Top Ten Southeast Asia Classic Adventures
Perhaps nowhere else on earth are the relics of antiquity found on so monumental a scale as in Cambodia's Angkor Wat. In colonial times, when the French first opened Angkor to tourism, it was usual to distinguish between the 'Small Circuit,' comprising the central temples of the complex, and the 'Great Circuit', taking in the outer temples. Today, when air-conditioned taxis have replaced elephants and horses as the most popular means of transportation around Angkor, it is still well worth spending at least a couple days cycling the Lesser Circuit. This tour takes in the most famous sites: Angkor Wat itself; the great city of Angkor Thom; the Bayon, with its legendary mysterious faces; the Elephant terrace; and the Terrace of the Leper King. Bicycles are easily hired in nearby Siem Reap, and if you fall in love with Angkor—and many do—you can extend your ride to include the Greater Circuit, which will take about five days.
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