At 5 AM, our driver took us to Angkor Wat where we joined at least a few hundred others. It was dark but I had my miniature flashlight to light the way as we cautiously made our way to the lagoon area to wait patiently for the sun to greet us.
The area was already very crowded. Many people were already homesteading their perfect camera view. They must have arrived at 4:30 AM. I walked around, wandered to an area where very few people gathered. That view was actually better. I stood, camera poised, listening to the stories being described around me. One person said that his mother had been to Angkor Wat a few years ago and she was the only one there to view the sunrise. Many young couples were sitting in front of me, holding hands, making the moment as romantic and memorable for them. An older gentleman with his cane was being helped by his companion, smile on his face, happy to be there.
At last the sun woke up and started to rise, higher and higher into the sky, lighting it very quickly, moving between the pillars of the temple. Light in the sky and darkness still shadowing parts of the ruins. People quickly exited the area. It was already hot and it was only 6:30 AM. Later during the day, we watched a breathtaking sunset at Angkor Wat…pictures can better describe the breathtaking beauty…