Continuing on with our two days in Angkor Wat, day two began with a visit to the famed Angkor Wat Temple.
One of the major highlights, and pretty much the reason for this entire two day journey, was watching the sunrise over Angkor Wat. Our guide picked us up from our hotel at 4:45am and I remember thinking, “4:45am, this is the real deal. We will surely be some of the first people there!” Well, we drove into the Angkor Wat complex, and I was astounded to see thousands of people mulling about the grounds. People with tripods, people with point and shoot cameras, and people there to just enjoy the moment. I felt part of something bigger that morning and it was a moment that I will never forget.
There are two beautiful view points to watch the sunrise within Angkor Wat:
1. Outside the complex (where we chose to view the sunrise) – Here you can get a comfortable seat, set up your tripod and not worry about someone blocking your photo.
2. Inside the complex – here you can view the sunrise and see spectacular views in the reflection lake near Angkor Wat. Con to this viewpoint, everyone else wants to be there too! According to our guide you really have to jockey for position, and most likely will have other people’s arms/cameras in your photos.
The sheer size and scale of the temples within Angkor Wat were enough to make anyone marvel at ancient Khmer culture.
I have many more temple photos, but I think for the sake of everyone’s enjoyment and my own, I will hold off on posting more of Day 2 for a few weeks! I hope you enjoyed the first half of our “two days in Angkor Wat” series!
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