Have you been to Siam Reap, Cambodia to see the famous Angkor Wat? Well, you can't say you've been there if you haven't seen its sunrise. I got up at around 4AM, hired a tuktuk to bring me there, waited around with a lot of enthusiasts like me at the pond area, only to see this magnificent view. Was it worth it? I hope this article will reveal my answer.
I woke up as early as 3:30 AM just to prepare and catch the sunrise at Angkor Wat. I had Top, my tuktuk driver, pick me up at my hotel around 4AM. You must think I’m crazy to wake up so early, but I know I had to exert a little effort because I wanted to have a good spot for taking pictures. Besides, watching the sunrise at Angkor Wat is a MUST-DO activity for any first timer in Cambodia.
By the time we reached the entrance of the place after a 15-min ride, I swear, I was the first to arrive because I was even earlier than the staff. I had to wait until 5AM to buy myself a ticket (one-day pass, which costs $20). It was still dark, good thing I had a flashlight with me. A local told me about the perfect spot, in front of the pond where I can take pictures showing the 5 pillars of Angkor Wat. In less than 5 minutes, to my surprise there were already a lot of tourists behind me, each holding a camera, eager to take a shot of the sunrise.
The sun came out at around 6AM. Everyone was awed by the magnificent view lying in front of us. The clicking of the camera shutters resounds the quiet atmosphere. We all took pictures at the same time in every possible angle so we were sure that we won’t miss anything.
As you can see, I had the advantage of using a Sprocket Rocket camera to capture the perfect panoramic view of the sunrise. Other photographers were looking at me (envious and curious perhaps? haha…).
The experience was absolutely beautiful. So to answer my question, ‘Was it worth it?’ My answer is, definitely! The sunrise was worth the wait, plus since I was already at the place early, I had an added advantage of touring the temple and other ancient/cultural spots with less crowds.
So if you plan on going to Siam Reap, make sure you wake up early to catch the Watta Sunrise view at Angkor Wat.