Angkor is one of the most important and the greatest archaeological sites in the world. This by the way the world’s largest (400 square kilometers) temple complex (almost a 1000 temples) was between IX and XV century the capital of the Khmer Empire. Probably, in the eleventh century, numbering one million inhabitants of Angkor was the largest city in the contemporary world.
Sequoia National Park (more travelling)
Home to the largest trees in the entire world. In the 19th Century, loggers cut down a tree, shipped it pieces to the East Coast and reconstructed it. However, no one believed trees could be this large and called it the “Californian Hoax.” I wish I had more time to explore, this park has 240 caverns and some of the highest peaks in the Continental United States.
This wilderness was once the home to the Western Mono people, but by the 19th Century, it was a widowed land. Though white settlers knew about this area for quite some time, it was not very publicized until explorer John Muir arrived here. Asides the nature, exploring the small towns around here can be very fun, too.
The Amazing Underwater Forest of Lake Kaindy
What makes Lake Kaindy truly remarkable is that it contains an underwater forest. Visible on the lakes surface are the tall, dried-out tops of submerged Spruce trees that rise above the water’s surface like the masts of sunken ships. They are the only sign of the amazing frozen forest below the water’s surface.
The water is so cold (even in summer the temperature does not exceed 6 degrees) that the pine needles remain on the trees, even after a hundred years of being submerged. During the winter, the lake freezes and becomes a popular spot for ice diving.
The lake is 400 meters long and is located in Kazakhstan’s portion of the Tian Shan Mountains, about 129 km from the city of Almaty. The lake was created after an earthquake in 1911 triggered a large landslide blocking the gorge and forming a natural dam.