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About Angkor

Angkor is a region of Cambodia rich in the country’s history and home to the Angkor Archaeological Park, where you’ll find none other than the world’s largest religious structure, Angkor Wat. Siem Reap is the port which serves as your gateway to this ancient marvel and it’s a mainstay of all Mekong river itineraries, some of which offer you multiple days in port, giving you more time to explore. Angkor Wat certainly has a long history and has spent time as both a Hindu then a Buddhist temple complex since its construction in the 12th century by the Khmer king Suryavarman II. It served as a spectacular centre-point to his empire, his state temple and ultimately, his mausoleum and today, it survives as the single biggest reason why so many river cruisers choose to explore Cambodia.

Exploring Angkor

Most excursions to Angkor understandably begin with a trip to Angkor Wat. This UNESCO World Heritage Site and Cambodian national symbol truly is an awesome spectacle and when you consider that the outer wall is 2.2 miles long, you’ll realise why it takes a little time to get around. Angkor Wat was something of an architectural first too, as it consisted of both the central temple mountain structure favoured by the Khmer Empire and a plan of outer galleries. The central part of the structure represents Mount Meru, home of the gods, with the distinctive towers which immediately identify Angkor Wat representing the five peaks of Mount Meru. The outer walls represent surrounding mountain ranges and access to higher levels of the temple was restricted to only the privileged. Today of course, you’ll enjoy much more freedom of movement than the Khmer laity did and be able to take in some truly stunning carved stonework during your explorations.

Although Angkor Wat is undoubtedly the main attraction, it is in fact the entirety of the Angkor Archaeological Park that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and depending on the duration of your stay, you’ll have the opportunity to see more of the park. Angkor Thom is another must-see, a royal city constructed shortly after Angkor Wat. Its name translates as ‘Great City’ and indeed, it was and certainly for all modern day visitors, it still is. Angkor Thom was the last surviving capital of the Khmer Empire and covers over five square miles of land. Unsurprisingly, there are some celebrated sights on show here, such as the expertly-carved Terrace of Elephants. At the centre of the ancient city lies one of Cambodia’s most celebrated ancient temples and always a popular site with many river cruise excursion itineraries, Bayon. The state temple of King Jayavarman VII, it is perhaps most famous for the huge and dramatic stone faces which are carved into its towers, as well as its beautiful bias relief carvings.

Angkor tips

You’ll ideally need to spend at least two days exploring to get the most out of Angkor, and thankfully, most Mekong itineraries will allow you this. Be sure to take care and wear strong walking shoes or boots if exploring the temples and remember to take plenty of water, too.

Angkor Itineraries

Beijing

Hanoi to Shanghai

6 sailing dates August 2019 to April 2020
32 Nights From Fly From UK, to Arrive UK
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Phnom Penh

Treasures of the Mekong

21 sailing dates July 2019 to April 2020
15 Nights From Depart UK, to Arrive UK
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Ho Chi Minh City

Luxury Mekong & Temple Discovery

21 sailing dates January 2019 to April 2020
13 Nights From Depart UK, to Arrive UK
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £4699pp
Ho Chi Minh City

Mystical Irrawaddy & Treasures of the Mekong

2 sailing dates October 2019 to February 2020
27 Nights From Fly From UK, to Silk Islands
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £9789pp
Ho Chi Minh City

Indochina Explorer & Luxury Mekong

4 sailing dates July 2019 to March 2020
22 Nights From Fly From UK, to Silk Islands
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £8429pp
Ho Chi Minh City

Highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong

19 sailing dates June 2019 to April 2020
19 Nights From Fly From UK, to Arrive UK
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £5699pp
Siem Reap

Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong 24 Da

14 sailing dates June 2019 to April 2020
23 Nights From Fly From UK, to Arrive UK
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £7749pp
Siem Reap

Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi

1 sailing date December 2019
14 Nights From Ho Chi Minh City, to Vietnam , Hanoi
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Siem Reap

Ultimate Southeast Asia & the Majestic Mekong

1 sailing date January 2019
21 Nights From UK, to UK
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Ho Chi Minh City

Ultimate Southeast Asia & the Majestic Mekong

1 sailing date August 2019
22 Nights From UK, to UK
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Siem Reap

Heart of Cambodia & Vietnam - Southbound

47 sailing dates January 2019 to April 2020
19 Nights From UK, to UK
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Ho Chi Minh City

Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City

1 sailing date December 2018
14 Nights From Siem Reap, Cambodia to , Arrive UK
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Chau Doc

Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap

1 sailing date December 2018
14 Nights From Ho Chi Minh City, to Arrive UK
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Ho Chi Minh City

Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City

35 sailing dates January 2019 to December 2019
14 Nights From UK, to UK
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Siem Reap

Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap

37 sailing dates January 2019 to April 2020
14 Nights From UK, to Arrive UK
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £4589pp
Ho Chi Minh City

Luxury Mekong & Temple Discovery from Siem Reap

22 sailing dates July 2019 to April 2020
10 Nights From Siem Reap, Cambodia to , Ho Chi Minh City
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Chau Doc

Mekong Discovery from Siem Reap

54 sailing dates January 2019 to April 2020
7 Nights From Phnom Penh, Cambodia to , Ho Chi Minh City
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Ho Chi Minh City

Timeless Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong

1 sailing date December 2018
14 Nights From Ho Chi Minh City, to Vietnam , Hanoi
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £4599pp
Ho Chi Minh City

Essential Vietnam & Cambodia from Siem Reap

10 sailing dates January 2019 to April 2020
14 Nights From London (Dover), United Kingdom to London (Dover)
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Ho Chi Minh City

Fascinating Vietnam from Ho Chi Minh - Siem reap

2 sailing dates August 2019 to December 2019
12 Nights From Ho Chi Minh City, to Cambodia , Siem Reap
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £4479pp

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