Angkor Wat - A Photo Journey

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A visit to Angkor Wat in Cambodia had been on my bucket list for years – a fitting destination for my first foray into the world of DSLR photography.

Here is a compilation of my favourite moments from my day trip to this ancient and mysterious city.

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Just before sunrise
angkor wat cambodia sunrise top tips travel holiday vacation
Fog through my camera lens
angkor wat cambodia sunrise top tips travel holiday vacation
Worth the early morning wake-up call
angkor wat cambodia top tips travel holiday vacation
Walking through Angkor Wat
angkor wat cambodia top tips travel holiday vacation

angkor wat cambodia top tips travel holiday vacation


angkor wat cambodia top tips travel holiday vacation
Detailed wall carvings
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Spot the missing Buddha head? Our guide told us statue heads were pillaged in the past (Buddha heads being the most lucrative)




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Elephant carving


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360 degrees - faces on all fronts
angkor wat cambodia top tips travel holiday vacation



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Ruins - merging with nature

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Sunset


angkor wat cambodia top tips travel holiday vacation
angkor wat cambodia top tips travel holiday vacation
One last look and it's farewell



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Unwind on Pub Street after a day of trekking through historical Angkor Wat!

  1. Avoid this rookie error:  Depending on when you travel (I was there in April), the difference in temperature and humidity from inside the hotel to outdoors can cause your camera lenses to fog up. I learnt this the hard way by not allowing enough time for my lens to adjust, creating a hazy fog over my first few photos and completely missing the sunrise.
  2. It pays to be the early bird:  Make sure you arrive early if you want to catch the best light for photographs.  By the time we had paid for our entrance tickets, it was 5:45am and there was already a huge crowd waiting with their cameras. I would get there earlier if you can to stake out your vantage point.
  3. Visas:  Check if your passport enables you to obtain a visa-on-arrival into Cambodia. Be wary of getting one online – I paid US$35 for one online, only to find it wasn’t valid and had to pay another US$30 to enter the country.
  4. Dress appropriately:  Entry to some temples in Angkor Wat require women to be dressed in long pants or skirts (no shorts!). On our visit, my husband had taken out my track pants (which I had placed in our shared back pack), and I only discovered this upon arrival at the temple site. I had to run down a hill to buy some pants and run back up again to catch the sunset!
  5. Angelina's drink of choice:  It is openly advertised by The Red Piano on Pub Street that (apparently) the movie star enjoyed a cointreau cocktail during filming in Siem Reap. Try the "Tomb Raider Cocktail" for yourself! 

xx Amanda

amanda@lslookbook

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