France started assuming sovereignty after the Franco-Chinese War (1884–1885). Nevertheless it is far poorer than most of Thailand and especially in Laos it is easy to find yourself in another world than the backpacker hubs several towns/villages have become. If you have decided these are some of the countries you want to visit and need more planning information then you are strongly recommended to complement what you find here with a planning guide. If you are set on going and need a guidebook or reading material please see a list of recommended guides/books here (go on have a look! All guides/books can be viewed in more detail and click-through purchased with Amazon in the UK, US or Canada.
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The most iconic, biggest and frequently pictured (shown above and on the national flag) is Angkor Wat.
Contained in the Angkor Archaeological Park stretching over some 400 sq.
In all temples the level of detail in the stone work is exceptional.
It is worth looking, if you have not already, at the example layout to see the guidelines each section of information is based on - or for other travel advice and site home, head for The temples of Angkor and learning something about the country's murderous past.
The jury is out on hanging-out in Phnom Penh's traveller/expat bars and restaurants.
The Big Circuit, taking in major sites north and further out east.
The Roluos group, 15 km east from Siem Reap along National Highway 6.