14 KM from Siem Reap

The English translation for the words angkor and thom is ‘city’and ‘big’. Anghor Thom literetly means Big City and not the name of a specific temple, as sometime assumed by tourits. Angkor Thom  and ‘thom’ means BIG Thom was build in the late 12th century by King Jayavarman VII  Not only was it the last capital city of the Khmer Empire, it was also the center of all building activities ordered by King Jayavarman VII. 

What to do and see at Angkor Thom?

Angkor Thom is the second most important historical monument in the Angkor Archaeological Park. If you use two day’s to visit the park, use the first day to visit Angkor Wat and spend the second day in Angkor Thom. 

If you only have one day, we recommend to visit Angkor Wat in the early morning and start your visit to Angkor Thom not later than 1 pm. There are more than enough impressive monuments to see. Besides the main Angkor Thom temple, The Bayon temple, some other place you should definitely visit are the Terrace of the Leper King and The Baphuon Temple.


How to get to Angkor Thom?

Angkor Thom is just a little bit further than Angkor Wat. If you are travelling with a tour, everything will be arranged for you.

The cheapest way is to rent a bicycle, which will cost you $2 – $4 per day or hire a PassApp. Most visitors hire a tuktuk driver who can also act as a guide, which will cost you between $20 or $30 for a full day. 

How much will it cost?

To visit the site you need an Angkor Pass. It allows you entrance to many temples and monuments in and outside the Angkor Archaeological Park.

You can buy an Angkor Pass for 1 day ($37), three days ($62) or 7 days ($72).  You can buy the Angkor Pass At the Angkor Pass Ticket Counters and need to bring a photo.

Temples and Monuments in Angkor Thom

If you have limited time, you should at least visit the Bayon and Baphuon temple, North Kleangh and Phimeanakes. These are not only the most impressive temples, but also the best locations for taking photos or shooting your videos.

Baphuon Temple

North Kleangh

Phimeanakas Temple

T.O.T Elephants

T.O.T Leper King

Bayon Temple

Preah Palilay

Prasat Suor Prat

What you should do!

Angkor Thom has more sites to visit and all of them will be worth your time. It’s important that you plan your trip and select the monuments you don’t want to miss. We recommend that you start your trip with the most important templein Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple. and after your visit head towards the North exit. In that way you will find most important monuments on your way. 

What you should not do!

Strict rules apply in the Archeological Park when it comes to the way you are dressed. Tank tops for men and halter-neck tops for ladies are not allowed. Littering, flying drones, urinating or other indecent behavior will definitely get you in trouble. 

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Bayon Temple

Baphuon Temple

Phimeanakas Temple

Prasat Suor Prat Tower

Terrace of the Elephants

Terrace of the Leper King

Preah Palilay


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