We tried to get to Angkor Wat for sunrise, but our driver’s idea of sunrise involved the sun already being in the sky. Our ability to function early in the morning meant that we didn’t necessarily protest. The temple is huge, but under the intense Cambodian sun I couldn’t capture the big picture.
Instead, I found myself paying more attention to the details.
Instead of hiring a guide, I bought a proper guide book that explained the imagery in many of the reliefs. This added a new dimension which definitely added to the experience.