Being the 7th wonder in the world, Angkor Wat is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was built in the 12th century by Khmer civilization and located four miles north of Siem Reap, south of Angkor Thom.
The structure consists of over 100 stone temples, acting as the live remains of a grandeur religious city, buildings of which all made from wood have perished and disappeared. Led by the South Gate of Angkor Thom you can enter this majestic site, the largest moment of the Angkor group and the best preserved. The temple is protected by a splendid moat that stretches over five kilometers, which helps stabilize the temples' foundation. The heart of Angkor Wat, the central tower, reaches a height of 213 meters, was once the actual center where secular and sacred power joined forces. There are two basic plans of Khmer temple architecture: the temple mountain and the galleried temple. All the buildings were skillfully carved with divine images, giving a blur feel of traveling time when you closely scan through them.
At the neighboring Bakheng Temple we will have a beautiful sunset view of the distant Angkor Wat in the jungle, which is listed one of the 'Top20 Most Beautiful Sunset View in the World' by CNN. If you like, take an early morning trip to Angkor Wat to enjoy the stunning sunrise - you’ll also have the chance for a friendly talk with the monks and nuns at a nearby pagoda. This is the suggested tour for your reference: 11-Day Cambodia Thailand Tour.
As a famous tourist city Siem Reap has abundant historical and natural beauty to look at, such as the Hindu temple Phimeanakas, the symbolic representation of Mount Meru - Bakheng Hill, the serene Tonle Sap Lake, etc…