Siem Reap, Cambodia

Covered bridge in Siem Reap

The ancient Khmer Empire, centered in what is now northern Cambodia, lasted from 802 to 1431 and is known historically as the Angkor period.  During this time the majestic monuments of Angkor Wat and Bayon were constructed, along with hundreds of smaller temples, testifying to the immense wealth and power of the empire.  It is these monuments that draw millions of tourists a year. Read more