Angkor Wat Sunrise

Angkor Wat Sunrise

It was well before sunrise when our driver picked my wife and me up at our hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Our plan was to watch the sun rise behind the temple of Angkor Wat.

As we made our way towards the temple in the comfort of our small van, I was amazed at the different modes of transportation used by everyone to reach the same destination. It was like a ridiculous version “Cannonball Run.”

On the road in the dark where horse-drawn buggies, bicycles, tuk tuks, mopeds, people walking and plenty of cars. (There may have been a couple of donkeys in the mix as well.) When we pulled up in the lot across from Angkor Wat, it occurred to us that we had no idea where we were going. It was pitch black at the ancient temple and the best we had going for us was to follow the crowd. That’s not really what anyone wants to say on their vacation.

Slowly the light from the sun started to make its way above the horizon, which helped us tremendously see where we were going. As my wife and I got closer to the temple, various people were lined along the reflecting pools (one pond was on the left of the walkway, another was on the right) and we assumed a position near the left pool.

As the sun got closer to the horizon, the crowd started to fill in. I was glad we arrived when we did because there were a few people lined up behind us snapping photos as my wife and I stood enjoying the beauty of the sunrise at mystical Angkor Wat.

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