Cambodia's most iconic landmark and cultural heart, Angkor Wat, is the reason that most people visit the charming riverside town of Siem Reap, in north-west Cambodia.
The intricately detailed temple complex is just one of a number of Khmer monuments buried in dense jungle just a few kilometres outside of Siem Reap.
Together they comprise the remnants of the ancient capital of the powerful Khmer Empire - the first urban centre in the world to reach one million inhabitants.
In recent years Siem Reap has established itself as a fashionable destination full of boutique hotels, stylish bars and fine French-influenced restaurants.
The nearby monuments of Angkor Thom and Ta Phrom are also worthy of exploration to get a feel for this vast expanse and its history.