So Many Temples
12/14/11 - 12/14/11
Angkor Thom has more than just Bayon within its walls. There were several other temples that I spent hours climbing up, walking through, and looking at the carvings. The map below is just the temples within the walls of Angkor Thom.... it is massive. Please note the size of Angkor Thom within the greater map of Angkor Wat on the previous post!
The gates to Angkor Thom were some of the most impressive gates I've ever seen (if you even call them gates, they are bigger than some buildings!). They had giant faces just like Bayon carved into the top of the massive stone structures.
Also within Angkor Thom there was Baphuon, a tall building with a beautiful view from the top out over the tree tops. That took me about 45 mins to climb and explore and take in the view from above. I visited a number of smaller structures, and lastly I spent a long amount of time on the Terrace of the Elephants, a long walkway with carvings on each side, elephant trunks reaching down to the ground from about 15 feet up.