More than ten years – that’s how long my first visit to Angkor (Cambodia) dates back. It is one of the few places I ever revisited and in case you haven’t been there yet: go if you have the chance.
Angkor was the center of the Khmer Empire which flourished from the 9th to the 15th century. With more than one million inhabitants it was once the biggest city on earth. That was before it’s downfall which was accelerated by water and food shortages. Today, countless temples in an area of 400 square kilometers are full of surprises. Be it the stories you discover ‘reading’ the magnificent reliefs or the incredible sights of temples covered by trees. Leaving the beaten track, you will discover sad remains of the civil war as well as beautiful sculptures in rivers crossing the jungle. Or you are surprised by people like this old lady, who was sitting in a chamber which I coincidently found while stumbling over stone blocks of a ruined temple. Judging from the look on her face, I’d say she was also positively surprised to see me.