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A kingdom revealed

After decades of civil war and the genocide wrought by the Khmer Rouge, the violence of Cambodia's modern history looms large. But with the introduction of democracy, modern Cambodia sits poised on the edge of a new revolution: travel. This is due in no small part to the jungle-choked ruins of Angkor Wat, ancient capital of the Khmer Empire and the world's largest single religious monument. Only a handful of the 1,000-plus temples have been cleared of forest, while the rest remain so atmospherically cloaked in vines they are often used backdrops for Hollywood films. But no matter whether you follow in the footsteps of adventurers of yore or plumb the dark depths of the Killing Fields, Cambodia leaves an indelible impression.

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Instagrams of the Week: Southeast Asia

Dec. 19, 2014, 2:48 p.m.

Southeast Asia: where you sometimes begin a journey, and other times, end one; a place which is at one turn cluttered, and another, jaw-droppingly expansive. Expect to see, taste, and hear more than you could ever imagine in this raucous part of the world, but remember to look for clues that reveal there's much more beneath the surface.

Visual Adventure: Cambodia

Dec. 15, 2014, 4:40 p.m.

Watch Wanderer-in-Residence Gary Arndt reveal Cambodia as a country that prevails despite a war-torn past, with this stunning visual essay.

Time-lapse Tuesday: Angkor Wat

Sept. 23, 2014, 6:20 p.m.

This week on time-lapse Tuesday, we head to Angkor Wat, one of the most inspired and spectacular monuments ever conceived by the human mind. Its five towers represents the five peaks of Mount Meru, the home of Vishnu, and to whom the temple is dedicated. #timelapseTuesday

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