just after the autumnal equinox during September
Angkor Wat was built in the early 12th century by King Suryavarman II and is often considered to be the ‘eighth wonder of the world’.
Visitors have continued to be amazed by this religious monument, which is quite simply breathtaking. The iconic sunrise over Angkor is a ‘bucket list’ item for sure, but there are other times when with a little planning and foresight you can be blessed with a memorable and unique vista.
The image shows Venus rising over Angkor Wat, just after the autumnal equinox during September, with the solitude and peace perfectly captured in still form.
The early morning light reflects upon the northern gate at Banteay Kdei
The early morning light reflects upon the northern gate at Banteay Kdei, a temple which even during busy times provided the opportunity to escape the crowds.
Village life continues within Angkor Archeological Park and here you can see a local villager on his motorbike WITH trailer, heading east towards Sras Srang, one of the vast manmade barays or reservoirs that provide vital irrigation throughout the park.
Starting in June with the arrival of the monsoon rains,...
Starting in June with the arrival of the monsoon rains, the temples within the complex take on a whole new appearance.
The moss and lichen enjoy their time to thrive as they create a carpet over each and every surface, a natural transformation that is both impressive and dramatic.
Shown below is Ta Nei temple which was built in the late 12th century by King Jayavarman VII, the devata in the background watching on as her surroundings are slowly transformed.
Tourists or no tourists, local life continues
The 12th century gated city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmer empire, measures 9 square kilometres and is accessed by 5 majestic gates.
Home to the iconic Bayon Temple, you could spend a whole day or more exploring the multiple temples within the ancient gated city.
Tourists or no tourists, local life continues, as this image of two local women on their bicycles about to exit the north gate depicts.
Be greeted with an infectious smile on multiple occasions.
One thing you can be sure of when exploring the temples of Angkor, is that you will be greeted with an infectious smile on multiple occasions.
When this photo was taken at Preah Khan temple in August 2021, Cambodian schools were still closed as they have been for the duration of the pandemic.
Government guidelines have just been issued to implement a much needed re-opening and we hope that by the time you read this, this young Khmer lad will still be smiling, and be back at school…
An empty walkway with the five iconic towers behind you
At the end of the evening on an empty walkway with the five iconic towers behind you, it’s time to leave Angkor Wat and what better time to do that than just after the spring equinox in March.
With the sun slowly sinking and the sky on fire, it’s time to say goodbye to the eighth wonder of the world, with memories that you will cherish forever.
Just you, your camera and the four other inquisitive soles who enjoyed this once in a lifetime experience.
Author: Paul Eyers
So for anyone who has Cambodia and the temples of Angkor on their radar, there’s never been a better time to visit as you will be sure to enjoy Angkor Wat like you’ve never seen it before.
And for those budding photographers amongst you, why not join one of the half day or full day photo tours with the excellent Angkor Photography Tours? This popular Angkor Sunrise Tour is an action packed half day including luxury SUV transportation, breakfast and exploring the trio of temples which are all seen above, Angkor Wat, Ta Nei and Preah Khan.
Along the way you will not only enjoy expert and knowledgable guidance to the temples, but photographically you will be assisted and guided to ensure you capture the best pictures possible.