It was well worth it to start our visit before sunrise as the day promised high temperatures and large crowds for New Year’s. The moment when the sun rose over the temple was absolutely breath-taking.
After exploring ever inch of it, we came across a priest offering blessings before a shrine to Buddha. He took my hand and put a red string bracelet around it, praying over me in Khmer as he tied. Our guide told me that his prayer was for good luck.
We went on to explore Angkor Thom City as well as Ta Prohm – famous for being overgrown and the site of the filming of Angelina Jolie’s Tomb Raider. Angelina is big here. The Bayon Temple at Angkor Thom City was truly magnificent with over 200 carved Buddha faces.