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How flipping cool is this?!?! Hidden Cities!
According the The Guardian they used LASERS known as LIDAR to find a city nearly the size of NYC buried in the forests surrounding the Unesco World Heritage site: Angkor Wat. It completely changes all the theories surrounding the civilization that existed when the monument was first constructed. Cambodians, archaeologists, and historians are going bananas with the new revelation and what it could mean for understanding their vibrant history.
In case you’re unfamiliar with Angkor Wat
Originally constructed as a Hindu temple and over time transitioning into a Buddhist temple, it is the largest Religious monument in the world. It is located in Cambodia and is a registered Unesco World Heritage site. Angkor Wat sits roughly 15-20 minutes outside of Siem Reap.
Miles, Dave, and I had a trip planned to visit Cambodia and Vietnam later this year. Angkor Wat was on the itinerary and we were absolutely stoked, but a wedding has derailed us! This undoubtedly gives us more reason to reschedule the trip and see the excitement revolving around this news!
I wrote an article about maximizing the sweet spots in the Singapore Air award chart: that’s what we planned
We were actually using a combination of American Express Membership Rewards, Citi Thank You points, and Chase Ultimate Rewards to fly Singapore Air to fly into Hong Kong for a couple nights. We would transit from there.
We were then using British Airways Avios to fly on Cathay Pacific Biz to Ho Chi Minh to start the trip. All in all it was costing us about $50 and 85k points to fly First Class to HKG and business class to SGN. Not bad!
We would have been staying at the 5star Park Hyatt Siem Reap
redeeming Hyatt Gold Passport points and using a Diamond Suite Upgrade. With this new information it makes me want to figure out exactly how we can make this trip happen!!! Check out the hotel below: all images courtesy of hyatt.com
- Cash and points rate: 7500+$100
- Transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewrads
If you’re interested in learning more about LIDAR, check out this cool video from Smithsonian
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