Watching the sunrise at Angkor Wat has been a firm fixture on my bucket list for a while. The temple complex of Angkor is also rated number one attraction of all time. So… I definitely couldn’t pay a visit to Cambodia without visiting this popular tourist haunt.
I had a one day pass for the park and visited three temples in this time: Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm. More on the other two later though!
Most people head to the best preserved and most significant of the temple complexes at sunrise.
Tip: When walking up to the temple, you can catch the sunrise from either the left or right side of the path. For whatever reason, if you head to your left you will find yourself fighting hoardes of people to get a good shot. You are unlikely to get a clear one, in fact. If you head to your right, it is much more peaceful and easier to get a photo. I’m sure theres a reason everyone favours the left, but I couldn’t figure it out!
After a sunrise visit outside the temple complex, it was time to head in.
The walls are lined with intricate scenes telling stories of love and revenge. Built in the 12th century, it was dedicated to Vishnu, but by the end of the century it was a centre of Buddhism – as it remains today.
The view from Angkor Wat is as incredible as the view of it. You have to queue for a bit to get up and it’s a steep climb… but you get a brilliant birds-eye view.
Did Angkor Wat meet my expectations? Absolutely! It’s easy to see why it is rated so highly and on scores of ‘bucket lists.’