Siem Reap is the gateway to Cambodiaâ€™s vast and spectacular Angkor Temple Complex, which is undoubtedly one of the world's greatest archaeological sites. Within the legendary 'lost city of the Khmers' there are over a thousand temples, ranging from piles of rubble to the magnificent and iconic Angkor Wat â€“ which is the best preserved temple in the complex and reputed to be the world's largest religious building. Given that Angkor Wat actually means â€˜temple that is a cityâ€™ the magnitude of the site comes as no surprise. Built for King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat was originally a Hindu temple, which later became Buddhist and it is the only temple in the complex which has maintained its religious significance, attracting pilgrims from around the world. Surrounded by a spectacular moat and towering high into the sky, with its striking Khmer architecture and extensive bas-reliefs, awe inspiring Angkor Wat is not only Cambodiaâ€™s leading attraction but one of the most impressive temples on earth.
Other key sites in the Angkor Temple Complex include jungle submerged Ta Prohm Temple which features in the film â€˜Tomb Raiderâ€™ and the Bayon Temple with its giant stone carved faces. A minimum of 2-3 full days is needed to visit the main ruins of the fabled Angkor complex.