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Top alternative spots to watch the sunset at Angkor Wat

Top alternative spots to watch the sunset at Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is, without doubt, one of the most impressive and beautiful of Cambodia's heritage sites, so it's hardly surprising that the majority of people who travel to the country visit this stunning temple complex.

Watching the sun go down here is another activity that's high on the list of many travellers, but the most famous spots for viewing the sunset are often very crowded and the Cambodian government is worried that this may cause unnecessary damage to the site.

It recently launched a new website providing information about lesser-known places around the temples where you can see the amazing sunsets from a new perspective. We've had a look at the suggestions and picked out some of our favourite alternative spots to watch night fall over Angkor Wat.

Angkor Wat East

Angkor Wat East

Most tourists head to the western side of Angkor Wat to watch the sun go down and see the outline of the buildings reflected in the moat. Travel instead to the east side of the complex and you'll leave the crowds behind and be presented with equally stunning views.

The outline of the temples will be silhouetted against the glowing orange and red of the sky - a truly striking photo opportunity.

From a hot air balloon

From a hot air balloon

This is the ultimate way to escape the crowds - float above them. Just outside the Angkor Wat complex is the Sokha Balloon, where you can clamber into the basket of a hot air balloon that's tethered to the ground and see the stunning temples from an altitude of 150 metres.

Although the area nearby can be busy, once you're in the balloon you won't have many other people for company.

Tomnup Anh Chanh

This option will see you travel away from Angkor Wat along a dirt track from where you'll have amazing views of the temples against the skyline. This is a quiet vantage point and is a great choice if you'd like to have an overview of the entire site at sunset.

Laura Rawlings

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