Traveling through Angkor Wat Cambodia was one of the best travel experiences.
I really did not know what to expect, only really knowing Cambodia tumultuous history of the genocide from 1975-1979 the communist group Khmer Rouge regime, led by Pol Pot where nearly 3 million Cambodians were brutally murdered. A history that Cambodia continues to heal the wound.
The Cambodians are one of the friendliest groups, proud to share their lovely country and temples, and the landscape is beautiful.
We stayed at one of the most lovely hotels I have ever stayed, The Templation in Siem Reap. The secluded resort plush landscaping surrounded the modern Asian architecture. This retreat has windy paths leading to private villas scattered by a botanical garden and landscaped pool.
KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA
Siem Reap is home to the world renowned Angkor Wat temple, an enormous Buddhist temple complex and is the most important temple in Cambodia. Additionally there are 72 major temples with the remains of several hundred additional minor temple sites throughout Siem Reap. Siem Reap was crowned the ASEA City of Culture in 2021.
Beyond the temples, Siem Reap is influenced by French Colonial and Chinese style architecture in the Old French Quarter and Old Market. It is full of markets, brilliant restaurants and night life. The markets where locals shop for daily needs feature traditional Cambodian meat, fruit and vegetables at its center with tourist shops around the perimeter selling local wares and lots of clothes, art, silver and crafts.
One of the treats, was the ice cream rolls, that are made on a frozen sheet combining fresh cream and fresh fruit, mashing it together and then rolling it up, looking like art.