Exploring Angkor Wat In Cambodia: Going Beyond Its Grandeur

Cambodia is a land of intricate art and picture-perfect riverscapes

Monks at Angkor Wat, a Unesco World Heritage Site Photo: KumikoNakashima/Wikimedia Commons

Jack was not actually Jack. But to tourists, he was. A proud card-carrying official guide, his confidence glinted through as he sized us up, a trio of excited looking Indians. Throughout the tour that would follow, he would be unfailingly tolerant of the most inane of questions.

Yet, the very first thing he said to us in his opening monologue was, "Please remember that what you are about to see was NOT built by Indians."