I can’t describe how truly huge the ancient city of Angkor Thom is in Cambodia. Its grand scale actual dwarfs the land size of Angkor Wat, and if you’ve visited that impressive temple, you’ll know that it’s not a small area – it takes a fair while just to walk to Angkor Wat from the entrance. Walking around Angkor Thom would be impossible unless you were some crazy marathon runner.
Thankfully, most of Angkor Thom has been taken over by the jungle, and the main sites of interest are located in the central area of this huge ancient city, so you don’t need to walk around the whole thing. At the very heart of the city stands the true jewel of Angkor Thom – the towering temple of Bayon.
Bayon is a popular temple with tourists, and rightly so. This early 13th century structure is characterized by its tall towers that are covered in carved stone faces. As we explored the ancient stone rooms and passageways of the lower level of the temple, we climbed up to the upper terrace where the huge stone faces stared back at us. It was quite a sight to behold.
I hope you enjoy this photo journey through Bayon: The Jewel of Angkor Thom.
If you want to enjoy Bayon without the crowds, try to get there as early as possible. The big tour groups tend to arrive after visiting Angkor Wat in the morning.