If there is one sight that is worth getting up at 4am for it is to see the sun rise over Angkor Wat Temple. It is one of the most beautiful scenes I have had the opportunity to share with my mother.
The modern name, Angkor Wat, means “City Temple” , so fitting as this is the main temple in a city of temples.
Unlike most Angkorian temples, Angkor Wat is oriented to the west, something that still puzzles scholars.
Sunrise and sunset are typically the most popular times to visit the Angkor Wat. If you must have that perfect photo of the temple silhouetted against the rising sun and the reflection off the pond in the foreground, you will need to be there well before sunrise to get a good spot. I was not very happy to get up at 4am but luckily we got there before the main crowd arrived so we could get a good spot.
Alternatively, after the first wave of tourists from sunrise have cleared the temple, there are periods throughout the day when Angkor Wat can be explored in relative isolation.
The temple is admired for the grandeur and harmony of the architecture and it is this temple that has become the symbol of Cambodia. Angkor Wat is so significant to Cambodia that it’s iconic towers appear on the national flag