Travel journalist and fellow nomad Paul Rubio guest-blogs this week on Worldview, sharing some of his favorite places on the planet…Enjoy!--Daphne Nikolopoulos
The Temples of Angkor, Cambodia — Spread over 37 square miles, the capital of the Khmer Kingdom 802-1295 is a seemingly endless series of intricate and fascinating religious complexes deep in the Cambodian jungle. Hidden by dense foliage in remote obscurity for centuries, Angkor was discovered 150 years ago, its intangible power still omnipresent. While the emblematic four spires of Angkor Wat remain the principal draw for tourists, some of the city’s other temples are even more impressive. The centerpiece of Angkor Thom, Bayon, is a hypnotic towering collection of stone faces and meticulously engraved outer walls depicting daily life and the history of the Khmer Kingdom. Picturesque, overgrown tree roots strangle the ruins of Ta Prohm, even more striking in person than in the film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.