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Jungle Exploring in Angkor Wat: A Bucket list Destination that you must see!

Updated: Jul 28, 2023

WHY IS THIS LANDMARK FAMOUS? It's Angkor Empire was on a Massive Scale which covered a region of present-day Cambodia and extended its influence over Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and even Myanmar (Burma) at various points in its history. Angkor Wat is one of the largest religious monuments in the world, covering an area of over 400 acres. The temple complex features several levels, galleries, and towers, and is surrounded by a moat that is over 5 kilometers long.

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Siem Reap, located in northwestern Cambodia, is the gateway to the ruins of the ancient Khmer Empire, Angkor. The city is Siem Reap Province's capital and largest city. Siem Reap has become the center of Cambodia's tourism industry, due to its proximity to the World Heritage Site of Angkor, the ruins of the Khmer Empire. The city is located on the Siem Reap River, about 10 kilometers (6 miles) north of Tonle Sap, Southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake.

Siem Reap was little more than a village when French explorer Henri Mouhot wrote of his visits to the magnificent temple ruins there in the 1860s. Siem Reap today has a population of about 130,000 and is the base for exploring the Angkor temple complex, one of the world's most extraordinary archaeological sites.

The temples of Angkor, built between the 9th and 13th centuries, constitute the largest religious monument in the world. The city of Siem Reap has a tropical climate, with a wet season from May to October and a dry season from November to April.Siem Reap is an impressive city with a rich history. The city was the capital of the Khmer Empire from the 9th to the 15th centuries.

The Khmer Empire was a powerful Southeast Asian empire that dominated present-day Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. The Khmer people are an ethnic group native to present-day Cambodia. The Khmer Empire was founded in 802 AD by King Jayavarman II. The empire reached its height under the rule of King Jayavarman VII, who reigned from 1181 to 1218. Under Jayavarman VII, the Khmer Empire became a powerful Buddhist kingdom.

The empire declined in the 13th century after Jayavarman VII's death, and was eventually conquered by the Thai kingdom of Ayutthaya in 1431.Angkor Wat is the largest and best-preserved temple at the site of Angkor. The temple was built by King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city.

The temple is a symbolic representation of Mount Meru, the home of the gods in Hindu mythology. Angkor Wat is the best-preserved temple at the site of Angkor, and is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful religious monuments in the world.


The Koh Ker temple complex, located about 100 kilometers (62 miles) northeast of Siem Reap, was the capital of the Khmer Empire from 928 to 944. The complex is comprised of more than 30 temples, including the towering pyramid-shaped temple of Prasat Thom. The Koh Ker complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The 5 Tower temples, located in the city of Siem Reap, are a group of 5 Hindu temples that were built in the 12th century. The temples are dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu, and are some of the best-preserved temples at the site of Angkor. The 5 Tower temples are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


1. Former Capital: Koh Ker was briefly the capital of the Khmer Empire during the reign of King Jayavarman IV in the 10th century. For approximately 20 years, from 928 to 944 AD, Koh Ker served as the political and administrative center of the empire.

2. Remote Location: Koh Ker Temple is located in a remote area of northern Cambodia, about 120 kilometers northeast of the famous Angkor Archaeological Park. Due to its distance from major tourist hubs, it receives fewer visitors compared to the more well-known temples of Angkor.

3. Pyramid-Style Architecture: The architecture of Koh Ker Temple is distinct from the traditional Angkorian temples. Many of its structures, including Prasat Thom (the main temple), have a stepped pyramid design, resembling the ancient Mayan temples found in Central America.


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