Bayon

Bayon

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

Emma and Jeremy

Emma and Jeremy

Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm

Banteay Srei

Banteay Srei

Angkor Thom

Angkor Thom

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

Naga, Angkor Wat

Naga, Angkor Wat

Lolei

Lolei

Mr. Mon's kids, Banteay Srei

Mr. Mon's kids, Banteay Srei

Banteay Srei

Banteay Srei

Apsaras

Apsaras

Cambodia

Angkor

April 2010 • Avoided most of the tourist crush by visiting during the hottest month of the year—when my shirt finally dried at the end of each day, there were white streaks all over it from the salt I'd lost. Engineering of these temples is a testament to Khmer ingenuity. They quarried the sandstone at a site 50 km away and transported it to their city using elephants, rafts, and a system of canals, then stacked the huge blocks into homes for the gods and carved the stone to intricate perfection. The nearby town of Siem Reap has likewise mushroomed to serve 2 million tourists who each year visit the O.G. boomtown. A surplus of luxury hotels, bistros, bars, and spas is available to well-paying visitors after a grueling day among Angkor's ruins. But it does make you wonder why the people in this province are still the poorest in Cambodia.

Bayon

Bayon

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

Emma and Jeremy

Emma and Jeremy

Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm

Banteay Srei

Banteay Srei

Angkor Thom

Angkor Thom

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

Naga, Angkor Wat

Naga, Angkor Wat

Lolei

Lolei

Mr. Mon's kids, Banteay Srei

Mr. Mon's kids, Banteay Srei

Banteay Srei

Banteay Srei

Apsaras

Banteay Srei