Places to visit in Cambodia
Few travelers are immune to Cambodia's beguiling charms, which are made all the more poignant by the country's resilience in recovering from its dark past. All kinds of travelers, from backpackers to luxury tourists, continue to flock to see legendary Angkor Wat, but thus iconic attraction is only the beginning of Cambodia's beauty. Few of the major attraction sites are:
Angkor Wat: Angkor wat (meaning “city temple”) is the most magnificent and largest of all the Angkor temples and the top tourist attraction in Cambodia. Built around the first half of 12th century by the king Suryavarman II, the temple's balance, composition and beauty make it one of the finest monuments in the world. A Huge rectangular reservoir surrounds the Angkor Wat which rises up through a series of three rectangular terraces to the central shrine and tower at a height of 213meters in which the temple represent Mount Meru, the home of the gods in Hinduism.
Bayon Temple: Part of the world famous destination of Angkor, the Bayon temple features a sea of over 200 massive stone faces looking in all direction. The curious smiling faces, thought by many to be a portrait of king Jayavarman VII himself or a combination of him and Buddha, are an instantly recognizable image of Angkor, Built in the 12th century by King Jayavarman VII as part of a massive expansion of his capital Angkor Thom, the Bayon is built at the exact center of the royal city
Banteay Srei: Although officially part of the Angkor Complex, BanteaySrei Lies 25 km (15 miles) north east of the main group of temples, and therefore often considered a separate Cambodia attraction. The temple was completed in 967 AD and is built largely of red sandstone, a medium that lends itself to the elaborate decorative wall carvings which are still clearly visible today. Banteay Srei is the only major temple at Angkor not built for a king, instead it was constructed by one of King Rajendravarman's counselors.