Sunrise at Angkor Wat

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I woke up early with +Brian Matiash to head over to Angkor Wat and photograph the sunrise. We got up early, before 4:00 am, and were the very first people there, which was excellent because we got the primo spot with the best view (our guide was very kind to lead the way). :)

Just before the sun started to rise and color flooded the sky, the waterside was also flooded … with people. We knew to expect this, but it was ridiculous how many people come out this early to get a peek at the sun rising behind the temple. I don’t blame them, it was spectacular.

Afterwards we walked around the temple and even had our photo taken with a monk. :) I’m really loving it here, the Khmer people are incredibly friendly and hospitable, it’s such a lovely country.

By | 2016-12-18T17:01:02+00:00 November 11th, 2012|69 Comments

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My name is Nicole and I'm a photographer, author, & educator living in Portland, Oregon, USA. When I'm not making photos I'm writing books and tutorials for my online store, Learn more about me and my story here.

69 Comments

  1. Anonima nohay November 11, 2012 at 2:35 am - Reply

    omg its perfect w i love it

  2. Alexandre Pormann November 11, 2012 at 2:36 am - Reply

    I saw a snake pass there

  3. Mert Taylor November 11, 2012 at 2:37 am - Reply

    WoW, nice!

  4. amar choudhary November 11, 2012 at 2:37 am - Reply

    nice to know…

  5. 郭雪凯 November 11, 2012 at 2:38 am - Reply

    the pic. is perfect.

  6. Peter de Rooij November 11, 2012 at 2:39 am - Reply

    Nice!  And ridiculous.  
    And be glad – it is even more ridiculous when there is no sunrise, which is what happened to me.  Well I guess there was one, but nobody noticed it:-)

  7. Brian Bonham November 11, 2012 at 2:42 am - Reply

    So glad you're having a good time.

  8. Kjetil Greger Pedersen November 11, 2012 at 2:46 am - Reply

     Angkor Wat is a fabulous place. I need to visit it again :)

  9. Laura Downs November 11, 2012 at 2:52 am - Reply

    Beautiful. It is definitely worth it to see it at sunrise (and get a picture of the reflection in the water)

  10. Vatis Pirath November 11, 2012 at 2:52 am - Reply

    Great time in cambodia and glad that you enjoy

  11. Vatis Pirath November 11, 2012 at 3:10 am - Reply

    Great

  12. keone sephuthe November 11, 2012 at 3:17 am - Reply

    nice

  13. Erika Beagle November 11, 2012 at 3:18 am - Reply

    This is amazing…

  14. azad isam November 11, 2012 at 3:21 am - Reply

    جميل منظر

  15. Marianne Bush November 11, 2012 at 3:28 am - Reply

    You guys are so lucky. Was there years ago and wish I could go back tomorrow. This place is what got me into photography. Savor the moment.

  16. Lynn Bonelli November 11, 2012 at 3:43 am - Reply

    incredible!

  17. Samnang Miech November 11, 2012 at 4:06 am - Reply

    thank you very much that you say good for my country.

  18. Subhradip Das November 11, 2012 at 4:18 am - Reply

    wow,very nice pic

  19. jyoutridytia singh November 11, 2012 at 4:27 am - Reply

    it's good

  20. Delavigne Pascal November 11, 2012 at 5:32 am - Reply

    Très belle couleur

  21. russ adams November 11, 2012 at 6:03 am - Reply

    Wonderful! On my bucket list to visit! Look forward to other pics!

  22. abduallah rahin November 11, 2012 at 6:04 am - Reply

    حلو.صباح.الوردواليسمين

  23. Mauro Herrera November 11, 2012 at 6:06 am - Reply

    What canera do you use?

  24. azad isam November 11, 2012 at 6:23 am - Reply

    جميل جدن منظر اني ازهر مقيم في امريكه 0018327152916

  25. SYB King November 11, 2012 at 7:30 am - Reply

    Awesome picture of one of the greatest things in my Motherland.

  26. Ranzkie Reyno November 11, 2012 at 7:32 am - Reply

    So wonderfull shot i love it

  27. David Dave November 11, 2012 at 7:33 am - Reply

    That is one amazing picture, thank you for sharing …

  28. Noles Dennhardt November 11, 2012 at 7:48 am - Reply

    awesome story! enjoy your adventures!

  29. sorasak nimitrattanaphon November 11, 2012 at 7:48 am - Reply

    Great

  30. Antaya Washausen November 11, 2012 at 7:56 am - Reply

    I am so jealous I have always wanted to go there

  31. ABHIJEET PANDHARKAR November 11, 2012 at 9:00 am - Reply

    awesome….:)

  32. Maryam Abbasian November 11, 2012 at 9:15 am - Reply

    fantastic

  33. Sambath Pon November 11, 2012 at 9:20 am - Reply

    very very fantastic !

  34. Lotte Starck November 11, 2012 at 9:24 am - Reply

    A fine timed photo and great seeing a sunrise this early in this spot!

  35. mak tevinn November 11, 2012 at 9:31 am - Reply

    so beautiful!

  36. Thyrak Noun November 11, 2012 at 10:01 am - Reply

    So glad,nice time

  37. Rakesh Gupta November 11, 2012 at 10:23 am - Reply

    Surat

  38. Andrei Kuratov November 11, 2012 at 10:52 am - Reply

    They say in all the Russian Orthodox Church's cathedrals the Crosses at the tops will always face east. I wonder if the entry to this cathedral faces the east, too.

  39. Heang Keolong November 11, 2012 at 10:57 am - Reply

    Very nice view…

  40. Amna Ahmed November 11, 2012 at 11:30 am - Reply

    nice view

  41. MARTA B.VILLARINO November 11, 2012 at 11:50 am - Reply

    Wow! Nice view, and very good idea

  42. Boris Manic November 11, 2012 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    BEAUTIFUL!

  43. prashant bhat November 11, 2012 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    MIND BLOWING VIEW….:)

  44. Rosalind Lazarte November 11, 2012 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    Bellisima foto de un lugar muy querido……gracias

  45. Deborah Pankopf November 11, 2012 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    So beautiful

  46. Chris Lazzery November 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    Yeah! Can't wait to see the real deal shot of this.

  47. prashant bhat November 11, 2012 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    nicly done nicole & brian….its really beautifull….:)

  48. Sochean Ung November 11, 2012 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Love my country CAMBODIA

  49. Sokly Ky November 11, 2012 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    Welcome to Cambodia :)

  50. Elaine Wotherspoon November 11, 2012 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    Nice

  51. Harshita Naithani November 11, 2012 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L

  52. willy junior yahil contamana November 11, 2012 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    perfect picture, excellent

  53. Seanna G November 12, 2012 at 1:04 am - Reply

    Were you completely stunned by the size?  I couldn't believe how big it was – and a friend I was with reminded me this was once the ruling center of the world. Thanks for sharing your photos – they are excellent.

  54. Nirosh Darshan November 12, 2012 at 5:03 am - Reply

    nice

  55. Tony Young November 12, 2012 at 7:17 am - Reply

    fantastic picture, whats that in the for-ground ?……. Oh the Blinking camera:)… Hi there  Nicole S. Young…. I decide to follow you… for 2 reasons 1. that I'm interested in photography….. & 2 . we share the same surmane… so you got to be good :)

  56. Rosalind Lazarte November 12, 2012 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    I love that place….I was born an live a while…ahhhhhhhhh the memories……

  57. happy singh November 12, 2012 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    what is the price of that camera

  58. S Saravanan November 13, 2012 at 1:58 am - Reply

    nice

  59. Katie November 14, 2012 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    I so loved reading this little story – brought back a flood of memories of when I lived in Prague, and got up early to trek out to the Charles Bridge for sunrise and ended up being the only person there. One of my fondest memories. I’ve been loving your images from your travels!

  60. Shyh-Shiun Jerry Wang November 16, 2012 at 1:50 am - Reply

    it's beauty.

  61. umedmal jain November 16, 2012 at 10:34 am - Reply

    I wish temples of Angkor Watt may be developed as a holy Teerth for all devout Hindus, to visit at least once in a lifetime!

  62. 김상진 November 16, 2012 at 11:58 am - Reply

    Wow good

  63. Visa Thai November 17, 2012 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    Im cambodian i lvoe khmer lvoe cambodia

  64. Visa Thai November 17, 2012 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    Angkor khmer in cambodia love live

  65. 박성열 November 18, 2012 at 3:45 am - Reply

    Cood

  66. 박성열 November 18, 2012 at 3:45 am - Reply

    너무아름답읍니다

  67. prashant bhat November 18, 2012 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    dat wos amezing pic nicole,plse post some more of such pic….:)

  68. 박동현 November 29, 2012 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    Wow 멋져요^^

  69. Nina Gomes November 30, 2012 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    lindo

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