One of the most atmospheric places on Earth is at its most interesting before sunrise. Millions of visitors have seen it over the centuries and thousands stream out from Siem Reap town every day to crawl around it. Ponds around the ancient temple grounds are home to vibrant scarlet water lilies of the family Nymphaea that bloom before sunrise, then close up and disappear shortly after the sun comes up. These tropical lilies are native to Southeast Asia but are so unusual they have been commercialized and spread all over the world.
To see Ankor Wat, take your time – it’s not going anywhere. To see these remarkable lilies, you have about half an hour. (Pricing Schedule E)