Bucket List Worthy
Are you a morning person?
I am, but I don’t like waking up before the sun rises! Moreover, getting up before dawn doesn’t rhyme with vacation.
Nevertheless, some activities are worth waking up before dawn. Here are the 3 activities that got me up way before the sun shined its first rays, in all my years of travel around the world.
A visit to Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Cambodia’s most iconic sight, is best seen with the first sun rays. Besides, if you want a good spot for taking a memorable picture of the outer wall of Angkor Wat, without the crowds blocking your way, you’ll want to put your alarm clock around 4AM.
Is the lack of sleep worth your photography experience? Totally! Why? Besides being voted by Lonely Planet as world’s number 1 sight, Angkor Wat is a very special, spiritual and cultural retreat where you’ll enjoy wandering around Bayon, located at the heart of Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, where you can witness the crumbling towers and walls locked in the embrace of vast root systems, and so much more.
Wild animals being mostly active early in the morning and at the end of the afternoon, getting up very early is your best bet to spot leopards, elephants, wild water buffalos, over 200 bird species and more than 45 species of reptiles in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka.
You could go on your safari adventure from 4PM to sundown, but if you don’t spot what you are most yearning for, your chance will be over. Starting your experience early in the morning gives you a chance to have your binoculars ready all day long. Upgrade your once in a lifetime adventure by sleeping in a luxury tent, inside the park, and listen to the exotic fauna while you enjoy your evening meal.
And yes, there is nothing like spotting an animal in the wild! The first time I saw a wild elephant, I cried!
If you’re up for a magical moment, then a hot air balloon ride gently drifting over the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia, in Turkey, through valleys scattered with pigeon houses, over orchards and vineyards is perfect for you.
All hot air balloon rides are starting right before sunrise, to admire the most spectacular ever changing colours of the diversified landscape. It will leave you breathless. So yes, you will be happy you didn’t snooze!
What’s your best reason to wake up before dawn?