Vietnam & Cambodia
By Rhianna Coote
4 July 2019
This was my first ever long-haul trip and wow, what a way to start! We flew with Vietnam Airlines, the 4-star airline operating out of London Heathrow Terminal 4.Read more
The name 'Siem Reap' refers to the centuries-old conflict between the Siamese (now Thailand) and the Khmer people. Literally translated, Siem Reap means 'Flat defeat of Siam'. Today, Siem Reap is a vibrant city at the gateway to the Angkor region, with a charming city centre. The Old French Quarter is a delightful blend of colonial and Chinese influences.
Surrounding Siem Reap is the Angkor Archaeological Park, which stretches across an area of 154 square miles (400 square kilometres). Within the park are the remains of several former capitals of the Khmer Empire. The most celebrated of these former capitals is the Angkor Wat temple complex. Built as the capital of the empire by King Suryavarman in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is the symbol of Cambodia and even appears on the national flag.