The Magic of Angkor Wat & Siem Reap
Updated: Aug 1
Known as the grandest treasure in Cambodia, Angkor Wat is a sprawling temple complex housing extraordinary architecture and serves as a serene Buddhist shrine. This UNESCO World Heritage Site and the surrounding area provide one of Southeast Asia's most distinctive experiences. Discover more about Angkor Wat as we share its unique features and how RLX can help you make the most of your time while there.
Located in the heart of Siem Reap in Cambodia, the Angkor Archaeological Park stretches over 155 square miles, consists of more than 1,000 buildings, and includes beautiful forested areas. Within the park, you will find Angkor Wat. This stunning temple is the world's largest religious structure and built by King Suryavarman II during the 12th century. Angkor Wat is one of more than a dozen impressive temples in the area and a shining example of Khmer architecture—built of stone and reflective of nature. Prangs, the intricately carved tower-like spires, are the most iconic element reflected in Angkor Wat. While some of the temples are partially in ruin, many remain intact as Buddhist shrines taking you back in history to ancient times.
To explore the most renowned shrines and temples in Angkor Wat, plan to spend two to three days. You can easily see the best of it within two days. Tack on an additional day if you prefer a more leisurely pace or wish to loop back to see your favorite temples again. Are you seeking a spectacular experience? Visit Angkor Wat at sunrise on your first day and earmark time for a sunset visit on the evening of your second day. Regardless of how you choose to venture through Angkor Wat, it's always a divine and spiritual escape. Don't miss Bayon Temple, Ta Prohm Temple, Phnom Bakheng, or Baphuon Temple—all of which tell their own story and are unique in their own right. Of course, there are plenty of stone structures to explore, and by the time you've toured them, you will have an endless admiration of Angkorian architecture and history.
In combination with Angkor Wat, the colorful and charming city of Siem Reap has much to embrace. As one of Cambodia's most popular areas, this city embodies an idyllic blend of modern and historic charms paying homage to their heritage.
Wander around The Old Market, where locals shop for produce, grains, meat, and so much more to gain a taste for everyday life. During one of your evenings in Siem Reap, take in an Apsara dance and dinner show to enjoy traditional cuisine and entertainment. The Cambodia Cultural Village is a delightful attraction showcasing the Cambodian way of life and the various local customs and practices. Looking to unwind or tap into your spiritual side? Participate in a yoga class or day at the spa. Consider yourself a "foodie" or someone who is game for new food experiences? You will enjoy the many varieties of rice, noodle, and fish dishes, as they reign supreme in Cambodia. Some favorites include Amok Fish, Lok Lak, Lap Khmer, Bamboo Sticky Rice, and Khmer Cakes. And believe it or not, Siem Reap is a paradise for beer enthusiasts because of its many local breweries and brewpubs.
Experiencing unique cultural connections and maximizing the most from your time in Angkor Wat and Siem Reap is essential. Here is where RLX consultants step in to make your trip the memory maker of a lifetime. We use our extensive travel expertise, deeply-rooted relationships with local tour guides and hoteliers, and meticulous planning skills to design a trip connecting you with Cambodia on every level you desire. Traveling abroad can be challenging to say the least—selecting the best accommodations, locating the "must-see" sights, navigating with local transportation, choosing the best places to dine. Let us help you make your vacation to Angkor Wat simply magical.
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