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 aircon MiniBus)

Get picked up from your hotel and brought to the departure point, which is the Siem Reap Shuttle/Easy Tour office on Sivutha Boulevard.Then go on your tour by comfortable air-conditioned minibus at 8:30am sharp. The pickup service visits many hotels and so the pickup time is variable from 8:00am to 8:25am. If using the pickup service, guests are advised to wait in the lobby, be patient and be ready to go as soon as the mini-bus 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 mini-bus 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 explains what the 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 transports guests the short distances between the temples. This will take a few hours.Next big stop, is to allow guests to enjoy one of the many local restaurants within the Angkor Complex with some tasty Cambodian eats! An option is available for an inclusive 4-course lunch.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 guest legs have gone sore, we head back to town. Guests are normally dropped off at their hotel around 7:00pm.

$11.75 Private & Custom Tours

Private Angkor Day Tour (by aircon Vehicles)

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.

$161.25 Tours & Sightseeing

Private Tour: Siem Reap Sightseeing Full Day Tour

In the morning at 8:00am our private tour guide will pick you at your place. You will transferred to Angkor Thom place where you will first visit to The Bayon Temple. This is one of the biggest temples in Angkor and one of the oldest in the world. It was the state temple of the great Buddhist King Jayavarman VII. Bayon is known for its minimalistic beauty. The architecture is old but the temple stands tall and is very significant, both historically and spiritually.Then you will visit by walk to Baphuon Temple, Baphuon was erected in the reign of Udayadityavarman II, who ruled from 1050-1066. It served as the state temple of Yasodharapura, the capital city of the Khmer empire in the 11th century. Then procceed to The Royal Enclosure (Phimeanakas) And Elephant Terrace . At the Terrace of the Elephants you can see many base-relief sculptures of elephants, horses, lions, dancers, and warriors. Garudas holding the terrace above them are carved into the main wall. The you will transferred to The Ta Prohm temple is the place where Hollywood film company made a Movie "Tom Raider". The temple is built in the Bayon style, minimalistic but intricate. Surrounding the temple is a jungle. This gives a very adventurous feel to all who visit this place. For those interested in History, this is an apt place to visit. After busy couple hours, around 12:30pm tour guide will take you to Famous local restaurant for having lunch. After Delicious lunch you will visit to the Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world. It is a Buddhist temple built in the early 12th century. The particularly popular about the temple is its grand yet intricate Khmer architecture. The main towers are shaped like lotus buds. The temples are aplenty and each building has a different story to tell. When inside the complex, you’d feel like you have traveled back in time. In the case of If you have time you can visit to Phnom Bakheng climb the hill and temple for enjoy watching sunset view. Otherwise our tour Guide will drop you at your departure place.

$150 Outdoor Activities

Angkor Wat Tours by US Army Jeep - Private tours

Departure is from your hotel at 8:00am for the tour to Angkor temples by driving US Army jeep. There are several most beautiful sites we visit today. First, take an extensive visit to a 12th-century temple of Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world followed by a light walk through a small village to Angkor Thom. Having listened to your narrative guide in front of Angkor Thom, get back to our old-timer jeep and continue to Bayon temple, located exactly in the center of Angkor Thom city. After that, climb the very steep temple of Baphoun built in 11th century. Next, walk around the royal palace before enjoying our picnic lunch in the jungle. In the afternoon, explore the hidden and forgotten by tourists temple, so you will be sometimes the only people in the ruin. Finally, discover Ta Prohm temple famously known as Tomb Raider. Back to Siem Reap by driving further to the countryside and arrive your hotel around 4:30pm.

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