When planning our trip to Cambodia, visiting Angkor Wat at sunrise was at the top of my list. Angkor Wat is one of those places – similar to my experience visiting the pyramids in Egypt – that you hear about as a child, stories told and re-told. It almost feels untouchable, like it exists in an alternate space that you can’t touch.
We decided to book a guide for the day and I’m so glad we did. There is so much history (some quite sad) and the experience was made more meaningful having someone to provide context. The tuk tuk ride through the Angkor Archeological Park was magical enough – visiting the temples inside was a bonus. Unlike the pyramids in Cairo, the temples in Siem Reap are a few minutes outside of the frenetic city streets. The city can provide an incredible contrast, but there was something so peaceful about being surrounded by grass and trees.
We walked up crumbling steps, saw monkeys (who stole our lunch basket right out of Matt’s hands!) and just basked in the beauty of these incredible temples. The elaborate detail was just amazing. The way the light hit the stone and cascaded throughout was a nice respite from the hot and humid air.
Although Cambodia was not my favorite stop on our Southeast Asia trip, the temples were incredible.