The Daddy of Them All

LUXE City Guides - Cambodia and Laos - - Angkor Confidential -

Angkor Wat. Grand, grey and look­ing bet­ter at 900 than any of us will, this C.12th mas­ter­piece has put Cam­bo­dia firmly back on the map. The world and its wife will head straight for the west gate for the clas­sic Angkor sun­rise photo op, how­ever, for an al­to­gether dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence, forgo that fourth mar­tini and rise pre-dawn, arm your­self with a torch and a trusty guide, and en­ter Angkor through the largely over­looked leafy east gate. Poke around the tem­ple, then for a pre-break­fast Hol­ly­wood mo­ment, exit the gallery through the west gate to the flash­ing lights of the tourist cam­eras. Af­ter­wards, break your fast at Angkor Café / 012 890 539 / or Chez Sop’héa / 012 858 003. Ar­rive by 5.30am if us­ing the east gate, or by 6am if us­ing the west gate, and if it’s cloudy, scam­per back into bed for a pash and go an­other day.

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