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The temples of Angkor

Angkor, in Cambodia’s northern province of Siem Reap, is one of the most important archaeological sites of Southeast Asia. A Unesco world heritage site,  it extends over 400 square kilometres and contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century. They include the famous Temple of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations.

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With over two million visitors each year, what strikes me most is that Angkor can still  give the traveler a true explorer’s feel. Of course taking your time and going well off the main trails helps a lot. I rented a bike for three days to explore the huge area. To get kinda lost and be fully alone amidst ruins peeping from underneath the centuries old trees. immersed in the mystical atmosphere…

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Angkor, the largest religious monument in the world was recently in the news because people regularly lower their pants for nude pictures. They might very well have confused Angkor with the temples of Khajuraho in India, where the sexual practices at the time are depicted rather vividly.

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The seaside mayan ruins of Tulum

Imagine yourself immersed in the warm turquoise carribean water less than two hours after landing in Cancun, Mexico.  Just a little further south from the overrun beach town Playa del Carmen, Tulum offers a more laid back feel and is quieter and still has enough bars offering you your happy drinks during the happy hours.

Tulum is known for its seaside mayan ruins standing on the cliffs overlooking the ocean, just next to the beaches which makes it an ideal combination for many a visitor.
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