Getting up for sunrise is never a bad idea and somehow it never disappoints. This was more than true for us the morning we went to Angkor Wat, the Hindu/Buddist temple that stretches like a carpet over the jungle close to Siem Reap. Built towards the end of the 12th century the temple was either Hindu or Buddist, depending on the reigning king.
Lost for a couple of centuries, the temple was ‘rediscovered’ in the 1860’s and today stands unrivaled as the largest temple complex in the world. I can tell you this – size is irrelevant here, the astounding beauty is in the detail, as each space seemed to have been filled with intricate carvings into the sandstone.
This temple carries its history with a heavy heart – you can find bullet holes amongst the beautiful sculptures. This place will leave you in awe whether it is on the current list of the Seven Wonders of the Lost World, or not. 😉