Experience the magic of Angkor Wat with a private photography tours. Learn about the history and architecture of this ancient temple complex and get tips from a professional photographer on how to take great photos. Visit the best locations for photography, and avoid the crowds with an early morning or late afternoon start.
Explore the Angkor Wat Complex
Angkor Wat is a massive temple complex located in Cambodia. It was built in the 12th century by the Khmer Empire and is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu and is renowned for its intricate carvings and architectural beauty. In addition to the Angkor Wat temple, you can also discover other remarkable temples with grand scales and distinct styles that will evoke different emotions within you.
Tips for taking great photos at Angkor Wat
- Use a tripod to avoid blurry photos.
- Bring a wide-angle lens to capture the entire temple complex.
- Use a polarizing filter to reduce glare and improve contrast.
- Shoot in the early morning or late afternoon when the light is softest.
- Be patient and wait for the crowds to thin out.
The best time of day to visit Angkor Wat for photography
The best time of day to visit Angkor Wat for photography is early in the morning or late in the afternoon. The light is softest at these times, which will help you avoid blurry photos. I highly recommend checking the weather and also Buddhist Day because some of the Angkor Wat temples are not allowed to climb up on Buddhist Day.
The best locations for photography at the Angkor Wat Complex are
- The South Gate of Angkor Thom: This is the main entrance to the temple complex and offers stunning views of the temple.
- Bayon Temple: This temple is known for its 54 giant faces carved into its towers.
- Ta Prohm Temple: This temple is overgrown with trees and vines, giving it a mysterious and atmospheric feel.
- The Angkor Wat sunrise: This is a popular time to visit Angkor Wat to catch the sunrise over the temple, and then in the evening to visit other temples as mentioned above. The best time to visit Angkor Wat to catch the sunrise over the temple is during the dry season, which runs from November to March. During this period, the weather is generally clear with minimal chances of rainfall, making it ideal for watching the sunrise. However, do keep in mind that this is also the peak tourist season, so expect larger crowds during this time.
In the evenings, it is a good idea to visit other temples in the Angkor Archaeological Park. Some popular choices include Ta Prohm, Bayon, and Banteay Srei. These temples offer a different atmosphere and unique architectural features that are worth exploring. Additionally, visiting in the evenings allows you to avoid the scorching mid-day heat and enjoy the temples in a more peaceful setting.
- Banteay Srei Temple, located in Siem Reap, Cambodia, is a truly remarkable architectural masterpiece. What sets it apart from other temples in the area is its unique pink sandstone structure, giving it a distinct and mesmerizing appearance. This intricate temple is renowned for its exquisitely detailed carvings, which adorn every surface of the structure. The level of craftsmanship displayed in these carvings is truly awe-inspiring, with intricate motifs and patterns bringing the stone to life. The delicate carvings depict scenes from Hindu mythology, such as the gods Shiva and Vishnu, as well as various celestial beings and mythical creatures. The incredibly intricate nature of the carvings is made all the more impressive given the temple’s construction during the 10th century, using only rudimentary tools. Visiting Banteay Srei Temple is like stepping into a world of ancient artistry and craftsmanship, leaving visitors in awe of the beauty and skill that went into creating this captivating structure.
- How to avoid the crowds at Angkor Wat: The best way to avoid the crowds at Angkor Wat is to visit in the afternoon. You can also visit during the rainy season from August to October, when there are fewer tourists.
Overall, if you have a one-day tour, you will surely find these places enjoyable for photography. I highly suggest beginning your Angkor photography expedition for a duration of 3 days of Angkor Wat tours to explore the main temple attractions in Siem Reap.
How to get the most out of your private Angkor Wat tour
- Book your tour in advance, especially if you are visiting during the peak season.
- Choose a private tour guide, Mr. Rain, who is knowledgeable about the history and architecture of Angkor Wat.
- Be flexible with your itinerary, as there may be unexpected closures or delays.
- Bring plenty of water and snacks, as there are limited food and drink options available at Angkor Wat.
Angkor Photography Tours offers a unique opportunity for visitors to explore the ancient temples of Angkor in Cambodia while improving their photography skills. With a team of experienced professional photographers as guides, participants will not only learn technical aspects of photography but also receive guidance on how to capture the essence of these magnificent structures. The tours cater to both amateur and experienced photographers, with customized itineraries and small group sizes to ensure personalized attention. From the iconic Angkor Wat to lesser-known temples like Ta Prohm and Bayon, participants will have plenty of subjects to focus their lens on. The tour also includes visits to local villages and markets, providing opportunities for capturing the vibrant cultural life of the region. Whether you are looking to capture stunning landscape shots or detailed architectural features, Angkor Photography Tours is the perfect way to combine your passion for photography with a journey through history and culture.