In the sprawling jungles of Cambodia lies the enigmatic temple of Angkor Wat, the largest temple in the world. This iconic structure once lay at the heart of the Khmer empire and dates back to the 12th century. Though it continued to be used down the centauries, changing from a Hindu to Buddhist temple, the gradually encroaching jungle threatened to engulf this once great structure until it was popularised as a tourist destination in the 19th century by French naturalist Henri Mouhot.
A considerable reconstruction effort has been on going throughout the 20th century, hampered during the conflict of the 70’s and 80’s, to the modern day and recent studies show a larger settlement once surrounded the temple. With more being revealed every day there’s never been a better time to visit this stunning location, the jewel in the crown of exotic Cambodia, which draws millions of tourists every year.