Walk inside one of the biggest Buddhist temples built in Angkor, Cambodia.

Chances are the droves of tourist in Angkor will be trying to photograph sunrise at Angkor Wat. Use this to your advantage and shoot this temple first. It's best to be there no later than 7am. The light is gorgeous then and you'll be able to get every shot you want with nobody in your way. You can take a tuk tuk to the temple, they're cheap and do the job just fine. You can also hire a driver, though I'm not sure how expensive that will run you. Definitely bring a tripod for the temple shoots, you'll want to capture longer exposures within the darkness that sits inside the temple walls.

Really be patient with yourself and with your shot here. There is so much detail and history that exist in these temples. Its nice to take it all in every so often. It would be to your benefit to have both a zoom and a wide angle lens. The details etched into the stone are too great to miss, but seeing how each stone lays on top of the next to create a grand temple such as this, is something to be admired too.

This temple is one of the biggest, so when planning to visit here, make sure you pair it up with some of the smaller temples, its better to spend more time in the temples, than shorter times jumping around to each temple.

It does tend to be a bit dusty here, so bring a bandana or buff to help with that. Also carry a bottle of cold water, the humidity and heat are intense.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • ND Filter
  • Lens cleaner
  • Wide-Angle lens
  • Zoom lens
  • Tripod
  • Water
  • Comfortable shoes
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The temples are awe inspiring

Every temple around Siem Reap is incredible. The details of the carvings are amazing, and it is even more amazing that these huge temples have survived hundreds of years. I went during July though, so it was extremely hot. If going then, be sure to wear light clothing and bring plenty of water.


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