Video: Angkor Wat from the Inside Out

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Angkor Wat. Whether or not they’ve been there, these two words get the heart of any traveler beating a little bit faster.  And for good reason – they’re an iconic destination that’s part of any complete bucket list.

I was excited to have the chance to visit the temple complex at Angkor Wat, and set about figuring the best way to do it.  When the question of whether to get there before sunrise to snap the iconic photo everyone gets, I chose not to do it.

Understand that, when you decide to get that photo, you’re likely going to jostle with hundreds (if not thousands) of other photographers to snap it.  It just wasn’t worth it to me.  My travels are best described as experiential, and that didn’t sound like an experience I needed to have.

Instead, I consulted with a tour company that encouraged me to go against the crowds, so that while they were all snapping that iconic photo, I could be approaching from the other direction in relative solitude.  That sounded good to me!

I most often like to explore places on my own and let my senses take me wherever they lead.  However, for Angkor Wat, I strongly recommend a good guide, as you’re liable to miss much of the detail that can make your visit an even more special and memorable experience.

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