Most people I know who've been to Angkor Wat mentioned the amazing sunrise there so I decided to make the early trip on my first day. We made an arrangement with the tuk tuk guy to pick us up at 5 AM and he showed up on time but we had a problem with the alarm settings. Anyway, after 20 minutes driving including a quick stop at the ticket centre for our passes, we finally arrived at majestic Angkor Wat.
There were lots of people already there taking photos and I also saw quite a few people leaving, meaning they must have been there since 4.30 or 5, which is a bit too early for me. I am a bit lazy when I am on holiday, sleeping and eating alot and visiting the sights a bit in between. I don't like the idea of rushing around to see everything possible and then feeling exhausted at the end of the day. I would like to take it easy, relax and enjoy every moment of the trip.
Anyway, we spent about 20 minutes watching the sunrise and taking lots of shots, before walking inside the beautiful temples of Angkor Wat. As soon as the sun came out, the amazing detail of the scenery appeared. Inside the temple gate, we got our first view of the main temple and the two libraries located in the forground on either side. Upon stepping into the main temple, we saw the long exterior walls covered with 600 metres of detailed bas-reliefs with lots of different stories about Angkor's amazing history. We kept walking around and ended up climbing the steep steps into the main part of the temple, from where we had a beautiful view.The other feature of Angkor Wat is all of the carvings of apsaras, the female spirit of the wind and clouds in Hindu myth. They are everywhere, more than 2000 of them.
It was one of the most memorable mornings of my life. To be continued