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To catch the best photos of Angkor Wat

The sprawling archeological park of Angkor, which stretches a total area of incredible 400 square kilometers, is undoubtedly the star attraction in Cambodia. Moreover, the iconic Angkor Wat temple is ranked as one of the most photographed sites in the world. Finding a photo spot unmarred by the crowds may be an incredible challenge to any travelers as thousands of tourists descend on the site every day to discover the stunningly dramatic remains of the Khmer Empire. Be warned as you will likely have to get up at the crack of dawn if you want to secure that elusive crowd-free view. Check the five of the best photo spots at Angkor Wat to make it possible to shot you are after. Cambodia travel tours

As anyone probably knows, the best time for photographing is often at sunrise or sunset. Bear in mind that during the day the light can get quiet harsh or even really hot. Despite the massive crowd of thousands of people, you will still want to experience the gorgeous warm light at the Angkor Wat.

Phnom Bakheng – Angkor Wat

Phnom Bakheng

Phnom Bakheng –

Offering a magnificent panorama from its high vantage point, the hilltop temple of Phnom Bakheng is one of the most popular spots to admire the spectacular sunset. If you want to ensure a good position and expect big crowds, make sure to get there early as the views of the distant Angkor Wat and vast landscape are justifiably popular.

Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm–source:

A picturesque alternative to the major temple of Angkor Wat is the tree-riddled temples of Ta Prohm and heading to the east entrance or nearby Sra Srang in time for the sunrise is a good idea if you are looking to escape the crowds.  While the masses wait by Angkor Wat’s West Gate, set your alarm appropriately and catch the deserted temples aglow beneath the rising sun as the park opens at 5am in winter and 4am in summer.

East Mebon

East Mebon

East Mebon–source:

With the temples of Pre Rup and East Mebon taking on fiery red hues beneath the setting sun, the eastern end of the park is also an ideal spot if you want to capture the amazing sunset. If you want a good spot, get to Pre Rup early to beat the crowds although climbing the steps of the Pre Rup temple is the best way to find out the most gorgeous views. Phnom Penh to ho chi minh by boat




If it is a view of the surrounding temples you are after, why don’t you climb up to the upper terrace of Bayon whose temple’s distinctive stonework makes it a firm favorite among photographers. You can get plenty of opportunities for creative photography through the warm light, a top spot for dusk and surrounding water pools.

Bird’s Eye View

Bird’s eye view of Angkor Wat

Bird’s eye view of Angkor Wat–source:

Getting a bird’s eye view is the only way to really capture the magnitude of the Angkor complex and you can still get a unique vantage point by rising 200-meters into the sky on a tethered hot air balloon or taking a helicopter flight over Angkor Wat while it is not permitted to fly directly over the temples.

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