Angkor Travel Blog› entry 10 of 17 › view all entries
So, the two crazy Californians we shared a taxi with to Siem Reap decided that it would be a good idea to get up at 4am and head to Angkor for sunrise. They sold the plan to us in a matter of seconds and so we find ourselves cruising Siem Reap on a tuk tuk at 4:30am in the morning bound for the ancient temples at Angkor.
It was just starting to get daylight as we walked towards the entrance to Angkor Wat, perhaps the most famous part of the complex. The combination of the early morning shadows, the stillness, the silence, the vastness, the lack of other tourists and the revelation of ancient secrets as dawn rose on Angkor made for a truly awe inspiring experience.
By 8am we had seen Angkor, had some breakfast and were on our way to Ta Prohm, another of the sites in the complex. Here, huge trees grow on top of walls and ancient stone buildings, and their huge roots snake down over the exterior of these and into the ground. This makes for some surreal scenes straight from a movie set.
Noon took us to the Bayon which stands at the center of Angkor Thom. I felt it was probably the most impressive of the structures we had seen. There are many huge stone faces on the towers which comprise this temple. I recommend finding a quiet spot to sit around for a while and bask in the ancient serenity of this place.
Getting an early start also payed off dividends later in the day. The midday sun is fierce here in this open countryside and even walking becomes a burden never mind having to climb huge flights of steep stone stairways with no guardrails.