Thursday, January 20, 2011

A Dream Realized: Dawn At Angkor Wat

Sometimes dreams we've long thought were out of reach can become reality. For myself, one of these has been to stand by the reflecting moat surrounding Angkor Wat outside of Siem Reap in Cambodia and see the sun rise behind it. That came to pass a few days ago, and it was a moving experience I'll treasure forever.

Just an intimate gathering with, oh, say about 20 busloads of Korean, Chinese and Japanese tour groups! If I had 4,000 Riel (the current value in Khmer currency for one US dollar) for every person who posed in front of it - and sometimes in front of me, as if they couldn't see me taking photos - I could easily pay for my week there - airfare included.

The morning spent climbing up and down the steep stairways while exploring the suggested portions of the main temple were also amazing. I'll be sharing more of this when I can properly prepare the pictures for you.


Was Once said...

About time you see it....spend some time exploring it, don't cram it in like the Japanese tours do. There is a lot to see in the area. Enjoy!

beachlover said...

Great to hear you got to Angkor Wat like you were talking about wanting to do a little while ago!

It's one of those places everyone should see at least once in their life.