Angkor Wat is one of the most important and incredible archaeological sites of Southeast Asia. It is a huge Buddhist temple located in northern Cambodia, near Siem Reap. Spread across more than 400 acres, Angkor Wat is said to be the largest religious monument in the world. Its name translates to “temple city” in the Khmer language of the region.
Nowadays the temple is no longer an active temple but an important tourist attraction in Cambodia.
Visitors at Angkor Wat are struck by its imposing grandeur and its fascinating decorative flourishes. Outside there is a series of 800m long bas-relief sculptures representing historical events and mythological accounts.
It is possible to visit Angkor Wat at any time of year, but peak season is from November to February, when the weather is dry and cooler.
The best time of the day is when it is cooler but it is often crowded, or lunchtime when most of the tour groups are in town.
Plan at least three hours to explore the whole complex, but more like half a day if you want to explore every nook and cranny.