Exploring Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

by Samuel on April 6, 2013

Early in the morning we left our Cambodian guesthouse at 5 am to head off by tuk-tuk to explore the magnificent Angkor Wat located in Angkor (Temples of Angkor), Siem Reap Province, Cambodia. Although we arrived while it was still dark outside we were hardly the only ones here to witness the sunset, as tourists came in by the bus and autorickshaw load to capture this stunning temple during hours most would still be sleeping. We initially found a nice spot to take the classic ‘pond shot’ before it became too overcrowded. From there we stated walking into the temple for a more up close and intimate view. We marveled at sheer size of the entire complex – the moat itself giving indication of how significant a place this once was and still is today. We took our time examining the bas-relief carvings and intricate details that are apparent only when viewed close up in person. Finally on the way out we reflect on our experiences. Audrey was impressed as this was her very first visit. Even though Samuel has been 4 times he still gets goosebumps every single time. Although visiting in April, when it’s the hottest time of the year in Cambodia, wasn’t the wisest decision, we still managed to move around without feeling too dehydrated. For those looking to visit the temples without the mass crowds we suggest coming around lunch time when most package tourists are either templed out or having lunch. It’s amazing how much better an experience it is when you’re not bumping shoulders with others.

Exploring Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

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