In response, the country’s authorities have launched a website, Angkorsunsets.com, that allows tourists to locate alternative spots to soak in the sunset, including off-the-beaten-path places that will in turn spread out the crowds. The search engine lets you pick a site based on several criteria, such as crowd conditions, atmosphere, and distance from the gate.
So whether you’re looking for a romantic place near the gate or a remote party scene, the website, in theory, can help you find it. The complex is 160-square miles in total, so you better believe there are far more than a handful of great spots to catch the sunset.
Our first thought upon visiting the website is that it could use a bit of a makeover, but we do support the concept and respect the proactive approach being taken to protect this beautiful and historic area. We think the biggest problem in the past is simply that people don't know where to go, and this should not only spread everyone out, but expose visitors to areas they would not have found otherwise.
Be sure to drop us a line if you've used the site or experienced one of the legendary sunset views at Angkor Wat.