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Fancy a cool, bird's-eye view of the magical temple ruins of Angkor Wat? For $11 it's yours. The bright yellow Angkor Balloon, tel: (855) 12 520810, is moored a kilometer west of Cambodia's treasured monuments, which were built between the 9th and 13th centuries by the god-kings of the Khmer empire.

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While the 10-minute balloon ascent may feel altogether too brief, the maximum altitude of 200 m offers a fresh perspective on how all the temples and waterways of the complex fit together. At ground level, it's not easy to appreciate the extent to which Angkor was...

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