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Exciting Places to visit in Cambodia – Historic Khmer Empire

Exciting, historic and full of exotic wonders, Cambodia has much to be discovered. Wander through the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat, discover the verdant countryside's and enjoy street shopping.

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Discover Siem Reap

The first thing to strike you about Siem Reap is the stunning scenery. Home of the mighty Khmer Empire in Siem Reap things to do are plenty.

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Visit the Temples of Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is deemed one of the world's largest buildings dedicated to religion. It is an iconic marvel that depicts the might of the 'God Kings' that ruled the nation. This is probably one of the most prominent of sites for the Hindu faith. Angkor Wat is one of the world's leading ancient city's that will not disappoint the culture buff and adventurer. The marvellous architecture and sheer grandeur of the complex is one to be marvelled. It is in fact one the nations most revered pilgrim sites. Do leave aside a day or two for a thorough scout of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Explore Phnom Penh Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda

This marvellous complex was established in 1866. The Khmer style architecture and throne room promise to impress while the golden rooftops will dazzle and transport you to an ancient era. The Silver Pagoda is a must visit; this room which was built out of wood in 1866 was refurbished by King Sihanouk in 1962 with 5329 silver tiles – making it quite a glamourous site. Past the throne room you will come across the Royal Treasury and also what is known as the 'Villa Napoleon III.' This was constructed in 1866 in Egypt and later presented to the King of Cambodia – in commemoration of the Suez Canal being opened. If you love a touch of royalty book yourself into one of Cambodia's finest luxury resorts, enjoy traditional décor and impeccable service at these elegant Siem Reap hotels. 15 minutes from Angkor Wat is the Anantara Angkor Resort.

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The Bayon

The Bayon is found in the centre of Angkor Thom; it is in fact the pulse of the entire complex. The Bayon Temple is significant for its huge stone images. This is a Buddhist Temple that was constructed in the late 12th century by King Jayavarman VII. The marvellous architecture and huge carved stone faces that make up Bayon Temple are quite impressive and well worth the visit.

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Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm promises you an 'Indians Jones' experience. This ancient temple also belonging to Angkor sits right in the middle of the jungle. The complex is covered in wines and brush land and exudes a lost city ambiance. Ta Prohm was constructed between the 12th and 13th centuries by Buddhist King Jayavarman VII.

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Tonle Sap Lake in Siem Reap

This is South East Asia's largest fresh water lake. The lake runs into the Tonle Sap River which in turn joins the Mekong River. During the rainy season the Mekong River feeds the Tonle Sap River with so much water that it reverses its flow, which during the dry season, causes a surge in the Tonle Sap Lake – making it five times its size. This astounding phenomenon of nature has made the land around the lake one of the world's richest eco systems in terms of biodiversity. Do visit the area for views of lush countryside's and also a scout of the well known floating villages of Tonle Sap.