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The POSH Guide to Angkor Wat & Siem Reap

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The capital of the Khmer kingdom in northwestern Cambodia remains one of the most outstanding legacies of the ancient world. Many have the impression that Angkor Wat is a single temple, when in fact there are more than 40 sites still recognizable to this day. Visitors planning to see the ruins should allow at least three full days to get a good overview. Five days is ideal. See the "Planning Your Trip" page for more advice.

Your base for any visit to the temples will be the modern day town of Siem Reap. It is located just a few miles outside of the temple complex. Most visitors arrive there by air, although road and water transport are also possible. See our page about getting there for more information.

See the guidebook page for a couple of recommended books on the temples themselves. The general guides to Cambodia listed will also contain extensive information about the temples.

Map of Siem Reap & Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat Map

While many people visit only the temples at Angkor, bypassing the capital of Phnom Penh is a mistake. While there isn't a lot to see in the city, there are some interesting sights, such as the royal palace and national museum. More importantly, the small capital on the banks of the river from the great lake is a laid back place to rest up and enjoy some good food and good shopping.


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