At 660ft wide, the waterway was so big I assumed it was a river. It wasn’t. This was just the 3.4-mile long moat around the Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia. Our genial tuk-tuk driver Mr Chantol laughed when I explained my mistaken assumption and said “bigger things” awaited.
Indeed they did. As he swung around a sharp corner and the forest cleared, we got our first glimpse of the 12th-century stone structure on the outskirts of Siem Reap.
“Bigger things” barely covered it and my wife Debbie and I stared in a reverential silence, trying to take in the scale of the temple-city.