Day 4 was our earliest start – we left the kids to sleep in while Kerrie and I headed off at 5am to catch the sunrise over Angkor Wat. Definitely worth leaving at 5am and getting to Angkor Wat by 5:30am as by the end of sunrise there would have been several hundred people around.
The advice we followed, and having been there agree it is the best place for photos, is to go through the entry to the main wall of Ankgor Wat and sit down on the edge of the small lake (on the left) before the second wall (near where the eateries are inside not outside).
This way you get great photos with the reflection off the water and don’t have people in front of you getting into your photos. If you arrive late (after 5:30am) and cannot get a position right on the water you will not get the reflection shots.
Also it was worth paying the old Cambodian lady running around the $2 for little plastic seats and coffee – just like camping out back home.
Post sunrise we headed back to the hotel and immediately picked up the girls and headed back out to do Angkor Thom before it got busy. Here we first rode the elephants through the south gate and onto Bayon – not the most comfortable ride but best way to go through the gate.
The South Gate entrance to Angkor Thom
Inside Angkor Thom are a number of small temples to walk around and on. The first was the Bayon Temple…
…then onto Baphuon…
…there were lots of photo opportunities in the gardens, walkways and terraces…
…closing out at the Terrace of the Elephants.
Later in the afternoon we got our Tuk Tuk drivers to take us around town and along the river and then drop us off at the Le Grand Cafe for drinks. We bid them farewell and thanked them for a fantastic time.
While we were sipping cocktails the Chinese Dragon visited the cafe opposite us – always a good show and a great way to close out the holiday.