We visit Angkor Thom

 

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Angkor Thom

Angkor Thom is located only a couple of kilometres north of Angkor Wat and is only 1.7 km away from Ta Prohm so it took us hardly any time to get there.

Angkor Thom was the last and most enduring capital city of theĀ Khmer empire. The meaning of the words Angkor Thom is Great City. It really is a collection of temples - and not just one.

The grounds cover about 10 sq. km. It is an area surrounded by eight metre high walls and is roughly 3 km long in each direction and there is a wide moat surrounding the site. Canals once existed through the site and water ran through them from the north-east to the south-west.

Angkor Thom was abandoned some time prior to 1609.

One of the first things we saw upon arriving were elephants taking people for rides. They were adorned in bright red and yellow "blankets" and their handlers were dressed in the same colours. Even the entry into the complex was quite breath-taking.

 

Elephants rides availabel at Angkor ThomElephant rides
Entry into Angkor ThomEntry into Angkor Thom

 

 

Here you can read more about the Angkor Thom complex.

Carved rock at Angkor ThomIncredible carved rock statues
Stone varvings at Angkor ThomIntricately carved temple walls

 

 

Learn more about the Temples of Angkor in this fascinating video.

Incredible detail in the carvingsSuch fine detail of the carvings in the rock
Us two close to the top of the templeUs two in front of giant carvings of faces

 

 

Sadly it was soon time to leave Angkor Thom. Again we would all have liked to stay longer however we were hot and sticky and quite ready for lunch.

We piled back into the bus and were fed little bananas by one of the ladies in our group. She bought them outside the temple and ended up with a bunch rather than a single banana so she was eager to donate these wonderful little bananas to everyone else on the bus. They were delicious.

Because the temples are so close to central Siem Reap we were returned to our sumptuous hotel in no time. Back in our room we cleaned ourselves up sufficiently to look decent enough for lunch which was provided as part of the tour cost. Lunch was at the hotel restaurant where we had eaten last night and had breakfast this morning. Our expectations were high and the restaurant certainly delivered the most amazing buffet meal. One of the highlights for me was the green mango salad.

 

 

 

 

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