Done Pompeii, Ephesus and Angkor and still thirsting after archeological marvels? The founder of Timeless Travels magazine recommends 10 less well-known sites that can usually be savoured without the crowds
Lost to forest and abandoned for over a thousand years, you’ll find this little-visited site in northern Cambodia. It’s less than two hours’ ride from its more famous cousin, Angkor Wat, and well worth a visit to see more than two dozen temples emerging from the jungle. A highlight is a seven-tiered pyramid, 40 metres high, which is thought to have been the state temple of Jayavarman IV and is often compared to Mayan temples. The site was the capital of the whole Khmer empire from 928-944AD.
• A new road means day trips to Koh Ker are possible from Siem Reap, but there are also now a few basic guesthouses and an ecolodge for those who want to stay longer
With its sun-dappled islands, waterways, cobbled streets and laid-back vibe, Sweden’s second city is a must-visit in spring and summer
What used to be passed over as a nondescript port city is now one of Europe’s most sought-after weekend destinations: last year, Gothenburg’s visitor numbers topped four million for the first time. As a result, Sweden’s second-largest city is enjoying a much-needed revival: industrial buildings are being turned into cool hangouts, rundown areas are starting to thrive and the city has made it to number 12 on Forbes’ list of innovative world cities (although still behind Stockholm and Malmö). Think “Berlin cool” but with the friendliness of a small town with pretty cobbled streets. Jump on a bike or tram to explore boroughs, including hip Linnéstaden, bohemian Majorna and former red-light district Rosenlund (it’s Gothenburg’s take on New York’s Meatpacking District – only here it is known as the fish-packing district, thanks to its fish market). And, given the city’s coastal position and beautiful archipelago, spring and early summer are perfect times to visit.