Cambodia Day 4 – A recommended sunset

21 May

This post is part of our adventures in Cambodia.  To see other posts in this series, please click here.

As we talked about our trip to Cambodia we had lots of plans.  I wanted to ride on a bicycle through the temple complex and Li had certain restaurants he wanted to try.  One thing that came highly recommended was to see the sun rise over Angkor Wat.  That wasn’t going to happen.  Instead we tried to see where the best sunsets could be found.  Our third day there we had stumbled across beautiful skies at Bakon Temple.

That was, though, a happy accident.  There was one location for sunset viewing that was recommended in all the tourists books was Phnom Bakeng.  This temple was at the top of the highest hill in the area and was supposed to offer unparalleled views.  The books also recommended you go early because it got quite crowded.

True to form we arrived over an hour before sunset.  On the way up we saw more temples and another beautiful view of Angkor Wat from above.

A hidden temple through the lush scenery

A hidden temple through the lush scenery

Angkor Wat - an aerial view

Angkor Wat – an aerial view

The elephants followed us up!

The elephants followed us up!

Then, we settled in and watched the crowds.

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It was truly amazing how many visitors they crammed at the top of this monument.

Slowly, slowly, the sun traveled west and the sky started to change color.

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I tried to block everyone out and enjoy the beautiful colors, but it required a lot of effort.  We took more photos and finally watched the sun slip over the edge.

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It was a beautiful sunset and now I can cross it off the list – but after having seen both, I think I preferred the first, accidental sunset more. My travel tip then it to go to Bakon Temple for Sunset.  It’s a magical place and much more peaceful.

Which would you prefer?

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5 Responses to “Cambodia Day 4 – A recommended sunset”

  1. Jayde-Ashe May 21, 2013 at 8:18 am #

    Beautiful. I was there about five years ago, and we watched the sunset from Phnom Bakeng. It was really crowded but I managed to get some great shots with no people in them. We also waited up there until the crowds had left, catching the last glimpses of sunset alone. Cambodia=my favourite place in the world!

    • gkm2011 May 21, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

      We waited quite a while as well, but the crowds still overwhelmed me. It was beautiful, but not something I am willing to repeat. There are so many other “hidden gems” to explore that I would rather see!

  2. searchingforsubstance July 22, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    hi! i just stumbled upon your site and really enjoyed reading your cambodia series, and seeing all the detailed photos you took. i’ve been to siem reap twice but feel like i never really had a thorough tour or in depth look at the temples. look forward to reading more of your posts!

    • gkm2011 July 23, 2013 at 7:32 am #

      Glad you stopped by! Our trip was documented very well thanks to my husband so I hope it gives you a sense of some other things to see.

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