Angkor Archaeological Park Description:
The Angkor Archaeological Park is one of the foremost UNESCO heritage sights in the world, and the sight of numerous capital cities and temples of the now extinct Khmer Empire.
Founded in the early 9th century, the Khmer Empire became one of the most influential kingdoms in Asia over the course of the next five centuries. Successive rulers built monumental, pyramid-like temples as the central structures of their capital cities, fusing the traditions and architectural styles of India’s Hindu religion. Buddhism would sweep through the kingdom in later centuries, and its peoples would slowly replace Hinduism with the worship of the Buddha.
By the 14th century the empire was in decline. Decades of internal strife, conflicts with neighboring kingdoms, and failing infrastructure would contribute to the kingdoms slow demise. The Kingdom of Ayutthaya, the precursor to the Kingdom of Siam that is today known as Thailand, sacked the cities and temples in the middle of the 15th century. Searching for more defensible and sustainable locations for their courts, future kings moved their subjects further and further away from the Angkor complex of temples and shrines, eventually abandoning the hundreds of structures completely to the jungle.
The Angkor Archeological Park spans nearly 200 miles of ruins from the Khmer Empire. The area is riddled with stunning remains of the Khmer Empire. Numerous capital cities were built in the area including Angkor Wat and Angkor Tom. During its heyday the site was connected via an advanced network of canals, waterways, reservoirs that likely transported goods, provided fresh water to the city's population, and fed the rice paddies that were the source of the Khmer Empire’s wealth.
Best Time to Visit Angkor Archaeological Park:
Cambodia’s dry season falls between the months of December and May, and these temperate months have the best sightseeing weather to enjoy a luxury tour of Cambodia. The rainy season blows through the country starting in June along with higher temperatures that last until November.
How to get to Angkor Archaeological Park:
The Angkor Archeological Park is just a few miles outside of the city of Siem Reap in Northwestern Cambodia. It’s best reached in a private vehicle with your guide leaving from you hotel.
Angkor Archaeological Park Highlights:
The Angkor Archeological Park is one of Southeast Asia’s star attractions, and home to Cambodia’s most iconic ancient structures. No tour of Cambodia would be complete without spending at least a day exploring the miles of ruins left by the once glorious Khmer Empire.
Dress for warm weather in light clothing, and wear a good pair of shoes. The ruins of the Khmer Empire are massive, and you can spend days exploring the area without seeing everything.