Moon Angkor Wat

Including Siem Reap & Phnom Penh

First Edition, January 2013
Pages: 272

Price: $14.99 USD
ISBN: 9781612383668

Price: $9.99 USD
ISBN: 9781612383675

A group of young monks, their robes a luminous orange, cross the causeway. A stone’s throw away, rice paddies and golden temple roofs of Angkor shimmer in the morning sun. Monkeys swing from the trees and elephants stand in the shade nearby, waiting for passengers.

This is the trip of a lifetime. It will leave you with a new sense of wonder — and some great stories to share. Expert traveler Tom Vater tells you everything youneed to know to make this trip possible in Moon Angkor Wat: Including Siem Reap & Phnom Penh:

  • How to get there, how long it will take, and where to stop along the way — including information on the cities of Siem Riep, Battambang, and Phnom Penh as well as excursions to remote temples
  • How to choose the best means of transportation, whether you’re traveling by tuk-tuk, taxi, motorbike, or bicycle
  • Background on authentic cultural experiences, from street food feasts to New Year’s celebrations — and where to find them
  • Day-by-day itinerary suggestions

What’s inside Moon Angkor Wat

Enjoy the very best of Angkor Wat with these itineraries:
  • The Temples of Angkor
  • Cambodia’s Top 10 Temples
  • The Khmer Empire in One Week
  • Happy New Year, Cambodia Style
  • Two Weeks of Khmer Architecture and History
  • One Day in Phnom Penh
Explore what Angkor Wat has to offer.

Recommendations for the top sights, recreation, entertainment, hotels, and food in:

  • Siem Reap and Vicinity
  • Phnom Penh and Vicinity
  • Angkor including Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, The Temples of Angkor, and Vicinity of Angkor
  • Excursions including Bateay Chhmar and Around, Sambor Prei Kuk and Around, Preah Khan, Koh Ker, Preah Vihear, Battambang and Vicinity
Resources include a Khmer Phrasebook

Tom Vater first visited Cambodia in 2001 to document the indigenous minorities in Mondulkiri for the British Library’s International Sound Archive, and instantly fell in love with the country. A year later, Tom cowrote and managed the production of a documentary on Angkor for German-French television, which gave him the opportunity to spend several weeks among the temples. Since then, he has been back to Cambodia several times a year to cover the country’s politics and culture for many different publications. On his journeys around the country, he has joined kings, pilgrims and soldiers, secret agents, pirates, hippies, policemen, and prophets.

Tom is the author of numerous books—nonfiction titles, guidebooks, and a novel—and has cowritten several documentary screenplays for television and cinema. Tom’s feature articles, mostly on Asian subjects and destinations, have been published around the world, by The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Times (UK), Marie Claire, and many others. He is The Daily Telegraph’s Bangkok expert. His most recent nonfiction book, Sacred Skin, published with award-winning photographer Aroon Thaewchatturat—is an international bestseller, featured in TIME Magazine and on CNN.

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