What time do you wake up on vacation?
On a recent trip to Cambodia, my day started at 4:30 am. No, it was not a mistake. And yes, I set the alarm.
What could possibly lure someone out of bed that ungodly early hour in the morning you ask?
Well, how about this?
I wanted to experience sunrise at Angkor Wat. And so I did by hot air balloon. And it was lovely and amazing.
The colors in the scenery went from gray and orange
To pink and green
To gold and magenta
In case you’re thinking that I was crazy, let me assure you I was certainly cranky and uncomfortable (and cold!) in the open air tuk tuk as the driver whipped through the streets in sheer pitch black morning. But I’d heard that sunrise was beautiful and that hitting the temples right afterwards was a great way to enjoy them without the crowds. It seems that most people lug themselves out there for to watch those first rays of sun and then head back to their hotels for breakfast.
I’m glad I lingered.
Not only were the temples gorgeous in their early morning light, but I had them nearly all to myself.
So, is sunrise at Angkor Wat worth it?
Let me say this, I would do it again every morning of my life…
Travel Tip: Ask your hotel to help you reserve a sunrise balloon excursion. If you’re not a morning person, don’t worry! You can enjoy the view all day long and even during sunset. The cost will be about $15-$20 US.
Are you a fan of sunrises on vacation, or do you tend to sleep in? Have you ever gotten up in the wee hours of the morning to enjoy something on a trip? Was it worth it? Share your story here…