Beside Candi Borobudur Temple, Angkor Wat has been in my bucket list for the longest time. I finally got to experience it recently.
We woke up at 4 AM to get ready to see the sunrise at Angkor Wat, Siem Reap. We walked past the pitch-black neighbourhood and reached the main road where the tour guide waited for us. But before I had the chance to let out a long sigh for surviving walking past many stray dogs on the way, he told us politely that I should change because they might not allow me to enter the premises while channeling Angelina Jolie. Why do I keep repeating the same mistake again and again?
Angkor Wat and Tomb Raider
Today was my one day. I copied the Tomb Raider and wore a black tank top and shorts and carried a backpack. I was so ready! Fast forward – I walked back to change into full-length jeans (I didn't bring any decent pants. I was traveling light, and it was Cambodia during summer) and walked past the dogs while silently praying. Then, I got in the car - Pheew!
Not far from the city, we reached Angkor Wat when the sun started to peek. The outer garden looked so serene, even though it was swarmed with us, tourists. There were tour guides who offered their services and guide books. We said no to it.
I am not a morning person, so my default mode on anything offered to me before 9 AM and a cuppa is "no, thanks" but I suggest taking it. It's a huge temple, and it would be nice to have someone to guide you around it.
Law Of Attraction-ing Angkor Wat
While walking around the temple grounds, I couldn't help but wonder how it would have looked like during the golden time of the Kingdom? It must have been magnificent.
You know, I have a practice of putting the picture of the place I want to visit as my office desktop screen and changing it once I have visited the place. I started doing it when I started my current job four years ago. It was only last year that I realised that I have been going to the places I displayed on it.
I believe in the law of attraction, so I was more thrilled than surprised. Still, what surprised me most was when I looked back, I remembered seeing the exact images on my desktop in real life. When I put Angkor Wat on my Cultural Travel Experiences list, just to make it interesting,
I chose a not-so-obvious part of the temple, something I could easily miss out, challenging the Universe to bring me there. And it delivered. I saw and photographed that particular part.
Nicely done, Universe!
We were exhausted when we stopped by a small café just opposite of the temple. They sold delicious Cambodia food. Time to fuel up.