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May 16th, weather: fair

The people who belong to community of tourists in Angkor Wat, Cambodia,
do something and be impressed surely.

The thing is…
Watching sunrise at Angkor Wat !!

 

I thought watching that may be once-in-a-lifetime, so made order to front desk of the hotel, and chartered tuku-tuku half a day.
The date was May 16th, 4:30 AM, when was the day I left Siem Reap.

It took 30 minutes to main gate of Angkor Wat,
going through parky morning forests.
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Still the moon was in the sky.

 

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5:30 AM: The sun rose by degrees, and Angkor Wat also turned red.

 

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Sunlight also rose.

 

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The sun rose completely.

 

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There were many people watching sunrise.

 

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They filled around the pond.

 

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After sunrise, they dismissed.

 

6:00 AM
I went to back of the forest using tuku-tuku without going back to hotel.

It took 10 minutes from Angkor Wat.

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★Ta Keo
I think here is not a major place and usual tour does not go here.

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There are stone stairs, moreover, there is no rails!

 

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I ascended this stairs like lock climbing.

 

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Because of early morning, there were two persons, me and a German tourist.
When we ascended, a local person came and began to explain kindly.

He said to take some pictures of us.

Although I also listened kindly at first, language was English and I could not understand and took some pictures on my own.
Then, he became kind to only a German tourist and I left behind.

I thought that I had to pay some chips later, and left forwardly.
After that, I did sightseeing by myself.

 

★Ta Prohm

Here is a famous place, used film shoot.
It took about 10 minutes using tuku-tuku.

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East pylon of Ta Prohm

 

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Morning sunshine filtering through foliage was beautiful.

Here is filled by people normally, but few people were here then because of early morning.
So, I could do sightseeing in a relaxed way….

 

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Here is exposed to active erosion of banyan trees and be preserved primary forms, which here was discovered.

In here, a local person also began to explain kindly and do sightseeing together.

Then I said firmly “Guides, no thank you.”

He left obediently.

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When I beat my chest, the sound echoed.

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Here is famous where shot the movie “Tomb Raider”

 

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Compering to Angkor Thom, here was different because I saw roots of huge trees entwine ruins.
It was a sight to see and mysterious place.

And I went to last place of this sightseeing.

 ★To Banteay Kdei
I watched ruins walking in the forest.

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When I did sightseeing between each ruins, I overwhelmed huge ruins made of stones.
But now, watching photographs with guidebooks,
I feel that mysterious atmosphere…

Next is sightseeing of Tonle Sap
I felt something was wrong in here.

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