Siem Reap, a thriving city in Cambodia is the gateway to the historic Angkor Wat temple complex. It is now a major tourist destination attracting a multitude of visitors from foreign countries. In the surrounding area the visitor will see silk farms, craft shops, rice paddies, a bird sanctuary and fishing villages. There is also an abundance of modern pubs, clubs, discos and karaoke lounges to delight the foreign visitor.

Angkor Wat is Cambodia’s greatest tourist attraction and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Angkor Wat complex represents the rich cultural legacy of the Khmer civilization. The complex covers an extensive area and it usually takes a considerable amount of time to explore everything. A helicopter tour of the area is without a doubt the most exciting and engaging way of observing the temple complex.

The bird’s eye view from the helicopter thrills the beholder providing an unobstructed panoramic view of the area, with the artistically laid out gardens, minarets, towers and the elaborate designs on the walls clearly visible. The aerial view highlights the five towers of the complex, with a magnificent view of the imposing central tower which represents the fabled Mount Meru. Another notable sight is the Temple of Preah Vihear, nestled high on a mountain.

Helicopter tours are offered throughout the year, and there are many options with the flight duration taking anywhere between 7 minutes to three hours. There are also various packages which offer travel variations which include tours of the surrounding countryside and attractions. The aerial panorama must be seen to be believed and it is possible to choose from a view of the sunset or sunrise, early morning or evening tours.

When looking for a 5 star hotel Siem Reap contains, the traveler need look no further than the Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor. This superb Angkor hotel has a rich history and has been painstakingly restored to the finest modern standards while maintaining its mystique and grandeur.