Why do you think Angkor Wat should be on someone’s “bucket” list?

The ruins of Angkor Wat are surely amongst the most breathtaking buildings ever erected. From here, a thousand years ago, one of the world’s great empires ruled large portions of Southeast Asia, fought wars, and built temples—hundreds of temples, some of them so large it took 80,000 people to keep just one in running order. Eventually abandoned by the vagaries of history, the temple ruins have been back on the tourist map for the past decade. Despite the crowds the temples now attract, Angkor remains a show-stopping experience. Surrounded by jungle, the ancient Khmer monuments—exquisite and bombastic in turn—are magnificent architectural marvels rivaling any old structure in Europe. However, it is the interplay between nature and stone that gives Angkor its “Lost City” ambience, its sublime beauty. Visit in the rainy season and you will have corners of some of the ruins all to yourself.

—Tom Vater

Encountering the Khmer Smile in Angkor Wat

Tom Vater believes a “trip of a lifetime” need not be a trip to the end of the world, but it does perhaps need to be a trip that will linger in the memory long after one has returned home. For him, the very first time he visited Angkor Wat was such a trip, and he shares the moment that made him fall in love with Cambodia.

Cambodia’s Top 10 Temples

Cambodia’s most famous temple, Angkor Wat, now attracts up to 6,000 visitors per day. Others, almost as spectacular but more remote, attract but a handful of visitors. Whether you’re looking for a secluded spot or something more well-known, these 10 buildings will not disappoint.

Planning a Trip to Cambodia: Where and When to Go

The temples around Angkor are Southeast Asia’s greatest architectural gems bar none. The magnificent ruins of the Khmer Empire, located predominantly in the northwest of the country, are reason enough to visit Cambodia.

The Temples of Angkor: Spending One to Three Days in Angkor Wat

The main temples of Angkor can be seen in a day, but that hardly does justice to this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Three days in Angkor gives you enough time to soak up the main structures at leisure and get a good impression of the former might of the Khmer culture.

Exploring Angkor Wat

True marvels to behold, the temple ruins of Angkor have put Cambodia on the map and attract more than two million foreign visitors a year. Add the bustling markets and lively bars in the capital Phnom Penh, the quiet streets of Battambang, and the only just recently accessible forest temples away from the main highways, and a journey to Angkor Wat is an adventure, an experience, a moment in time.

Moon Trips of a Lifetime

Moon Trips of a Lifetime is a sampler of four dream vacation destinations. Excerpted from Moon’s Handbooks series, this inspirational ebook offers information on vacation spots that include Angkor Wat, Cusco and Machu Picchu, the Galápagos Islands, and the Taj Mahal. Rather than providing in-depth coverage on just one location, this is a fun-to-browse guide […]