My final evening and morning in Siem Reap involved watching the sunset and sunrise at Angkor Wat and a dance and dinner show.
Before heading to the sunset, I hung out with a girl named Kaylee from Iowa, who was teaching English in Taiwan. I then headed to the temples.
My tuk-tuk driver was very nice. I stood in line to buy tickets behind an Australian couple who had an extreme hatred of Cambodia and an extreme love of Vietnam. The line was long, so I spent a considerable amount of time listening to them complain and complain about how awful Cambodia was. They were annoying.
I got to the entrance of the temple and hiked up. A girl got stopped because she was wearing shorts. She was annoyed even though the signs everywhere say it's a sacred place and no shorts are allowed. Or tank tops. I saw her later at the top wearing pants and aggressively sweating.
The view of the countryside from the temple was beautiful!
There was also a German couple standing next to me, who also stood right next to me during the sunrise the next morning.
I woke up bright and early to see the sunrise. Kaylee from Iowa woke up at 4 to go see the sunrise via a 4-wheeler. I did not do that. She slammed around the room for 30 minutes. I got up at 4:30 and at least tried to be quiet.
The same tuk-tuk driver drove me to the Angkor Wat Temple. I got there very early and had a lovely spot right by the lake and waited for the sun to come up! It was quite dark when I arrived, but slowly the sun came up! It was so beautiful!
While eavesdropping on the couple behind me, I learned that they were from Seattle! It's a small world!
I took a ton of beautiful pictures.
There were a lot more people viewing the sunrise than the sunset, probably because of the location! It was amazing!
I ended up asking some girls if they'd take my picture. They were extremely nice and took my picture and we chatted while walking back to our tuk-tuks. They were from Melbourne working on a small project after graduating from high school a few weeks before the trip.