SACRED SPACES: CAMBODIA
Even Luang Prabang’s grandest temples are dwarfed by the next historic highlight of your trip: the monumental Angkor temple complex in Cambodia. Although you’ll be far from the only person here, with some planning it’s possible to find pockets of peace and quiet to soak up the wonder of this incredible place.
For starters, remember that Angkor Wat, with its towering ‘sacred mountain’ design and lily-pond moat, is just one star in a galaxy of temples that make up the Angkor Archaeological Park. Angkor Wat itself and other top sites such as Ta Prohm (known as the ‘Tomb Raider temple’ for its use in the Angelina Jolie film), fill up from the morning. So if you can bear it, start off in the (very) early hours. Then, after ticking off sunrise at Angkor Wat, head straight off to further-away sites such as the incredibly well-preserved Banteay Srei, before later-rising visitors catch up.
Top tip: Get a multi-day ticket and come back throughout the week – mixing up the pace with tuk-tuk tours, walking and cycling. Or you could even sign up for the annual half-marathon…