The Angkor Wat sunrise is an absolute must-see. Most people take a tuktuk for the 10km journey, but I chose to rent a bicycle for $1 and cycle there, which turned out to be quite the adventure.
Almost two years ago, I found myself in Siem Reap, Cambodia, at the start of my Southeast Asia adventure. I had met another backpacker at my hostel to bike with, so we made plans to leave at 4:45am the next morning. Given how early it was, I knew there was a good chance that I would not be seeing him in the morning, so I knew I had to be prepared to go on my own.
Which is exactly what happened.
There were definitely some sketchy parts of my bike ride- riding solo while half asleep and still very jetlagged, navigating a town that I was completely unfamiliar with, and in the dark, was definitely an experience. But the sketchiest part was the road close to Angkor Wat, in the jungle-y part. I kept hearing all these creature noises coming from the jungle, so I was riding as fast as I could to get that part over with. It was nearly pitch black there, so I could barely see in front of me and I knew that at any minute I could hit a bump in the road and go flying off my bike and be fair game for god only knows what kind of creatures were in that jungle.
I definitely questioned what the hell I was doing with my life a few times on the journey.
But when I arrived at Angkor Wat for the sunrise, it was completely worth the sketchy 10km bike ride alone in the dark at 5am.
Either way you choose to get there doesn’t matter, as long as you see Angkor Wat at sunrise 🙂