Waking up at 4.30am and leaving at 5.15am was a new experience to many, but it was accepted with no moans and groans, but quite the opposite. On arrival at Angkor Wat we assembled in front of the pond and waited for the sun to rise behind the Temple.
It was peaceful watching the sun come up and silhouette the magnificent building against a beautiful pink and orange tinged sky. An hour later, after walking up to the third level and witnessing intricately carved murals depicting history of the time, we were done, and had breakfast before proceeding with the Bayon temple tour.
A short drive later and we arrived at the final temple of Tah Prom which was the highlight of the tour, since everyone had heard the 'Tomb Raider’ temple, after the movie of that name was filmed there. The students loved that the temple was almost ‘alive’ and one remarked that it was as if the forest was reclaiming what once belonged to nature!