The main purpose of visiting Siem Reap is to see Angkor - the famous complex of temples built by the Khmer kings more then a thousand years ago. It is recommended to do some reading up before the visit, as the temple complex is huge, and it is easy to get lost. However, I decided to leave my experience as raw as possible, so kept the readings to the minimal.
Seeing the temples for the first time is really overwhelming. The scale and sheer size of the structures is awe-inspiring. Just try to imagine how these structures were built without machinery, the will power and determination it must have taken. The complexity of the planning and design is really intriguing. The beauty and artistry of the carvings leaves one speechless.
There's plenty of material on the Web on Angkor, and countless books on the subject. I will just post some of my favourite pictures here.