This temple complex is spread over 402 acres so, naturally, we hired the first man that approached us at the bus stop in Siem Reap to be our guide for the next 48 hours: hagglers we are not. On the first day visiting the sites we woke up at 4.30am so we could watch the sunrise over the temple. It was very muggy and hot but worth the effort for the beautiful skies and great photo opportunities. There was some classic Taj Mahalesque posing happening in front of the ruins.
Angkor Wat is the ultimate expression of Khmer architecture and it’s easy to understand why the site was chosen as the location for tomb raider with tree trunks rising like monoliths out of the ruins.
The grand scale and incredible detail make this an awe inspiring historical visit.
Footluce’s high: sunrise over the monuments.
Disco’s high: walking in the footsteps of Lara Croft.
Footluce and Disco’s low: perhaps suffered from temple fatigue on hour 18.