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Photographer's Note

On the bright sunny day that I picked to catch the sunset, it didn't happen. Clouds moved in and the overcast pictures weren't anything to shout about. The normally peak-season crowd of sunset eventually returned to Siem Reap town for the night, leaving only a handful loitering to see the last traces of light vanish from the clouds.

Amazingly Angkor Wat suddenly started lighting up... and what a sight it became... and there was hardly anyone around except for local kids playing and a few local couples huddled by the bank.

Still set on my tripod after countless low-light slow-shutter shots of crowds leaving against the overcast-gray Angkor Wat, I started shooting the various stages of flood lights being turned on.

Good advice for anyone catching sunset at Angkor Wat to just stay (seemingly pointlessly) till dark by the water-side for this spectacular view. Photos can never capture the true breathtaking experience, and the beauty of its serenity (without the usual urban sky-laser or fireworks accompanyment).

Interestingly, very few (actually nobody that we asked including our tuk-tuk driver and hotel staff) knew about this either.

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