When people think of Cambodia, most will immediately think of Angkor Wat, the famous temple that features on the country's flag, however, what most people don't realise is that Angkor Wat is just one part of a city of temples and other buildings all dating back to the 12th Century. Angkor (meaning city) was once the capital of the Khmer Empire, Wat (meaning temple) was the most prominent and earliest temple built, and the city was surrounded by a man made most. However as the empire grew, other smaller temples and buildings were constructed in the nearby region. Angkor Wat was originally built as a Hindu temple, however it was converted to Buddhist later in the century. It is still used as a Buddhist temple on certain days in the week, which means you can't access the 3rd floor and the views out over the complex, (worth checking before you go). Over 1 million people visit the UNESCO world heritage site that is Angkor each year, so be prepared for crowds. For information on how to make the most of your trip, visit our temple guide for a breakdown on the best temples.