Built during the Khmer Empire between the 9th and 14th centuries, the 300-plus temples of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat in Cambodia are spread over 400 square kilometres and Angor Wat remains, even today, the world’s largest religious complex. Initially Hindu, Angkor Wat, meaning ‘temple city’ became a flourishing religious center for Buddhism in the 13th century until the 15th century, then languished in vine covered obscurity until French explorer Henri Mouhot happened upon its crumbling remains in 1861.
Breathtakingly beautiful temples, even those in fragile states of decay, feature bas-relief wall friezes richly carved with animals, deities and Khmer apsara dancers. Impressive monuments such as the enigmatic stone faces of Bayon, the five spired Angkor Wat temple itself and Ta Prohm where silk cotton tree roots wrap precariously around the 12th century stones, as well as innovative urban planning schemes and massive water reservoirs called baray testify to an exceptional ancient civilization.
Please note that pre- and post- Mekong cruise itineraries are not included in the Aqua Expeditions Mekong River cruise rates and are priced separately. We will be happy to recommend our preferred tour operators to arrange this component of your Cambodia holiday.