Moon Angkor Wat

Including Siem Reap & Phnom Penh

Second Edition, October 2015
Pages: 272

Price: $17.99 USD
ISBN: 9781631211416

This full-color guidebook includes vibrant photos and easy-to-use maps to help with trip planning.

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 you need to know to make this trip possible in this full-color edition of 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 and trip ideas:
  • The Temples of Angkor
  • The Khmer Empire in One Week
  • Cambodia’s Top 10 Temples
  • Two Weeks of Khmer Architecture and History
  • Community Tourism
  • 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
  • Angkor including Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, The Temples of Angkor, and Vicinity of Angkor
  • Phnom Penh and Vicinity
  • Excursions including Bateay Chhmar and Around, Sambor Prei Kuk and Around, Preah Khan, Koh Ker, Preah Vihear, and Battambang and Vicinity
Resources include a Khmer Phrasebook

Tom Vater has been working and traveling in Southeast Asia since 1993. He first visited Cambodia in 2001 to document the indigenous minorities in Mondulkiri for the British Library’s International Sound Archive. He instantly fell in love with the country. A year later, Tom co-wrote and produced 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 in 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 traveled with kings, pilgrims, soldiers, secret agents, pirates, hippies, policemen, and prophets.

Tom is the author of numerous nonfiction titles, guidebooks, and a novel, and has co-written several documentary screenplays for television and cinema. Tom’s feature articles, mostly on Asian subjects and destinations, have been published by the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, the Times, Marie Claire, and many other publications. He is the Daily Telegraph’s Bangkok expert. His nonfiction book, Sacred Skin, published with award-winning photographer Aroon Thaewchatturat—who took many of the pictures in Moon Angkor Wat—was an international bestseller. Most recently he published Cambodia: A Journey Through the Land of the Khmer with renowned photographer Kraig Lieb. Tom is also the co-owner of the Hong Kong-based crime fiction imprint Crime Wave Press. Visit his website at