I ran a 5k in Cambodia that started at sunrise. It was the perfect way to experience the real magic of Angkor, the largest religious structure ever built.

The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Angkor in Cambodia is the largest religious monument in the world. The temples and structures of the Angkor archaeological site sprawl across 154 square miles and received 2.6 million visitors in 2018.

Many of us who live in cities tend to forget what night really looks like. But far from the glow of streetlights and buildings, I found nighttime truly was pitch-black on the outskirts of Siem Reap, Cambodia.

At least, that’s my excuse for how I came to be standing in front of one of the most famous sights in the world, the fabled Angkor Wat, without even knowing it.

I had always wanted to explore Angkor. When I saw that registrations for the December 8 race were open, it was a carpe diem moment for me — why not finally go, and for a worthy cause, too? So I booked my flight to Cambodia and signed up for the 5k run.

In full: https://www.businessinsider.com/angkor-wat-travel-tips-race-beat-the-crowd-visit-early-2020-3

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