Dragging yourself up at 4 am in the morning is seriously no joke. However, Sunrise at Angkor Wat is a must do on the bucket list! At the end of the day, I was so exhausted that I slept like a dead log. I can only imagine how tough it is for the tuk-tuk drivers to wake up at 3 am in the morning everyday to ferry tourists to and fro Angkor.
It was extremely dark in the morning. I could barely see anything except for the headlights of the oncoming cars. It was a fast ride, as we reached the entrance in no time. You have to purchase entrance passes. They will even take a picture of you and print it on the pass with the date of expiration.
1 day USD$20
3 days USD$40
7 days USD$60
We are not any archaeologist-enthusiasts, so we only purchased a 1-day pass each. The skies were slowly lighting up as we bought our tickets. We hurried into Angkor to find a good spot. Little did we know, THERE WERE MANY PEOPLE THERE! That’s crazy. So many people wanted to watch the sunrise too.
Look at the insane amount of people.
It was perhaps rather unfortunate as the skies were not very clear. In fact, there’s a huge fluffy cloud hiding the sun from us. It’s probably the only time I hate clouds. This was the best gorgeous sunrise I could capture.
There is a pool in front of Angkor, and you could take really gorgeous looking reflections. Perhaps another day, another time, I will have better images of Angkor’s sunrise!
Picnic in Angkor
I love picnics, I really do. We got some breakfast from the hotel and brought it with us to eat. Sitting on the platforms built in the 12th century and eating breakfast, it’s probably the most exciting place to picnic so far.
The sun rises in front of us as we ate our breakfast in peace. Everyone was still in front, snapping pictures of the temple.
The rustic ambience yet sophisticated design highlights balance. I personally feel that balance in life is the most important thing. I like how my vibrant blue contrasts the intricate carvings in the background.
The cravings were so detailed, from top to bottom.
Talking about balance, I am deeply fascinated by these stone structures. The stones and pebbles find balance while being stacked on top of one another. Each structure has a different number of stones, different height and different sizes. I feel that it depicts mankind like everyone is different. There is no point in being the tallest structure or the one with most stones. Find inner peace and balance and be the best structure you dream to be.
Lastly, here’s the before sunrise and after sunrise picture.
Looking alive despite waking up at 4 am. Up next, the Bayon Temple. I prefer that to Angkor, and it’s my second favourite temple.
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