Siem Reap once a simple market town now a thriving city with stunning hotels and chic restaurants is the gateway to the ancient temple complex of Angkor Wat. The spiritual heart of Cambodia covers a huge area of forest, scattered with one of the world’s largest collection of stunning temples, towers, cloisters, courtyards and magnificent carvings. The most famous temple Angkor Wat, now the collective name for the area is a testament to the genius of the Khmer civilisation. Most tours take in the ‘Grand Circuit’ Angkor Thom’s walled city, the Bayon Temple its centrepiece embellished with intricately carved faces, Preah Khan (former Buddhist university) and the atmospheric Ta Prohm, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992. Outside the Grand Circuit, you will find many more temples, surrounded by dense forests, including Roluos Group of temples built in the 9th century marking the beginning of the classical period of Khmer civilisation. Daybreak and sunset are two of the most magically and photogenic times to visit this magnificent man-made wonder of the world.