ANGKOR WAT TEMPLE
Angkor Wat is the largest temple in the world, with a volume of stone equaling that of the Cheops pyramid in Egypt. It is unlike all other Khmer temples in that it faces west, and it is inspired by 12th century Hinduism. Conceived by Suryavarman II, Angkor Wat took several decades to build. Intricate base relief surround Angkor Wat on four sides. The way the light glows on the ancient stones makes sunrise and sunset the best time to wander through Angkor Wat's 2 square kilometers, climb its tower.
Dominating the flat landscape, this 10th Century mountain temple is the most popular spot in the area to watch a classic sunset over Angkor Wat and the surrounding fest.
ANGKOR THOM/ BAYON TEMPLE
The ancient walled city of Angkor Thom, literally "Great City, "built in the 12th century by King Jayavarman VII, contains the famous Bayon temple with its more than 200 enormous mysterious smiling faces. It also contains the 300 meter-long Elephant terrace with its large sculptured royal elephants and Garudas, the mythical guard half-man, half-bird. Also within the walled area is the terrace of the Leper King. A sandstone replica of the Leper King is here.
BANTEAY SREI TEMPLE
This is the fabled pink temple of women, so-called because it is made of pink sandstone & considered a tribute to the beauty of women. Its small size, delicate carving and remarkable state of preservation make Banteay Srei one of travelers' favorite temples. Its Apsara, male and female divinities represent the most skilled craftsmanship of sandstone carvings.
TA PROHM TEMPLE
This temple was one of Jayavarman VII’s first major temple projects. Ta Prohm was dedicated to his mother. It was originally constructed as a Buddhist Monastery and was enormously wealthy in its time, boasting of control over 3,000 villages, thousands of support staff and vast stores of jewels and gold.
Built in 1866 by His Majesty Preah Bat Norodom, the Royal Palace is now home to his Majesty Preah Bat Nodom Shihanouk and Her majes t y Preah Reach Akka-Mohesey Norodom. Most of the buildings inside the palace are closed to the public, except for special occasions. Also within the palace walls is the Silver Pagoda, which draws its name from the 5,000 silver tiles that pave its floor. Inside the pagoda there are hundreds of gifts to Cambodian king, including a solid-gold Buddha encrusted with 9,584 diamonds weighing 90 kilograms.
Located just north of the Royal Palace, the National Museum was recently rested to its former glory as one of the finest examples of Khmer architecture. On display there are more than 5,000 artifacts and objects of art from the 6th to the 13th centuries. They include sands tone s culptures , royal barges , palanquins and silk, intricately woven with silver and gold threads. There are also rare religious objects in gold, silver and bronze.
The town of Sihanoukville is surrounded on 3 sides by the Bay of Thailand. From the beaches and surrounding hills, many of the country's small islands can be seen. Many of the beaches are filled with grass hut restaurants and bars, some of the beaches are rocky, a couple are big resorts, and some are pure sandy beaches.
Many vacation activities around town are related to the beaches. Swimming and sunning, trips to the islands, scuba diving, fishing, and snorkeling. Within town, there are many themed restaurants and bars owned by people from all over the world. Buddhist temples, mountain biking, walking around downtown and the central market, shopping, and seeing the Cambodian culture are also popular activities.
Many close by stops await you from downtown Sihanoukville. The fishing village at Stung Hauv, Kbal Chay Waterfalls, Ream National Park, day trips to the islands. You can even holiday in the coastal towns of Kampot, Kep and Bokor Mountain, just 2 hours away.
The largest province geographically, Mondulkiri is also the least populated. Around Sen Monorom, capital of the province, there are 11 different hill tribes each with a distinct language, culture, tradition andhandicrafts.
The province consists mainly of forested highlands and rolling hills. Much of the underlying rocks are of volcanic origins that have weathered on the surface to rich fertile soil. It has a beautiful Bu Sra water fall, one of the largest in Cambodia shared into three stages. Explore the countryside and enjoy the beautiful scenery with its rice fields.
The second largest province in Cambodia is located in a rich and fertile plain. The Sangker River cuts through the town center which is filled with interesting colonial architecture. The region has numerous Angkorian and Post Angkorian sites. Some of most interesting are the Wat Ek, (11th C), Phnom Banon (12th C), Phnom Sampov (Buddhist Monastery), and Bamboo Train which becomes the local transportation from villages to down town.
WELCOME TO CAMBODIA
Cambodia, a big and powerful Empire in the past, located in the heart of Southeast Asia, is arguably the jewel of the region. Undiscovered for centuries, its wealth of natural beauty and rich heritage continue to amaze and astound, with Angkor, the world renowned cultural heritage site dating back to the earliest days of cultured civilization, attracting visitors from all over the world.