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Essential Siem Reap by Rodney L'Huillier

Home to the magical ancient temples of Angkor, Siem Reap Cambodia, offers something for everyone. Exploring the ancient temples once lost to the jungle, through to journeys into Buddhist culture, relaxing in 5-star comfort at bargain prices, a family escape, or backpacking your way and partying all night, Siem Reap has something for everyone.

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You No Buy, You Make Me Sad by William J Wood Jr.

The Khmer Rouge had slaughtered all of our driver's family except for one grandfather. In 2003, I traveled through Thailand and Cambodia with my cousins and their Thai relatives. From Songkran, the national New Year's water fight, to the jungle Angkor temple of Ta Phrom, strangled by massive fig trees, to a meeting in Phnom Penh with a Minister of Justice to discuss the trial of Duch, famed Khmer Rouge killer, to a children's hospital in Siam Reap, to the torture prison of Tuol Sleng, where innocents were tortured before being sent to the Killing Fields, to a strange labyrinth of con men in search of the perfect ruby, I traveled.

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Time to Plan YOUR TRIP to CAMBODIA

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Time to Plan Your Trip to Cambodia

You know you’ve been meaning to, and you promised yourself a holiday around Christmas/New Year. So, why not Cambodia? In fact, December and January are the coolest months of the year and as such is the peak of the tourist season. So now is the time to plan your itinerary, budget and then make the bookings.

Where to start?

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The Khmer Empire: The History and Legacy of One of Southeast Asia’s Most Influential Empires by Charles River Editors

The Khmer Empire, also known as the Angkor Empire, was a powerful empire of Southeast Asia that was established in 802 CE and ended in 1431 with the invasion of the Siamese and abandonment of Angkor. The Khmer Empire was responsible for many of the historic monuments and temples found throughout the jungles of modern-day Cambodia, and also in other countries of Southeast Asia, all made possible by the fact the Khmer Empire reached across modern-day Cambodia, parts of Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam, making it a strategic trading partner with ships traveling from China and India.

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Angkor Wat & Cambodia by Anton Swanepoel

Tips and advice to save you money and make your trip to Angkor Wat & Cambodia go smoother. Note, this book is not a guide to the different temples, but a guide to help you prepare for your visit to the temples and Cambodia, or possibly move to Cambodia.

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National Geographic Traveler: Cambodia by Trevor Ranges

National Geographic Traveler: Cambodia is another new great bargain Traveler destination. The book explores each of the country’s regions, including the scenic and remote eastern province of Mondulkiri, and the white-sand beaches fronting the Gulf of Thailand around Sihanoukville. Journey through the rejuvenated colonial streets of Phnom Penh and the glorious temple ruins at Angkor Wat.

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The Angkor Guidebook by Andrew Booth

Designed specifically for the first-time visitor to Angkor, this definitive guide will bring the Angkor temples to life with 19 artistic recreations to show what these ruined temples would have looked like in their heyday, reflecting as closely as possible the latest academic research. Who hasn't wandered ancient ruins and tried to imagine how these sites would have looked in their heyday?

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Angkor Wat: A Transcultural History of Heritage by Michael Falser

This book unravels the formation of the modern concept of cultural heritage by charting its colonial, postcolonial-nationalist and global trajectories. By bringing to light many unresearched dimensions of the 12th Cambodian temple of Angkor Wat during its modern history, the study argues for a conceptual, connected history that unfolded within the transcultural interstices of European and Asian projects.

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LUXE Cambodia & Laos by LUXE City Guides

Home to two World Heritage Sites - the magnificent Angkor Temple complex and the beautiful town of Luang Prabang, Cambodia and Laos have emerged as must-see destinations on the Wonders of the World List. Despite the fact that Siem Reap is fast becoming the Kingdom of Coachloads and 'hospitality' as a concept may be relatively nascent, if you know how to work it right, you're going to have a ball. Welcome to LUXE.

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