For our second day of exploring, we got up insanely early to catch the sunrise. The guidebook suggested watching the sun come up over the lake at Sras Srang. As the first rays pierced the morning sky, I turned to Karen and said, “This is no good.” Sure, we were seeing the sunrise, but not over a temple.

To the tuk-tuk! After a quick scan of the map, we zipped over to Pre Rup, which came through on every level. It was an inspiring sunrise, and we had the whole place to ourselves for quite a while. Even after Karen finished exploring, I continued walking around inside, pursuing new camera angles and just sitting around reflecting on this crazy journey we’ve been on for five months. It was a good morning.