Key Places - Cambodia to Vietnam
Angkor to Ho Chi Minh City
UNESCO World Heritage site, Angkor Archaeological park in Cambodia is the largest religious monument in the world, spread over 400 km². Angkor's iconic presence has come to symbolize Cambodia itself. The park contains the ruins of buildings form the 9th – 15th ancient capitals of Cambodia. Angkor Wat (Capital Temple) was originally a Hindu temple dedicated to Vishnu built for the Khmer King Suryavarman in the early 12th century as his state temple and eventual burial chamber. It transformed into a Buddhist temple toward the end of the 12th century. It is the best-preserved temple at the site, and the only one to have remained an important religious site since its foundation. The temple is built in a high classical style of Khmer architecture.
At Angkor Thom you will see the Bayon Temple intricately decorated and featuring an assembly of serene stone faces it is said to represent the intersection of heaven and earth.
Please note that the temples of Angkor are sacred religious monuments to the Khmer people. It is important to dress modestly when visiting. You will not be permitted to visit the highest level of Angkor Wat without long sleeved clothing and shorts to the knees as a minimum.
"The cycling itself was very enjoyable. Very flat, apart from the regular small bridges. Pace was relaxed. The absence of spectacular scenery after leaving the Angkor region, both in Cambodia..."
Janet & Mark Basi