As I mentioned in an earlier post about arriving in and exploring Siem Reap, we had asked the hotel to organize a drive that took us out of the town and into the countryside. The hotel arranged for a car to take us to see the the sun set over the Tonlé Sap lake. That was a great suggestion.
I don’t know how long it took us to drive out far enough to the part of the lake that looked west. Was it 45 minutes? Can’t recall. In any case, there were small boats on the lake, I assume for tourists but not sure. However, we had a private car take us around because we just felt like taking it very easy.
Having our own transport allowed us to go into areas that I would guess tourists do not visit – our driver did really well (I thought he had said his name was Seagull – we found out a little too late it was Sygold – lol).
We got to walk around the humble homes of folks who live by the lake which not only afforded us great opportunities for sunset photos but also to see more of local life, even if for too short an experience.
And the combination of the setting sun with the lake, the vegetation, and the local homes certainly made for a beautiful sunset.
It was a great first day in Cambodia to see the sunset and a different reality than ours at home and even folks in the town of Siem Reap – if you have the chance to do this while visiting Angkor Wat, I recommend it!
What to Know
- Going to the lake is pretty easy and does not take too long.
- As it is sunset, when mosquitoes get more active, put on some bug spray; I have to say I did not feel mosquitoes and I forgot to put on bug spray but Cambodia has malaria risk so I was glad I was on anti-malarial.
- Bring water. And there were no nearby facilities that I could see – but plenty of bushes!
- Be ready to kick a football/soccer ball if the opportunity arises!