Should I bother with sunrise at Angkor Wat【旅游的英语】?Probably not. Photographs of early-morning Angkor Wat, with purple or orange skies reflected in the lotus pond, are beautiful, but your chances of replicating them are slim. Photos with the sun rising directly over the temple are taken near the spring or autumn equinox (March 21 or September 21). There are always throngs of tourists crowding around the ponds blocking the shot you want. They also talk—even yell—endlessly, ruining what should be a magically serene experience. Go if you must, but you’ll need to have your ticket purchased in advance. The gates open at 5 a.m. It takes about 20 minutes to get there from Siem Reap, plus the time to have your ticket punched at the vehicle checkpoint. If you’re one of the first in line, you might get one of the prime spots on the edge of the pond. You might be able to ward off a latecomer from standing in front of you, too.
What about the sunset temples?Skipping them isn’t a bad idea either. Crowds also throng at Phnom Bakheng and Pre Rup to watch the sunset. You will be elbow to elbow in an annoying crowd. You can see temples in the distance, but not in a way that will really show up in your photos. Note that to see the sunset from Phnom Bakheng, you must be at the temple at the top of the hill by 5:30 p.m. to enter. Only 300 people are allowed up, so arrive early or you may not be allowed to enter at all.Counterpoint: Sometimes the throngs are worth it for truly incredible sights, and sunrise/set at Angkor Wat could definitely be considered one of them. If you go, put your camera down and really witness the spectacle.
What's the best one-day tour?If you truly only have one day to see some of the most magnificent ruins in the world, Angkor’s top three temples are Bayon, Angkor Wat, and Ta Prohm. This is called the Small Circuit. See Bayon first. About an hour after sunrise, the golden sun will beautifully highlight many of the 216 faces atop the temple. Next visit Angkor Wat. Go straight to the second tier at the back left corner and see how long the line is. Only 100 people at a time are allowed to climb to the top tier, and you will need to wait in line. Queues are shortest around 1 p.m. Explore the rest of the temple, time permitting, as you make your way back to the entrance.Known as the “Tomb Raider” temple, Ta Prohm has trees growing out of temple walls. Light conditions don’t matter as much here as at Bayon, so it’s OK to leave it to last. You could reverse the order if you wish, but most of the faces at the top of Bayon are in shadow by about 4 p.m.