Cambodia is one of the places I’ve always wanted to visit because of Angkor Wat, an ancient temple that’s been around for centuries. Also considered to be part of the 7 wonders of the world. Finally, after years of talking about going to Siem Reap where it is located, late last year, just about a week after my Hongkong trip, Cebu Pacific held a seat sale and voila! Plane ticket to Cambodia bought and by March I was off to cross off an item from my bucket list!
We woke up at dawn just so we could witness the sun rising behind the towers of Angkor Wat.
The best shot of Angkor Wat is to see all five towers reflecting on the lake. It took me a while before I could take a photo like this. There were already a lot of people waiting for the sun to rise by the time we got there!
The sun rise during the time of our scheduled visit was at at 6:45AM. Here it is finally beginning to show.
This part of my life is called achieving a goal from my bucket list. It’s a marvelous sight to see! Well worth getting up at 4 in the morning so that I could witness this.
We booked this experience via Klook called the Angkor Temples Sunrise Tour. Affordable enough at Php500+ per person. A van, a tour guide and water are provided when you book this. Meet our tour guide, Kim.
Kim speaks good English and gave us some really good insights about the temples. But what we liked most about him is he’s quite the funny guy. Not HAHAHA funny but you know quite amusing. He also took good photos of us! Sometimes he’d ask us to pose somewhere and we’d already be smiling for a minute or two and the photo has not been taken yet. We’d find ourselves whispering to each other with that smile frozen on our faces, “Anu na? Antagal.” Turns out he’s tinkering with the phone for a better shot.
Part of our tour are the three main temples: Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm and Bayon. Angkor is considered to be an important archaeological site in Southeast Asia. It was the center of the Khmer kingdom for centuries.Trivia: Angkor literally means Capital City.
When the sun had finally risen, we proceeded to explore the rest of Angkor Wat.
Outfit details: Plains and Prints dress; Superga sneakers and my ever trusty Longchamp bag. It’s a temple so I had to dress respectfully especially since I didn’t want to have gone to Angkor Wat only be turned away because I wasn’t wearing the right clothes. Made sure to pick a light and flowy outfit despite its length because I know it was going to be hot. I also brought water in my bag to help quench thirst from walking around.
When we saw a monk seemingly praying over visitors who approach, Ver and I decided to get blessed. Kim told us we could get blessed for any intention – health, career, family, love, etc. You just have to donate any amount.
Before anything else, the monk tied on my wrist a red string. The only red string I know of is that imaginary red string from that ABS-CBN teleserye of Elmo Magalona and Janella Salvador. Anyway I did a little reading up online. It’s believed to have magical powers and according to the belief of Eastern religions, the person wearing the red string bracelet will see his/her life changing for good. It’s also worn by people to find their soulmates, to become successful in their career, to improve their relationship and to protect themselves against all untoward things in life. (source:Spiritual Ray)