Angkor Wat is a source of national pride, and for good reason. The largest temple in the world, its architectural ambition is matched by few other places on earth.
Angkor Thom, the walled city, is impressive from the moment you enter the gates - gods and the demons are engaged in a tug of war across the causeway providing visitors with the first photo opportunity. At the center of the city is the Bayon where 54 towers are home to 216 faces looking out across every angle. These faces are particularly impressive on a blue sky day, but their majesty and scale can not be taken for granted even on an overcast day such as we had this time.
Ta Prohm is my absolute favourite temple - an incredible fusion of nature and architecture and a reminder of the power of mother earth. The first time I visited Ta Prohm 12 years ago it was quiet and I spent my time alone, wandering through the ruins and running my hands across the staggering tree roots that were eating the temple. It is difficult to tell, in some places, whether the trees are destroying the buildings or holding them together.
Restoration of this, the jungle temple, is now underway and parts of the ruins have been rebuilt. But the jungle remains and one can easily imagine what it would have been like for the European explorers who first set eyes on these temples.