When we first traveled to Thailand in the year 2000, we met an American traveler on the train to Chang Mai. He spoke of a mystical temple in Cambodia that was completely deserted, and how he walked around for days exploring in solitude.
We hadn’t done a lot of traveling before that time and we didn’t know anything about Asia. Thailand was our first step into the world of backpacking, but when he spoke of these temples, we knew that we had to visit them one day soon.
Skip ahead four years and we found ourselves on a bus from Bangkok to Siam Reap to see the legendary Angkor Wat. This majestic complex consists of hundreds of temples covering 500 acres of land. Where once it was abandoned and looted of precious pieces, it is now a thriving attraction receiving over a half a million visitors a year. With admission being $20 per day it is a real deal by western standards.
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