Angkor Thum Travel Guide

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    Khmer Village Restaurant
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  • North Side of Sras Srang (Man-Made Lake)
    North Side of Sras Srang (Man-Made Lake)
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Angkor Thum Things to Do

  • Sras Srei - the Royal Pond

    At the northern part of the Royal Palace area there are two ponds. It is s very tranquil setting. I was surprised that no one was here. I guess it makes sense as there is not much to see. These are man made ponds. For a quiet little spot in the shade, this is a nice place to sit and rest from the heat and walking.

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  • The Royal Palace

    The Royal Palace of today does not exist. It is know the Royal Palace was within a walled area north of Baphuon Temple and south of Preah Palilay Temple. Within the wall known as the Royal Palace area is Phimeanakas Temple and the Royal Pond. The exact location of the Palace is unknown. People often mistaken Phimeanakas as the palace but it is...

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  • Terrace of the Elephants

    The Elephant Terrace is part of the Royal Palace complex serving as part of the east wall. It is said that this is where the King would watch parades of his army. The front wall of the terrace and beautifully carved elephants. There are also three dimensional versions with the trunks of the elephants almost acting as a decorative column.

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  • Terrace of the Leper King

    North of the Royal Palace Area and directly on the is the Terrace of the Leper King. The terrace is north and connected to Terrace of the Elephants. The Leper King terrace actually has two walls with a path way winding through. There are many carved Buddhas and Apsara throughout. On top is a seated Buddha statue, the Leper King. This is not the...

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  • Preah Palilay Temple

    While this is a small temple, I really enjoyed checking it out for several reasons. It is set back in the forest a bit and because of this gets less visitors. I'm all about seeing less visitors. The walk back is peaceful and shaded. I didn't see anyone else around. There is a short stone walkway that approaches the temple. A modern temple has been...

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  • Phimeanakas Temple

    Phimeanakas is found within the walls of the Royal Palace. Directly north through the palace walls from Baphuon Temple. Phimeanakas is a three tiered temple constructed in the 10th century. The original structure had a tower on top. Legend states that a serpent spirit with 9 heads lived in the tower and would appear disguised as a women. The Khmer...

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  • Baphuon Temple

    Baphuon is situated just northwest of Bayon Temple. It was built in the 11th century and was initially a Hindu temple but by the 15th century it was converted into a Buddhist temple. Baphuon was built upon a sand base. Because of this, it suffered many collapses over the hundreds of years. A major restoration project started in 2005 by French...

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  • Bayon Temple

    Bayon Temple was built in the 12 century and about 100 years after Angkor Wat. Bayon is in the exact center of Angkor Thom. It is famous for it's stone faces that highlight the magnificence of Bayon. In Bayon's current state, it has 37 towers. Each tower has four faces point in four directions. It is very impressive. Entering from the direction of...

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  • The South Gate of Angkor Thom

    Typically this is the first gate you will pass through when entering Angkor Thom. The gate is approached from a road leading north from Angkor Wat. There is a moat before the gate. That road is lined with figures on each side. These figures appear to be pulling the body of a snake. One side is said to be Guardian Gods and the other side Demon Gods....

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  • Entrance Ticket to Angkor Archeological...

    whether you are riding a tuk tuk, private car, tour van, bicycle or tour bus, all of you must go down and have your picture taken at the ticket booth for your entrance pass to the Angkor Archeological Park (if you are in a tour package, no extra charge but if you are back packing then you will pay at the ticket counters). You must possess an...

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  • Bayon - The Faces

    The 200 (my guidebook had the 126 number, but you can't really count them all - some are barely preserved) faces of the the bodhisattva of compassion called Avalokitesvara or Lokesvara - though bearing a noticeable resemblance to the temple's founder, King Jayavarman VII - is what Bayon is most famous forWhere are they?You can see them from pretty...

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  • Bayon - The Temple

    And here I've really did myself no favours with the rather cramped schedule for my 3-day stay in Siem Reap - hence, I've had to visit the Bayon in a rather flat light at about 2pm during the day. And it was - as you might well guess - very hot... But - back to business...First, some background information:Builder: King Jayavarman VIIEra: late 12th...

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Angkor Thum Restaurants

  • Where to Eat in the Angkor Temple...

    My typical scenario while visiting the Angkor Temple Complex was to start early (~7 AM), go back to town for lunch, stay at the air-conditioned hotel for the hottest part of the day, and return to visit more temples in the late afternoon and evening. I did eat in the Angkor area a couple of times at the Khmer Village Restaurant and the food was...

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  • Busy at lunchtime

    The temples at Angkor are spread over a huge area of some 400 square kilometres. There are only a few restaurants dotted around and these tend to be located in the main visiting areas. These include a row located near the entrance to the Bayon in Angkor Thom, a few near the entrance to Ta Prohm and a couple on the northern side of Srah Srang. They...

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  • Khmer Village Restaurant

    The Khmer Village Restaurant is a cozy stop-over during your trip to the Angkor monuments for breakfast, lunch and some drinks. This restaurant serves nice local food, as well as rice and noodle dishes, plus soft drinks and beer.It is popular, and many tourists were there for lunch when I was there in November 2009. The price is reasonable, and I...

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Angkor Thum Transportation

  • Bicyles to Go Around Angkor Complex

    Many Westerners (like the extreme sports and the sporty type) prefer to go around the angkor archeological park on a multi day tour just to bike around and take their time to see the temples around. Bicycles are available for rent in Siem Reap area.Since Cambodia is still a struggling third world country, not many people even own motorcycles but...

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  • Cambodian Tuk Tuk

    the cambodian version of a tuk tuk is like a motorcyle with a carriage like trailer that is attached to the rear end of the motorcycle. It can be quite a bumpy ride in these tuk tuks but it is the main mode of transport around the siem reap area and to the Angkor Complex. There are always a few tuk tuks waiting in front of hotels, guest houses,...

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  • Transportation around Angkor

    OK, so the temples of Angkor cover a vast area of some 400 square kilometres. So what's the best way of getting around to see them? Well I first bought a 3-day pass for $40 so I had enough time to see the majority of them and certainly the most important and well known of them plus some a little further away. This is what I did:Day 1: I hired a...

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Angkor Thum Local Customs

  • Smaller and Smaller Doorways

    In many of the Angkor temples you find places where the doorways get smaller and smaller. This is because you are approaching a place where you would find a god or king. It makes you stoop lower and lower.

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  • Your Money

    The local money is called the Rial but here in the Angkor area you can use US$ , Thai Baht or the Rial. Your change will most always be given in the Rial though. Make sure you understand the exchange rates so you're not taken advantage of...I didn't have any trouble with it. Actually I when the exact amount couldn't be given in change I was given...

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  • Local stick gatherers

    All through the day you can see groups of people slowly pedaling their bikes as they make their way from the forest to Siem Reap. One of the popular areas for this is located within the walls of Angkor Thom. I was told that this stick gathering is illegal but it sure wasn't enforced if that was true. I took this shot as we rode along just about to...

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Angkor Thum Warnings and Dangers

  • ALWAYS CARRY PLENTY OF FRESH WATER

    ANGKOR THOM I found when travelling through these out of the way ancient sites it is imperrative to carry plenty of fresh water with you , although in some places it is available ,the heat is so intense you will use a LOT of water..The sites here are situated long way off the roads and sometimes entail long walks ...so be prepared and AWAYS have...

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  • Children selling souvenirs

    A common scene as you wander around the sights are children trying to sell souvenirs such as postcards as well as drinks, bracelets, scarf’s and such like. They're quite persistent, even bordering on annoying but at the same time they are quite sweet and only trying to make some money. I got chatting to a few of them when I had a little something...

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Angkor Thum Tourist Traps

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    by herzog63 Written Aug 9, 2003

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    There are 1 day passes for $20 - 3 day passes are $40 and 1 week passes are $60. These are payable in US currency only. That was 2001 information. So I'm sure any of this could be subject to change. You will be checked for this pass at all of the majoy sites. Some of the smaller ones don't have a pass checker. I call this a tourist trap but it might not be...The prices just seem high to me as the standard of living in Cambodia is so low and these prices seem so high. If you are Khmer you don't need a pass.

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Angkor Thum What to Pack

  • Guide book

    Even though I bought a copy of Lonely Planet with me, it wasn't all that good with pictures or detail. I was browsing a copy of book shops in Siem Reap, at the old market and found many books on Angkor that are sold as counterfeit (copies). I decided to by one called The Treasures of Angkor by Marilia Albanese for just a few dollars and it really...

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  • Daypack & small notebook

    Please bring along a simple daypack to carry your essentials. It’s especially useful when you need both of your hands while exploring ruins & mountain temples.Good for carrying drinking water, cameras, rain jacket & etc. Bring a small little notebook to record your observations & your mood while you're exploring ruins.

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  • Sun Block

    Sun Block with low SPF (15-30) can be quite important to prevent severe burn. Especially during dry season.Get one from your nearest pharmacy outlet.Sport Block can be ideal since they are non-greasy & water-resistant.

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Angkor Thum Off The Beaten Path

  • Exploring the Royal Palace Wall

    Situated between Baphuon and Phimeanakas temples is a large wall that encompasses the Royal Palace area. There is a trail that runs along side the wall. It is worthwhile to take some time to explore this trail and walk along the wall. Many parts are still in good condition and it is a great way to get away from the crowds at the temples. Not many...

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  • Under Angkor Thom

    Sure, Angkor Thom looks exotic enough with all the gigantic trees grown wild, vines and gigantic roots. Wonder if there is underground cavern beneath it with a gigantic Brahma and stony Hanuman and tons of monkey warriors? Well, according to Tomb Raider ( 2001 ) , the cavern exists!

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  • The Bayon Filming Site for Tomb Raider

    Remember this scene? You know , the one where Lara Croft drives her Land Rover like a expert Grand Prix driver over brushes and rivers? Well, if you look very carefully in the picture, you can see the facade of the Bayon in the background ! Well, I certainly don't remember a river of any sort near the Bayon so this must have been the wet season...

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Angkor Thum Favorites

  • US Dollar is The Main Currency here in...

    actually, you don't need to change your US Dollars into Cambodian Riel since the US Dollar is a second Main Currency in here in the huge Angkor Archeological Complex and in Siem Reap and even the Market Vendors, Tuktuk Drivers, Restaurants and even beggars accept US Dollars but you must have smaller bills like $ 1, $ 4, $ 10 and $ 20 handy as they...

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  • Camdodian Riel

    The Cambodian Riel is the Currency of Cambodia but the US Dollar is the second main currency. you don't need to change your US Dollars into Cambodian Riel since the US Dollar is the second main currency of Siem Reap, at the Angkor Archeological Park Complex and all establishments and even tuktuk drivers accept them and give you change in US Dollars...

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  • Roads inside Angkor Archeological Park

    the roads inside this huge complex is a patch work of well paved roads, semi paved roads, dusty roads (i mean no asphalt, just bare earth and becomes muddy at the rainy season) roads and some jungle trails. The ride inside the complex will be bumpy specially if you are riding a tuk tuk around the area and is less bumpy if you are riding the bigger...

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