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What We Love
- Exploring the jungle and lake temples in the lost city of Angkor is unforgettable. Abandoned deep in the forest centuries ago, Angkor Vat was the capital of the Khmer Empire, which flourished from the 9th to the 15th centuries. It was the largest pre-industrial city in the world, with an elaborate infrastructure system connecting an urban sprawl of at least 1,000 square kilometers (390 sq mi) and housing .1% of the world’s population.
- The present-day capital, Phnom Penh, has as many historical wats (temples) filling the skyline as it does skyscrapers.
Things To See & Do
- Visit the Royal Palace in the capital city, which was the inspiration for the Grand Palace of Bangkok. It is a dazzling sight with multicolored layered roofs, carved lintels, and a throne room in which a golden Buddha studded with nearly 10,000 diamonds resides.
- After a long day exploring Angkor, spend a relaxing evening in Siem Reap attending a traditional dance performance. The dances enact stories that have been passed down over 100 generations.