Travel Inspiration











Angkor, the capital of the Khmer Empire was built between the 9th and 14th centuries.  Our 2002 edition of Moon Handbooks guide to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos says that Angkor comprises 70 monuments scattered over an area of 200 square kilometres.  More recent discoveries have extended the area to about 1,000 square kilometres and increased the monument count.

This fabulous place is a demonstration of battles between humans and nature.  It makes one wonder what could be achieved if people worked with nature rather than trying to exploit it for short-term ends.


Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched to show how Angkor looked when first explored by Europeans.  Most other sites have been cleared of jungle.

Banteay Srei temple was rediscovered in 1914.  Almost every surface of the red sandstone is carved with a wide range of images.

Charlie Nelson
June 2008