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Watching the sunrise from the famous Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia

20 May 2019 10:30 AM

Upon our arrival in Cambodia, we decided to visit Angkor Wat for the day. The temple is considered one of the wonders of the world, and unsurprisingly left us all in awe after we got up at 4 am to see the sunrise. 

In order to see the temple at sunrise, we awoke at 4 am and wre on our way via tuk tuk by 4:30 am. The ticket office is separate to the temple, so we had to make a stop there first. Around 6,000 people had already bought tickets that day. No wonder, the temple hosts over 2.6 million tourists yearly. 

Our tuk tuk tour started off at the bottom of a dirt trail, which we thought would lead to a viewing point, so we could overlook Angkor Wat by sunrise. That did not work out as planned. 

We did manage to see the sunrise, just not over Angkor Wat. Regardless, the sight was incredible. The various shades of pink and orange merged across the skyline as we watched from atop a temple. 

After this, we stopped at many other temples; my favourite one had to be Tah Prohm. This was the very temple Lara Croft: Tomb Raider was filmed. Knowing this as I walked through, I couldn’t help but feel a slight thrill of excitement. 

There is a real sense of history hanging around the walls of Angkor Wat – one which you really do have to experience to believe yourself. 

By Nicole - South East Asia Ethical Adventure Trail

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