#8 best destination in the world

 

Angkor Wat

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  • #1 of the top 25 landmarks in the world
  • Largest religious monument in the world, at 402 acres
  • Originally a Hindu temple, it gradually transformed into a Buddhist temple toward the end of the 12th century
  • Masterpiece of high classical style of Khmer architecture
  • Designed to represent Mount Meru, home of the devas in Hindu mythology
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

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  • Museum chronicling the Cambodian genocide
  • #25 of the top 25 museums in the world
  • Was used as an execution center

 

Preah Vihear Temple

Preah-vihear

  • Ancient Hindu temple built on top of a cliff in the Dângrêk Mountains
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Bayon

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  • Khmer temple built in the 12th century under the Buddhist King Jayavarman VII
  • Known for its serene and smiling stone faces on the towers
  • Bas-reliefs present mythological, historical, and mundane scenes
  • Important example of baroque style Khmer architecture, versus classical style Angkor Wat

 

Choeung Ek

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  • Site of a former orchard and mass grave of victims of the Khmer Rouge
  • Known as The Killing Fields, where the Khmer Rouge regime executed over one million people between 1975 and 1979

 

Ta Prohm

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  • Buddhist monastery and university
  • Built in Bayon style from the 12th-13th centuries
  • Is in much the same condition in which it was found with an atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

HUMAN Gallery Joseba Etxebarria Photography

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  • Humanitarian and photographer Joseba Etxebarria gallery

 

Beng Mealea

Bengmealea

  • A temple from the Angkor Wat period whose name means “lotus pond”
  • Built in the 12th century

 


 

Costs

all flights $1,763

food $9/day x 12 days = $108

hotel $7/day x 11 days = $77

tickets (all attractions) $45

TOTAL for whole itinerary $1,993