It’s dark and the path is rocky. I stumble, but catch myself, intent on the destination. It’s 5 a.m. in Siem Reap, and the dim outline of Angkor Wat looms in the distance.
My husband, Benjamin, and I have joined others hiking toward the famous ancient icon of Cambodia. Sunrise is the best time to see the temple, and that’s what we aim to do. One of the largest religious monuments in the world, Angkor Wat casts a commanding presence. Originally built as a Hindu temple, it became a Buddhist temple in the 12th century.
As we reach our destination along a lake near the temple, the gray sky slowly turns to pink above Angkor Wat. The scene reflects in the lake, creating a stunning double image that draws oohs and aahs from the crowd.