Angkor Wat at sunrise is amazing. A must on each bucket-list. The shape of the buildings in the early morning is a dream, plus the perfect reflection in the lakes. But, it is also the most crowded place while sunrise we every been. Amazing how many people are waiting at the mirror lakes in front of Angkor Wat to see the sun rising. Being 15 minutes after opening hour there and you will not find any space at the lake (a least not on the left lake).
There are two mirror lakes when you enter Angkor Wat, decided which one you want to take. The right lake is a bit less crowded.
This photo spot is located within the temple area and can be accessed at around 5am up to sunset. Check the opening hours when preparing, it might change dependent on season. Plan to be few minutes before opening at the gate, to find the right spot.

Photo Spot:

  • Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • GPS Position: 13°24’43.2″N 103°51’51.3″E
  • Time: Sunrise
  • Access: 05:00 – 18:00

For this shot I used my Canon EOS 5D Mark III and the Canon EF17-40mm f/4L USM lens. Be sure to capture the beautiful reflections in the lakes. Many people will start visiting the temple already before the sun rises, so be prepared to use the stamp tool excessively while post-processing.

Used equipment:

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III camera
  • Canon EF17-40mm f/4L USM lens
  • Manfrotto befree tripod

Camera Setting:

  • Focal length: 17 mm
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Time: 1/15 s
  • ISO: 100

Recommendations:

  • be very early on this spot, otherwise you will not get any spot
  • use a stable tripod for the best results
  • stay from start of blue hour until end of golden hour

Map:

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