Sunrise at Angkor Wat, Siem Reap

Angkor Wat is the largest religious ancient structure and the most famous temple to visit in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The land size of the temple is 10,299 sqm and took 37 years to build.

This temple is dedicated to God Vishnu of Hinduism who is said to be the preserver and protector of the universe. Angkor Wat was used for learning, meditating, and Pilgrimage by the ancient people.

We went to the see Angkor Wat for the early morning sunrise. We were picked up around 4.30am and when we got there, we were certainly not the first to arrive.

We sat watching in darkness as slowly the sunrise started. There was lots of other tourists there doing the same thing, so choose a perfect spot for photos.

The sunrise scene is one of the most awe-inspiring moments to experience. It was an awesome sight seeing the sunrise and the place coming to life.

Then we move to the pond on the right, in-front of the towers to see the sun rise reflection. A truly amazing experience, you definitely have to visit here if in Siem Reap.

Angkor Wat Information

Tickets: You will need to purchase a ticket to enter the main Angkor Wat complexes. The prices are; $37 for one day, $62 for three days and $72 for seven days. Tickets are valid only for consecutive days.

Getting around: Most people will opt to visit the main temples by tuk-tuk, hired car, or bicycle. Plan to pay about $25 per day for a tuk-tuk, $35+ for a car and $2-3 per day to rent a bicycle.

When to visit Angkor Wat: December-March offer the best weather but the biggest crowds. If you can handle turning up the heat, April-June is a good time to visit if you’re trying to avoid the high tourist season. July-October is the monsoon season, and temperatures tend to peak in September and October.

Where to sleep: Nearby Siem Reap has an array of accommodations to fit every budget, as well as a plethora of restaurants and nightlife.

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