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, it was streaked white with all the salt I'd lost—putting into stark focus the ingenuity and durability of the Khmer people. They quarried 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. In the past couple of decades, the nearby town of Siem Reap has likewise mushroomed to serve the 2 million tourists who visit the O.G. boomtown each year. A surplus of luxury hotels, bistros, bars, and spas is available to well-paying visitors after their 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