World Wonders August

Ta Prohm, red dress, Angkor Guide, Cambodia

Angkor, Cambodia, and an inappropriately dressed Asian girl considering the sapping heat and not easy walking.

Best Ancient Sites to visit in August

August is generally not a good month to explore wonders of the world. Most of them are either incredibly, unbearably hot, or totally and constantly wet. Or both. Not to mention the seething, sweating crowds of climatically confused tourists on summer holidays.

These fairy chimneys are more of a geological wonder than a man made one, although men have dug homes into many of them. Best: May-September. Avoid: November-March.

Stonehenge, England

Enormous shaped stones dating from 2100 BC, Stonehenge is a short distance from London and near some other excellent ancient sites. Best: May-September. Avoid October – February.

*Machu Picchu, Peru

‘Lost’ Inca city, picture above. Amazingly scenic and well and mysterious old city built by the Incas on a hilltop surrounded by virgin mountains. Best: April-June, September-November. OK July, August. (winter). Avoid: December-March (rain).

*Angkor, Cambodia

A mass of stunningly conceived and carved, world beating Khmer wonders surrounded by jungle and tourists. Best: December- February. Avoid: April (extreme heat), September, October.

An intact and intricately carved 9thC Buddhist temple housing a thousand Buddhas. Best: April-June, September, October. Avoid: December and January.

Borobudur

* Not the best month for this one but ok