The TEMPLES of ANGKOR WATBuried in the heart of the Cambodian jungle, at the foot of the small but fast-developing town of Siem Reap/Angkor City in the North-West of the country, lies the archaeological site of Angkor.
This monumental complex consists of more than a hundred temples, palaces and lakes, built between the 9th and the 14th centuries during the reign of Suryavarman II. The largest and best known of these temples, and also the best preserved, is Angkor Wat. Subjected at varying times to a diversity of Hindu beliefs and Buddhist thinking, it is the only one to have remained an important religious centre since its foundation. The silhouette of Ankgor Wat (or Vat, meaning temple) has become the symbol of the country and even has its place on the national flag of Cambodia.
This site bears witness to the power and wealth of the ancient Khmer Empire, which made it its capital (Angkor meaning "great city"). In its heyday, the Kingdom dominated the entire Indochinese peninsula (including parts of present-day Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and even Myanmar and Malaysia.).
Finally abandoned, Angkor became completely overgrown by thick encroaching vegetation and silk-cotton trees (bombax) (large tropical trees whose roots embrace the structures), before being "rediscovered" on the Western side by French explorers in the 19th century. This civilization having left no writings, it is only through the study of its jungle of ruins and sculpted bas-reliefs that modern archaeology is building up its knowledge.
Patiently restored, Angkor was classified in 1992 as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is the largest archaeological complex in South-East Asia. Its entrance is located less than 1.5 kms from the SAMAR VILLAS & SPA RESORT. The proximity of the site, coupled with our guided tour selection, ensures that you will be able to discover and explore this extraordinary complex in a privileged and totally hassle-free manner.