Visit Angkor Thom comprised of the Bayon Temple, Baphoun, Elephant Terrace and The Terrace of the Leper King.
Enter the city of Angkor Thom through the monumental south gate, Avenue of gods and asuras lining the bridge across the moat.
Bayon temple or state temple of Javavarman 7 is one of the most enigmatic and powerful religious constructions in the world. It is a unique mass of “face tower” which creat a stone mountain of ascending peaks. There were originally 54 towers of which is 37 are still standing today. Most are carved with four faces on each cardinal point. The central has many more.
Baphoun is the vast temple near the center of Angkor Thom. It’s under France’s restoration project, it is possible to access the entrance gate and the elevated walkway entrance and there is a huge reclining Buddha on the west side of the temple.
Elephant Terrace is the heart of Angkor Thom and looks out over the Royal Square. It marks the entrance to the Royal Palace and the focal point for the royal receptions. The carvings of elephants along its wall give its modern name.
Leper King Terrace This massive terrace is named after the 15th century sculpture that was discovered on top of it. It probably dates back to the reign of Javavarman 7 and has been restored in the manner which allows visitors to explore the earliest to most recent addition by actually entering the internal layers of the structure.
Angkor Wat & Sunset at Bakheng Hill. Built between the 9th and 14th centuries, the temple of Angkor are among the grandest monuments ever constructed. The entire complex covers approximately 164 square miles with over 200 temples. Among the 30 temples that are accessible today, the most famous is Angkor Wat, the largest religious building in the world. Conceived by Suryavarman 2 in the early 12th century, Angkor wat took an estimated 37 years to build. Unlike most other Khmer temples, it faces west , the most likely reason being that the temple was dedicated to Vishnu, who is sometimes associated with the west.
Bakheng Hill is for sunset, late 9th century was the state temple of the first capital of Angkor. The view from the top is magnificent, particularly of Angkor Wat to the south east and is the most popular spot for visitor at sunset.