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Everyone does it! You would be amazed by how many tourists show up at 5:30am. You just have to know how to beat the crowds and where to sit for optimal unobstructed viewing. (Hint – get off the main walkway and sit on the steps of the outpost buildings). Angkor Wat, built over the course of thirty years in the 1100’s as a home for King Suryavarman II after his death, was unknown and undiscovered until France colonized Cambodia in the mid 1800’s. What they uncovered in the midst of the jungle, both overgrown and somewhat well-preserved, is now considered one of the Wonders of the World. A good tour guide will direct you to the magnificent bas-relief walls depicting many levels of heaven and hell – some quite gruesome – and to some of the 1,800 seductive Dancing Maidens carvings.

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