Siem Reap, a resort town in northwestern Cambodia, is the gateway to the ruins of Angkor, the seat of the Khmer kingdom from the 9th–15th centuries. Angkor’s vast complex of intricate stone buildings includes preserved Angkor Wat, the main temple, which is pictured on Cambodia’s flag. Giant, mysterious faces are carved into the Bayon Temple at Angkor Thom.
Many tourists travel for only two to three days from Thailand or Vietnam over the border to Cambodia and visit the famous temple complex Angkor Wat. But the country in Southeast Asia has so much more to offer because, in addition to great beaches and untouched nature, there are some cultural highlights to admire in the cities. If you want to experience pure luxury on your entire tour, but here is out of place, because often the accommodations are rather simple, especially in the small towns. But that does not matter because then you experience the country much more authentic. It’s best to spend around three weeks exploring the stunning cultural treasures, pristine beaches and the urban capital of Phnom Penh.