Getting out of bed early is not one of my favourite things, but I will do so to catch a plane, or see sunrise at a very special place.
Angkor Wat is one such place. World Heritage listed, the perfectly preserved Angkor Wat complex was hidden in jungle for hundreds of years, and it has become a huge favourite for travellers who go to Siem Reap to see the temple complex.
The preferred time to go is just before sunrise so that you can see the temple come to light.
On the day I did this the weather was clear and calm and the light superb.
Once the photos are taken, enter the temple complex by one of the other entrances so that you are not overwhelmed by the number of tourists entering the western gate. You will need a tuktuk or other form of transport but it is much easier to see the complex with far fewer people coming in from that way. And if you are not on a tour already, make sure you get a local guide who can tell you what you are seeing as the history of the building and the Khmer people needs local knowledge to make sense of it.
A reasonable level of fitness is required as all the temples have lots of steps to climb up, and the views are worth it. And a tip to manage lots of steps, zigzagging across the steps makes it much easier to climb. Try it and see.
Angkor Wat is just one of many temple complexes in Siem Reap and nearby. Keep an eye out for other places to visit on another blog.