Angkor Wat is without a doubt, the most famous and most visited on everyone’s Southeast Asian list of must-sees. So far, none of the people that I know who have been to Cambodia wasn’t visiting the country just for this location.
There are many ways to tour the temples of Angkor: by tuk-tuk, by motorcycle, by air-conditioned coach, with a guide or without. This being my first trip to the world-famous temple, I wanted to explore Angkor Wat by tuk-tuk, and on my own. I always like to explore places by myself. :)
Angkor Wat is famous for its sunrise and its reflections on the pond. We went as early as 6am in late June, but due to the rainy season, we couldn’t see the sunrise. Somehow, I had a feeling we were late. The sky was rapidly getting brighter as we walked towards the gopura entrance.
Many were disappointed too, but we’re just gonna go there one more time. We tried on the next day too, sadly it was still the same.
The courtyard in the middle was just nice and cool as it must have been getting close to 30 degree Celcius even in the early morning! To go up to the main temple, you must have covered shoulders. Anyway, by climbing the steep stairs, it offers you a view from the top – 65m high, which is absolutely stunning, you can see the whole magnificence of the place.
Today, Angkor Wat is probably this country’s biggest source of pride. It graces both the flag and the local currency, not to mention any tourist brochure or poster ever made for Cambodia.