Among the most important archaeological sites in South East Asia is the ever popular tourist destination in Cambodia the Angkor. The area stretches over an area of 400 square kilometers and includes a forested area and the Angkor Archaeological Park which is home to the ruins of the various capital of the great Khmer Empire that ruled this region from the 9th to the 15th century.
The most famous monuments in this area include the Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple and the countless sculptural decorations within these temples. The Angkor Wat is said to be the largest religious monument in the world. Due to their importance as religious and cultural sites, UNESCO has established an elaborate plan to keep these destinations and their surroundings safe.
Angkor is located in the northern Siem Reap Province of Cambodia. It is an ensemble of scores of temples, communication routes as well as hydraulic systems such as canals, reservoirs, basins and dykes. The impressive monuments found here and the several urban plans and large water reservoirs are testament to the sphere of influence of the great Khmer Empire. Everywhere you look in this region, you are likely to see a Khmer architectural marvel that will literally leave you breathless due to its beauty. The social order of the Khmer Empire is singularly portrayed by the urban layout of the Empire’s capitals that are found in Angkor. This UNESCO listed World Heritage Site is therefore an illustration of the religious and symbolic values, architectural and artistic significance of the Khmer Empire to the Southeast Asia.
The park is home to hundreds of villages some of whose ancestors date back to the Angkor period. Most of the populations here practices agriculture, especially rice cultivation. There are no hospitable and courteous people in the world than the people you will find in Angkor. As if that is not enough, this region is one of the cheapest tourist destinations in the World. It is far much cheaper than African destinations. With a budget of $5, you will have a sumptuous lunch and still have some pocket change. If you are an aspiring tourist but have been hindered by a lean budget, now you know where to go.