FLAT LANDS Keeping things on a level. Views enjoyed by Moghul Emperor Akbal and his court at Fatehpur Sikri, west of Agra, India.African skies are without parallel, best enjoyed in the flat expanses often found in the south, like Namibia's Etosha National Park.Clouds build over Etosha at the end of a long, dry season.A lone oryx, lord of all he surveys, in Etosha National Park, Namibia.Small hills in Namibia's northern Palmwag conservation area provide superb all round views.A dirt road (is there any other kind?) cuts through the Palmwag conservation area, home to big cats, giraffes, elephants oryx and more.The sun and the moon swap shifts, above some pretty farming land in Mariental, Namibia.Scenery in the Naukluft region of south-west Namibia, an area of minimal rainfall, but constantly changing views.One of the world's most scenic and diverse countries, Namibia is dry and sparsely populated. Here, the Skeleton coast gives way to inland Damaraland.Looking down across the forests of Australia's Wilsons' Promontory National Park.The world's most southerly mangroves, surprisingly found in Wilsons' Promo National Park, Australia.Hard, dirty work in idylic, tropical Bohol, Philippines.Power in Burma has always rested in the central plains, from where great and brutal armies set out to crush enemies. The holy Moun Popa temple commands spectacular views below.A hill top temple spies the flat expanse where the ancient Arakan Kingdom grew, in Mrauk U, Burma.Sturdy trees on the former sheep station turned national park, Ikara-Flinders Ranges NP, South Australia.The Wilpena Pound area of Ikara-FRNP viewed from the air.The northern section of Ikara-FRNP contains some of its most dramatic landscapes.Famous artist Hans Heysen did much of his work in this area, which is superb for hiking.Dry river beds cut through gorges, which open out to flat expanse of scrubby bush.More views from the southern section of Ikara-FRNP, where none of the hikes are particularly difficult.Despite the number of visitors to the park, hiking trails are never crowded.North of the Murray River in South Australia, a former sheep station, Gluepot Reserve is now an important bird sanctuary.While twitching is the primary activity for visitors to Gluepot, the reserve contains some beautiful bush landscapes.Vietnam's coastal road near the Cambodian border has dramatic limetsone karst, verdant rice fields and sea views too. Great motorcycling.A few minor hills in the foreground, but the views from Quorn's Dutchmans Stern summt go all the way to the South Australian coast.The ever-flat Cambodian landscape stretches away from the gates of Phnom Chisor, the 11th century Hindu temple, which crowns the hill of the same name.Rainy season storm clouds build at dusk in the distinctively Cambodian fields south of the capital.I found this photo labelled as two places in Vietnam, as well as Phnom Penh, before I finally concluded that it was Siem Reap!A scene from 1994 or 1894 shot on the edge of Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh.Another, wider view of the flooding farmlands around Phnom Chisor, in 1993.This idylic vista is home to the darkest parts of Cambodia's dark past. 17,000 "enemies" were murdered here at Choeung Ek, on the southern edge of Phnom Penh.