The Wonders of Angkor: The Grand Tour
Angkor Wat is a must-see for most world travellers, but many of them don’t realize that Angkor Wat is just one part of the Angkor archaeological park. The UNESCO World Heritage Site includes scores of temples and ruins from the Khmer Kingdom. There is enough to see at Angkor to keep you busy for days. Visitors with only one day will want to see the famous Angkor Wat and ruins of the Khmer capital Angkor Thom; but the Grand Tour, which travels all around the 400 square kilometres has many more sights to see.
Bantay Kdei is a popular stop on the Grand Tour, and offers plenty of opportunity to explore Khmer ruins.
Neak Pean is surrounded by the waters of the Preah Khan baray, one of the ingenious reservoirs built by the Khmer empire.
The artificial reservoir, or baray, at Preah Khan survived for centuries, even though the temple city of Preah Khan was lost to the forest.
This photo essay first appeared on Travel + Escape.