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Nam Theun, Laos

Flooded Forests of Nam Theun

The largest hydroelectric project in Laos created this eerie landscape.
Tha Bak, Laos

Tha Bak Bomb Boats

Villagers have recycled bomber fuel tanks from the Vietnam War and turned them into very, very strong boats.
Laos

Kong Lor Cave

A boat ride through utter darkness, lit only by headlamps, reveals an emerald green pool locals believe is sacred.
Krong Ban Lung, Cambodia

Yeak Laom

Arguing within this idyllic, circular volcanic lake is forbidden.
Phumi Khna Rôngvoas, Cambodia

Kbal Spean

This Cambodian riverbed is covered in ancient Hindu carvings both above and below the waters.
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Dinosaur of Ta Prohm

Hoax, mistake, or evidence of dinosaurs in human times?
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Neak Pean

A small 12th-century temple surrounded by waters believed to have curative properties.
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Phimeanakas

A secluded, little-known temple hidden amid the dense jungle.
Siem Reap, Cambodia

The Reclining Buddha of Baphuon Temple

Though it was originally dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, Baphuon was converted to a Buddhist temple in the 15th century, complete with a massive hidden statue.
Krong Kaeb, Cambodia

King Sihanouk's Seaside Palace

A palace destined to never house a king.
Krong Kaeb, Cambodia

Kep-Sur-Mer

An abandoned Cambodian resort that mirrored the downfall of the country as it was happening.
Kampot Province, Cambodia

Bokor Hill Station

A former French military respite turned jungle tourism hotspot.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phsar Thmei (Central Market)

One of the biggest markets in Asia, under one of the continent's largest domes.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Cambodia–Vietnam Friendship Monument

Bombed and burned, this monument represents the often controversial ties between Vietnam and Cambodia.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Wat Phnom

The capital of Cambodia is named after the hill on which this ancient temple complex stands.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Foreign Correspondents Club

Originally a meeting place for foreign correspondents and war reporters, the FCC remains an atmospheric spot for sunset drinks in Phnom Penh.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

Khmer Rouge's high security prison.
Banská Bystrica, Slovakia

Múzeum Slovenského Národného Povstania (Museum of the Slovak National Uprising)

A monument to the bloody fight against fascism in Slovakia during World War II.
Banská Štiavnica, Slovakia

Calvary of Banska Stiavnica

After 11 years of reconstruction work, Slovakia's finest hilltop chapel complex is finally reopen to the public.
Budapest, Hungary

Columbo Statue

Uh, pardon me, ma'am, but I couldn't help noticing that there's a Columbo statue in the middle of Budapest.
Budapest, Hungary

Michael Jackson Memorial Tree

A random tree outside a Budapest hotel has become a DIY shrine to the late singer.
Budapest, Hungary

Carl Lutz Memorial

This sculpture honors the man who was known as the "Righteous Among the Nations."
Budapest, Hungary

Holocaust Tree of Life Memorial

The metal leaves on this tree are engraved with the names of Holocaust victims.
Budapest, Hungary

Szimpla Kert

A Trabant car, a kangaroo statue, and a plethora of plants take over this abandoned-factory-turned-bar.