Cambodia - land of Angkors
Cambodia was once of the home of the powerful Khmer kingdom, and to this day, the country dazzles with its timeless architectural treasures. Perhaps none is quite as grand as Angkor Wat, the sprawling complex considered the heart of Cambodia. The country's soul, on the other hand, is very much alive in the gracious smile of a saffron-robed monk or the friendly hospitality of villagers living along the Mekong River.
Siem Reap, Cambodia's cultural capital, is the Southeast Asian city of many people's dreams: with its tiny city center huddled around one open-air market and not a chain restaurant in sight, it serves as an authentic trip destination and relaxed home base for exploring the wealth of nearbywats (temples). Open-air cafes and eateries dot the small streets, perfect perches from which to watch monks balanced on motorbike taxis whiz by and locals shopping for produce.
With Vietnam Alive's Cambodia Travel, discover Angkor Wat away from the crowds by entering through the back with our expert tour guide, a local of Siem Reap with intimate knowledge of the history and best sights of this magnificent complex. Visit Ta Prohm — the romantic temple half-engulfed by the encroaching rainforest — early in the morning to beat the heat and other visitors. Travel to lesser-known areas, including Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre, for a comprehensive look at the breadth of artistry and engineering of the Khmer culture.