Angkor Thum Travel Guide

  • Sunset at Bayon during a thunderstorm
    Sunset at Bayon during a thunderstorm
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Angkor Thum Things to Do

  • 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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  • 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...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • North Gate of Angkor Thom

    This happens to be a quieter gate to check out as opposed to the Victory Gate or the South Gate. Most people pass through the North Gate when doing the "Large" circle tour.. Located at the north end of Angkor Thom and before you arrive at Preah Khan.

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  • Victory Gate

    The Victory Gate is an entrance and exit on the east side of Angkor Thom. I passed through near the end of the trip when I wanted to visit a few sites a second time. The photos were taken around 8:00am. I was lucky no one was around. Most enter Angkor Thom from the south and spend the morning at Bayon. It is worth the effort to take a different...

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  • Sunrise at Bayon Temple

    While the majority of people flock to Angkor Wat for sunrise, which should be experienced at least once, there are other options. If you are getting a late start and want to avoid the crowds at Angkor Wat, a visit to Bayon Temple for sunrise is a very worthwhile trip. If you are fortunate to have clear skies in the morning, I would suggest going...

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  • Sunrise at Bayon

    While the majority of people flock to Angkor Wat for sunrise, which should be experienced at least once, there are other options. If you are getting a late start and want to avoid the crowds at Angkor Wat, a visit to Bayon Temple for sunrise is a very worthwhile trip.If you are fortunate to have clear skies in the morning, I would suggest going to...

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  • Victory Gate

    The Victory Gate is an entrance and exit on the east side of Angkor Thom. I passed through near the end of the trip when I wanted to visit a few sites a second time. The photos were taken around 8:00am. I was lucky no one was around. Most enter Angkor Thom from the south and spend the morning at Bayon. It is worth the effort to take a different...

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  • The North Gate of Angkor Thom

    This happens to be a quieter gate to check out as opposed to the Victory Gate or the South Gate. Most people pass through the North Gate when doing the "Large" circle tour.. Located at the north end of Angkor Thom and before you arrive at Preah Khan.

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Angkor Thum Restaurants

  • Ly Ly Restaurant

    Across the road from the Leper King Terrace is a large dirt lot with souvenir vendors and a row of restaurants. This restaurant has a number 23 if that helps located it in the row of other restaurants. It looks more like an open public eating area. I ate here last year as well. The breakfast is adequate. They a have an extensive menu but stayed...

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  • Convenient location for breakfast

    Across the road from the Leper King Terrace is a large dirt lot with souvenir vendors and a row of restaurants. This restaurant has a number 23 if that helps located it in the row of other restaurants. It looks more like an open public eating area. I ate here last year as well. The breakfast is adequate. They a have an extensive menu but stayed...

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  • 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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Angkor Thum Transportation

  • Parking

    Large passenger buses are not permitted into Angkor Thom. However, Mini buses (24 passengers) are permitted. It seems they travel in a caravan and all follow the same path. Angkor Wat until about 1-2 hours after sunrise. Next stop is the South Gate of Angkor Thom then onto Bayon. Things start to spread out after Bayon. If you are traveling on your...

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  • Parking

    Large passenger buses are not permitted into Angkor Thom. However, Mini buses (24 passengers) are permitted. It seems they travel in a caravan and all follow the same path. Angkor Wat until about 1-2 hours after sunrise. Next stop is the South Gate of Angkor Thom then onto Bayon. Things start to spread out after Bayon. If you are traveling on your...

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  • 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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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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    You must buy a pass

    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

  • Mangalartha Temple

    Mangalartha is a small single temple set about 300 meters into the jungle from the Victory Gate road. This temple is seldom visited by tourist. This temple is rather significant due to a well preserved inscription at a door jam that provided researchers with good details about the time and origin of the temple. The temple is named after...

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  • 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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  • Original Road of Angkor

    Two sections of the original stone road in Angkor Thom still exist and are seldom travel today. The roads lead to the East gate of Angkor Thom. One road goes directly from Bayon Temple. The other connects the East Gate to the Victory Gate. I found it very interesting how good the road is considering the amount of rain that must have been...

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Angkor Thum General

  • South Gallery of Bayon Temple

    In very explicit detail, the south gallery naval battle shows clearly the start of the fighting and what becomes of the warriors if they fell overboard. It is quite possible they were forced overboard by their enemy. Crocodiles can be seen biting the torso or legs of the warriors in good detail with exposed teeth and clinching claws. This scene is...

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  • Outer Gallery of Bayon Temple

    The outer gallery of Bayon has beautiful carvings that are still in very good condition. Some walls show a procession of the Khmer army marching. Another wall shows activities of daily life at Angkor. This was one of my favorite things to do. I could spend hours just studying the carvings and imagining how life must have been for them in the 12...

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  • 200 Faces of Bayon Temple

    Bayon is one of my favorite places. I went twice because I enjoyed it so much. My second visit was in the late afternoon. Bayon is known for the many faces of Lokesvara, better known in Buddhist mythology as Avalokitasvara, a Bodhisattva that is widely revered. There is said to be 200 faces around the upper tier. I didn't count but there is a lot....

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