Welcome to Angkor Thom

Centred on Bayon, the surreal state temple of Jayavarman VII, Angkor Thom is enclosed by a formidable jayagiri (square wall) 8m high and 13km in length and encircled by a 100m-wide jayasindhu (moat) that would have stopped all but the hardiest invaders in their tracks. This architectural layout is an expression of Mt Meru surrounded by the oceans.

In the centre of the walled enclosure are the city’s most important monuments, including Bayon, Baphuon, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas and the Terrace of Elephants. Visitors should set aside a half-day to explore Angkor Thom in depth.

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$97.48 Private & Custom Tours

Angkor Wat , The Royal Temples Private Day Tour from Siem Reap

After hotel pickup by air-conditioned vehicle, your private tour of the Angkor temple complex starts at the South Gate of Angkor Thom City, where 54 demons line the road. Not far from Siem Reap, the UNESCO-listed archeological park includes countless remains from the 9th to the 15th centuries built by the former Khmer Empire. Just let your private guide know your specific interests so he or she can include them in your flexible itinerary.First, explore the Bayon, the centerpiece of the ancient walled city, known for its decorative Khmer temple. Your guide points out distinctive features such as the more than 200 serene and massive stone faces that tower around the central peak. Your informative tour continues at the Baphuon, a three-tiered temple built in the mid-11th century and fully restored in 2011. Originally dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, it was converted to a Buddhist temple in the late 15th century. You’ll spend approximately two hours in Angkor Thom, including the Royal Enclosure and Phimeanakas as well as the Terrace of Elephants and Terrace of Leper Kings. Then enjoy lunch in front of the majestic Angkor Wat before entering this magnificent temple, easily the most famous and best-preserved of all structures within the complex. Spend most of the afternoon meandering with your guide through this architectural masterpiece, unrivaled in its beauty. Built in the 12th century, the Khmer ceremonial structure is believed to have functioned as a funerary temple for King Suryavarman II. Take a look at the enormous moat and reflection pools, and wander through the galleries to find an astounding array of ornate bas-reliefs (carvings) that depict scenes from the Hindu epic, the Ramayana.Afterward, you’ll be transported by private vehicle back to your hotel in Siem Reap.

$41 Day Trips & Excursions

Half-Day Angkor Tuk-Tuk Explorer Tour from Siem Reap

Explore the courtyards, temples, moats, and carvings of Angkor Wat, admire the massive structures of Angkor Thom, and snap photos of the detailed bas reliefs near the Bayon on this immersive excursion into Angkor. Between stops enjoy riding down winding roads in the charming seat of a tuk tuk.Pack a light jacket and a sense of adventure as you meet up with your guide directly outside your hotel, ready to head to your first site in a 3-wheeled, open-air tuk tuk. Ride in this traditional vehicle to the largest religious monument on earth at Angkor Wat. Built in the 12th-century, this Khmer-style complex is bordered by dramatic courtyards and filled with ornate temples adorned with thousands of intricate carvings. Send some time wandering between structures and snapping photos, and then continue on to Angkor Thom.When you arrive at Angkor Thom, cross over murky moats and listen as your guide shares commentary about the Bayon-style of temple that fills this 12th-century site. Look for the carved trunks in the Terrace of the Elephants, uncover the facial expressions depicted in bas relieve sculptures, and soak up the tranquil atmosphere before you jump back in your tuk tuk one last time for the return ride to Siem Reap.

$13 Day Trips & Excursions

Angkor Full-Day Tour (by Join-In MiniBus)

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Siem Reap ProvinceSee Angkor WatDuration: 3 hoursPass By: Angkor Thom, Siem Reap, Siem Reap ProvincePass through Angkor ThomStop At: Ta Prohm, Siem Reap, Siem Reap ProvinceSee Ta PhromDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Phnom Bakheng, Siem Reap, Siem Reap ProvinceSee the sunsetDuration: 3 hoursStop At: Bayon Temple, Siem Reap, Siem Reap ProvinceSee BayonDuration: 1 hourPass By: Siem Reap Shuttle Tours, Siem Reap, Siem Reap ProvinceRendesvous

$11.75 Private & Custom Tours

Private Angkor Day Tour (by Aircon Vehicles) with a 4-Course Lunch

Guests are picked up at 8:15am at their hotel by the private vehicle. Guests are advised to wait in the lobby, be patient and be ready to go as soon as the vehicle arrives. IMPORTANT NOTE: If you require hotel pickup, then you must tell us the name of the hotel and preferably the street when you book. If guests do not inform us of the pickup location, we cannot pick you up.Please be advised that Temples entrance tickets (passes) are NOT INCLUDED. Guests must buy their tickets before the tour, or else the vehicle will stop at the Angkor Enterprise ticket office on route so that guests can buy their ticket.The first major stop of the tour is Angkor Thom complex. The guide will explain what guests are about to see; the history, the culture and the religions that were at play. Inside the great walls, guests explore the fascinating beauty of Bayon and the world-famous Ta Prohm (Tomb-Raider) Temple. The vehicle will transport the guests the short distances between the temples. This will take a few hours.Next big stop, is our acclaimed restaurant Sala Russey at the side of Srah Srang lake, to allow guests to enjoy some tasty Cambodian dishes or Western favourites!The last two stops are at the enormous and beautiful Angkor Wat, followed by a beautiful sunset view from the top of Phnom Bakheng. The temples on this tour are among the biggest in the Angkor Complex.Phnom Bakheng has a 300 person limit at the peak, so we limit the number of temples visited to ensure enough time at each marvelous stop!Note: Good weather conditions and a beautiful sunset cannot be guaranteed. If the skies are significantly cloudy and particularly if it is raining, then climbing the mountain has little benefit and is actually dangerous. In this case, the guide is permitted to cancel the Phnom Bakeng section and replace it with a visit to the Elephant Terrace at Angkor Thom.Once the sun has set (6:30pm) and guests legs have become sore, we head back to town. Guests are normally dropped off at their hotel around 7:00pm.

$43.75 Cultural & Theme Tours

3 Days-Discovery Of Angkor

ItineraryDay 1: Temples & Mountain with SunsetStop At: Angkor Thom, Siem Reap, Siem Reap ProvinceWe should depart at 8:00 am from your hotel lobby. Before taking you to the Angkor Archaeological Park, we will take you to buy the Angkor pass first and drive you to the last ancient capital city of the Khmer Empire names as Angkor Thom(Gigantic city) to visit beautiful stone temples such as BAYON( temple with many smiling faces), Terrace of Elephant, Royal Palace area, Terrace of Leper King and Baphoun( It is considered as largest Hindu temple in Angkor Thom ). Duration: 4 hoursStop At: Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Siem Reap ProvinceWe will have lunch at a local restaurant opposite the Angkor Wat temple. After enjoying your lunch, we continue to explore the most spectacular Angkor Wat temple.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Phnom Bakheng, Siem Reap, Siem Reap ProvinceIf you prefer to watch the sunset, the best spot is Phnom Bakheng hill and we should arrive at the mountain before 4:00 pm. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Koulen II RestaurantWe recommend that you watch the Cambodian traditional dances call Apsara with buffet dinner at Kulen II restaurant.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: Kulen National ParkStop At: Phnom Kulen National Park, Siem Reap ProvinceYou can enjoy your breakfast before we start our journey from your hotel at 8:00 am to Kulen National Park. We will bring you to see huge reclining Buddha stone statue that was built in the 16th century, the largest waterfall in Cambodia ( There are not too much water during dry season from March to July).Duration: 3 hoursStop At: 1000 Lingas, Siem Reap, Siem Reap ProvinceWe will also visit a river of a thousand Shiva lingas. It is considered as a holy river for Khmer people. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Banteay Srei, Siem Reap, Siem Reap ProvinceWe will stop on the way for lunch before we go to the red sandstone temple, Banteay Srei ( Citadel of women).Duration: 1 hourStop At: Tonle Sap Lake, Siem Reap ProvinceAfter visiting Banteay Srei, we will go to Tonle Sap Lake to see floating village. We can stop if you want to take some photos of local people. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Phare, The Cambodian CircusWe highly recommend that you watch the Cambodian circus which starts at 8:00 pm. Do contact us if you are interested. We can reserve for you in advance.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 3: Sunrise & Grand TourStop At: Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Siem Reap ProvincePlease ask your hotel’s staff to pack a takeaway breakfast and we will pick you up at 4:40 am for the sunrise tour at Angkor Wat temple.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Ta Prohm, Siem Reap, Siem Reap ProvinceIn order to avoid the crowd, we will start to visit Ta Prom known as ‘’Tomb raider temple” early.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Preah Khan, Siem Reap, Siem Reap ProvinceThen, we'll visit Preah Khan or Father temple. The temple has complex structures which was built to honor King Jayavarman VII's father.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Neak Pean, Siem Reap, Siem Reap ProvinceWe will continue our trip to Neak Pean temple. It is a Buddhist temple which was built as an artificial island of Preah Khan Baray (reservoir).Duration: 1 hourStop At: Ta Som, Siem Reap, Siem Reap ProvinceAfter Neak Pean, we will visit Ta Som or Tree temple. It is covered around by the jungle which make it a good spot to avoid crowds.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Eastern Mebon, Siem Reap, Siem Reap ProvinceNext, we will go to Eastern Mebon. It was an artificial island of now dry East Baray. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Pre Rup, Siem Reap, Siem Reap ProvincePre Rup known as temple royal crematorium. It is a Hindu pyramid-shape temple which built from bricks, laterite and sandstone. It is similar to East Mebon with a striking features of six huge towers. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Srah Srang, Siem Reap, Siem Reap ProvinceWe will eat at a local restaurant in front of the lake names Sras Srang means royal swimming pool. Our third-day temple tour will end around 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm as we started early. If you need a recommendation for dinner, Malis Restaurant is one of the best choices. We can help you to reserve a table.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$18.75 Cultural & Theme Tours

1Day - Angkor Wat Shared Tour With Sunset

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Ta Prohm, Siem Reap, Siem Reap ProvinceOur first stop is to see the mixture between culture & nature at Ta Prohm Temple well known as the Tomb Raider temple where we can see the massive tree and roots are covering the stone temple’s structure.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Angkor Thom, Siem Reap, Siem Reap ProvinceThen, we continue our journey to last capital city of the Khmer Empire, Angkor Thom. Our local English-speaking guide will accompany to discover the UNESCO-listed ruins at Angkor Thom such as Bayon ( Smile of Angkor), Baphoun(a pyramid mountain-temple dedicated to Lord Shiva), Terrace of elephant and leper king. We will take a break for lunchand before we are going to visit the world mysterious monument, Angkor Wat temple.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Siem Reap ProvinceAfter a lunch break, our tour guide will accompany you into the world largest region stone-temple, Angkor Wat temple and watch the sunset at Bakheng mountain.Duration: 2 hours

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