Bask in the glory of Angkor Wat before hitting Cambodia’s provincial backroads.
This article originally appeared in the July 2013 issue of Bangkok 101. Read it here.
Just before the sun rises over Angkor Wat, the most imposing temple at Angkor Archaeological Park, the crowds muffle their chatter. The silhouettes of its five towers against the oranges and pinks of the Cambodian morning sky become more distinct. The misty atmosphere and breeze bring a welcome chill and dawn illuminates the feathery cirrus clouds that drape over the temple. Cameras click, lights flash.
Then, just as the decorative impressions of the temple’s sandstone bas-reliefs come into light, I make my exit.
“You miss sunrise!” says Narin, the tuk-tuk driver I have hired for the day. I explain to him my mission: experience the temples without the crowds. Narin smiles, nods and suggests an itinerary – he has done this before.