see the story of the ancient Khmer capital with its amazing temples. But there are reasons why you should visit Phom Penh: It also has a story to tell, off the French Colonial period, the dreadful times of the Khmer … Continue reading
When visiting Siem Reap to see the ancient temples, Angkor Wat gets most of the attention as an overwhelmingly beautiful temple. While Angkor Thom might not have any single temple as impressive, the pure size of this ancient city complex is mind-boggling as you wander through it: From individual temples like the one above with its long causeway to the parade grounds with giant elephant statues and the huge faces staring at you from other temples, it is a grand complex far outstripping cities of the time in Europe.
Check out my Destination Guide Angkor to find out what else not to miss, where to stay and eat and how to get around – all on one page and in 5 minutes!
Banteay Srei Temple, Cambodia
The more visitors the famous temples of Angkor in Cambodia receive, the more the tours and guides seem to focus on the most popular ones, like Angkor Wat or the famous jungle temple of Ta Phrom, but if you want to see some impressive temples without the crowds, try to start the day early and go further to see the Citadel of the Women Banteay Srei, a smaller yet beautiful example of early Angkor Architecture!
To make the most out of your visit, I suggest to avoid the tour groups and crowds by going on your own. It’s easy – check out my Tips for getting around Angkor and Best Places to Stay in Angkor!
Even if you haven’t been to the famous temples of Angkor in Cambodia, you might have seen the famous jungle temple of Ta Phrom, with huge trees overgrowing the century old temples, courtesy of Angelina Jolie’s movie “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” from 2000.
And if you didn’t like the movie, it’s still worth visiting Angkor Wat – seeing this old city that had a population of 1 Million people when London only had 50,000 is fascinating and seeing the jungle reclaim its space is a powerful impression!
Angkor Wat is one of the most fascinating historic destinations – so much so that I have returned a few times to visit Siem Reap in Cambodia, just to keep approaching the majestic temple of Angkor Wat via the long causeway and past the reflecting pools with the amazing temple’s mirror image!
Angkor Wat is one of my Top 5 Historic Destinations and one of the most impressive sights I’ve seen. And, just like ocean front property they “don’t make ’em anymore”, so we have to protect mankind’s heritage, so that future generations can enjoy them and learn from them as well. But fortunately and surprisingly, there are still discoveries to be … Continue reading
You live in Asia and the many new low-cost carriers are making a trip abroad affordable? You want to learn about the amazing history and enjoy the local food of your neighboring countries, maybe do some shopping along the way? It’s doable on a budget with a week of time! Keep reading and get excited about traveling somewhere new, seeing something … Continue reading