Panorama of Ang Kor Wat from the Hot Air Balloon at Sunset

I recently took a trip to Cambodia with my family. Cambodia struck me as a very charming country from the moment I landed at Siem Reap Airport – the airport wasn’t yet another modern architecture marvel, but rather a small and simple building with a hint of tradition in its design. Driving out of the airport, one will observe that most of the buildings in Siem Reap are not more than 3 stories high, except for the hotels that litter the landscape. The locals are also generally friendly and hospitable, lending the town of Siem Reap a homely feel.

I had high hopes for taking beautiful pictures of the temples of Ang Kor, but the truth is that photography at Ang Kor is an absolute nightmare. The popularity of Cambodia as a tourist destination is rising, and the temples of Ang Kor are a definite must have on visiting tourists’ itinerary, which leads to overcrowding of the temple sites, especially at the more popular ones. Even waking up at 5AM is no deterrent to the many tour groups who wish to capture the magical moment of sunrise over the iconic Ang Kor Wat. Below are some of my best attempts.

All in all, I would say that it’s been a wonderful trip and Cambodia is definitely worth another visit.

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