Siem Reap is a small town near the world famous 


temple of Angkor Wat. The town itself has some 


interesting examples of Khmer and French colonial 


architecture next to more modern developments. 


These days, more than two million international 


visitors arrive at the airport and stay in the local 


hotels, using the town as a base for visits to the 


nearby temples.


From the 9th to the 14th centuries, the Cambodian Empire of Angkor covered most of present-day Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand. There are over one thousand temples in the Angkor area, ranging from piles of stone in the rice fields to the magnificent Angkor Wat, probably the world’s largest single religious monument. Many of the temples at Angkor have been restored, and there are more than 100 stone monuments and temples, each containing many statues and sculptures that are extremely well preserved. To see the whole thing can take several days. 


We do not know exactly why Angkor went into decline during the fifteenth century. Most historians blame the decline on foreign invasion and a weak government unable to maintain the waterways necessary for the irrigation of the rice fields. A few people say that natural disasters such as earthquakes, flooding, or climate change led to a progressive destruction.


Getting a visa

All foreign visitors can now obtain the Cambodia visa on arrival at the airport for $20, and a passport photo (3 x 4 cm) is required per person. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has launched an e-Visa, which enables you to apply for a tourist visa online. Instead of applying through the Cambodian Embassy, all you need to do is to complete the online application form and pay with your credit card


 Look at the statements below about Angkor Wat in Cambodia.


Read the text to decide if each statement is correct or incorrect.


1.              Most people arrive in Siem Reap to admire the architecture.
2.              In the past, Angkor covered a bigger area than Cambodia does now.
3.              There are over two million French visitors every year.
4.              All of the temples have been recently restored to their original state. 
5.              Angkor Wat is reputed to be the biggest building in the world.
6.              The stonework of Angkor Wat is in surprisingly good condition today.
7.              The main reason for the decline of Angkor was probably war.
8.              A visa has to be obtained before travelling to Cambodia.
9.              You need to provide three or four photos to obtain the visa.
10.           The e-visa is available direct from the Cambodian Embassy.