Close to 2 million people visit this ancient city in Cambodia.

National Geographic Travel takes you to Angkor where you’ll find Angkor Wat and Angkor Tom, both protected as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Angkor is 4 miles from the city of Siem Reap.

It has an area of 400 square miles stretching from Myanmar to Vietnam. The Khmer Empire’s various capitals once thrived here from the 9th to the 15th century.

The most visited area in this ancient stone city is Angkor Wat which is considered the most famous of all of Cambodia’s temples.

You’ll find Buddha relief galleries narrating the tales of Cambodia’s history and legends.

Visitors of Angkor also get to see artificial canals, dikes and reservoirs used by residents of the old civilization.

If you are interested in visiting Angkor, you can travel by plane or by boat.

The airport in Siem Reap has regular flights from Phnom Penh and nearby countries like the Philippines.

You can also take a boat ride from Phnom Penh. It will take you between 5 to 6 hours, or about the same travel time if you would ride the bus.

Arriving in Siem Reap, you’ll find lodging, dining and tour packages to fit for any budget.

The dry months of December and January are the best times to visit. But these months are also the peak of tourist arrivals so expect a big crowd. If you prefer a smaller crowd, the place is open for tourists any time of the year.

It is still a mystery for scientists why the rulers abandoned the city. Perhaps you can solve the mystery when you visit Angkor.

Khmer Empire

The ancient capitals of the Khmer Empire house some of the most remarkable architectural and artistic accomplishments of the ancient world. https://on.natgeo.com/2OkF08m

Posted by National Geographic Travel on Saturday, 29 September 2018

 

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