Visit sunrise outside of Angkor Wat with enter the great temple in darkness from the western side and soak up the atmosphere of dawn at Angkor, from the edge of one of the ancient library pools. Spend a your day with temple-hopping with your local guide to make the most of your visit to the world-famous Angkor complex, built between the 9th and 13th centuries when the Khmer empire was the pre-eminent influence in South-East Asia.
You begin with a pre-dawn departure (4.00am to 4.40am, depending on the time of the year and also your hotel location) from your hotel in time to watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat. Enter the great temple in darkness from the little-visited western side. Soak up the atmosphere of dawn at Angkor from the edge of one of the ancient library pools.After watching the sunrise, enter the interior of the great temple and spend around two hours exploring the corridors, central chambers and upper terraces. Your expert local guide will decipher the myriad of stories behind the bas-relief carvings and give you an insight into life during the height of the Khmer empire. We end our touring at Angkor with breakfast outside the temple (take away, from your hotel), and a short rest. Continue the morning by driving through Angkor Thom city and visit the temple of Bayon.We end the morning with a visit to jungle-enveloped Ta Prohm, one of the most atmospheric of all temples. Once home to 2,740 monks, Ta Prohm today looks much as it did in the early 1850s, when French explorer Henri Mouhot ‘rediscovered’ this crumbling site. Return to your hotel around 1pm.