History proves the Kingdom of Cambodia was once mighty and wealthy during the era of Khmer Empire. Its zenith came under Jayavarman VII (1181-1218), where the Empire made significant territorial gains, embarked on a grand program of public works and monuments. He also constructed his own 'temple-mountain' at Bayon and developed the city of Angkor Thom (Big Angkor) around it. Angkor at that time could have supported a population of up to one million people which was one of the world's largest pre-industrial civilizations. The ornate and practical architecture design of Angkor Wat and the historical remains on the ground of Angkor Archeological Park are the greatest evidences that Cambodia was once upon a time a major power in the region where the cradle of human life began. Be amazed with world famous heritage and their underground drainage system that is still working today!
Siem Reap is the gateway city to Angkor - the UNESCO World Heritage Site. 'Defeat of Siam' or 'Siem Reap' is a reminder of centuries old conflict between the Siamese and the Khmer. It also celebrated the retreat of Thai and Angkor returns to where it belongs.