Sunrises. They are probably my favourite natural phenomenons. A new day, a new beginning, a fresh start. Each time I think about how the sun never fails to rise, and how fortunate it is to have the chance to be better to be more each day, I get a warm feeling in my heart.
There's something spiritual to sunrises, won't you agree?
One of the famous touristy things to do when visiting Siem Reap Cambodia is to watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat. As much as you might dislike doing touristy things, I think sunrises are never too touristy. There is no good enough reason to pass watching a beautiful sunrise.
We left our hotel around 5 am in the morning and headed for the temple; our driver came later than expected, which was such a bummer, as it started to get bright as we were heading to the temple.
I was so worried that i'd miss the opportunity to see the sunset.
NOTE: DO NOT Leave the viewing of the sunset to your last day of visit.I thought I was being logical for doing so, especially since the last day in Cambodia was a short one (I had an early afternoon flight), but bear in mind that sometimes things happen, and don't go as planned, so always have 1 back up day!
In my previous post: 3 Famous Temples in 1 Day, I mentioned how the mornings and nights were really cloudy but the afternoons are crazy hot. Thankfully, despite the cloudy mornings, we still got to see a pretty decent sunrise.
The good thing about watching the sunrise when I was there (early may) was the lack of tourists. Since it was during a non-peak tourist season, we did not have to squeeze with tons of people just to catch a glimpse of the sunrise.
After the sunrise, we headed back to our hotel for some breakfast. The tranquility of the Angkor Wat temple and its surroundings is just amazing at 6 or 7 am in the morning. Calm and beautiful.
The opportunity to witness sights like these is the reason why traveling is such an important part of me, it really does bring balance and centralisation to soul.