Angkor Thom, Siem Reap

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Angkor Thom features the epic remains of the last "great city" of the Khmer Empire. Founded in the 12th century by King Jayavarman VII, the city was a true administrative, military, and religious center of the kingdom. The wooden structures have long collapsed, but the stone walls, five gates, and terraces adorned with elaborate carvings still remain, with some portions completely restored--such as the popular south gate. To approach this gate you need to walk through a moat between two rows of statues holding the seven-headed Naga (giant serpent)--symbolizing the passage from the world of people to the world of goods. A Buddhist temple sited at the center inside the walls represents the connection between heaven and earth. Do not miss the terrace decorated with elephant carvings where royal parties took place. Put Angkor Thom into our Siem Reap trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Not one of the major temples but worth the time. Near Siem Reap. The city is worth hanging out for several days.
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  • The old capital is a dream. The buildings are well preserved and are also being carefully restored. As a result, some areas are sometimes locked or obscured by tarps. The relief about the Battle of Tonle Sap Lake is absolutely worth seeing. Unfortunately, the entire facility is massively overcrowded over the weekend, from Friday to Sunday, because of weekend tourists from Vietnam and China. Therefore, it is best to visit from Monday to Thursday. Absolutely worth seeing
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  • The Angkor Thom enclosure seemed to me to be the largest in dimension of all the temples we visited although I must say that we confused door and had to undo the walk. Therefore, pay attention to the door you enter if you have to go back to catch the tuk tuk. Otherwise, another temple of great beauty worth a visit that if not for the amount of tourists you will find everywhere you would feel at another time.
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  • An awesome temple that is usually the second stop on the one day tour of the temples. This location has tons of monkeys roaming about, but is also one of the busiest temples you'll find. Because it does not require a lot of climbing, this place will be packed with tour groups. Some tourists have better manners than others and there can be jockeying for photo ops. You might want to do a lap of the complex before setting out to take pictures. Having the light hitting the faces helps their intricate design stand out. You will be able to find plenty of faces in good quality conditions all around.
  • Nice temple next to a great trail. I suggest going around the smaller temples. From the trail you can see large trees, monkeys, birds and insects. I suggest bringing water and spending some time here.
  • Unbelievable these things are still standing. So cool to see such ancient architecture. Lots of people and it gets hot in the sun, but definitely worth checking out.
  • Contains Bayon Temple home of Smiling Buddha faces - Absolutely a do-not-miss. While it can be quite warm with a good deal of sun, has many steps and even a ladder, the effort is well worth it. If the heat is too much, there are a number of lower level inside passages that are much cooler and quite interesting as well.
  • Angkor Thom really is a 3Km X 3Km walled city, containing several important temples, royal palace & parade terraces amongst a vast park. It has 2 gates on the east wall, & 1 each on the other 3 walls. Back in its hay days a full million people lived inside this walled city, mostly nobility, monks, administrators & military officers. Commoners lived outside in the foreasts. Together with the nearby world famous Angkor Wat temple they represent one of the most important historical sites in Asia. A must visit for anyone, but best to visit while still fit as the long walk in the high heat can be demanding.
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