Angkor Thom – Baphuon, Phimeanakas and Terraces, Siem Reap, Cambodia

The next day we decided to explore the surrounds of Angkor Thom, the ancient capital city with Bayon in the centre which we had previously explored.  We started by cycling to the north-west quadrant which had a large clump of temples and terraces.


The first temple we viewed was Baphuon, quite a unique temple made from sandstone blocks that resembled bricks. A seventy meter sandstone unfinished Buddha is located on one side, which though extremely large, we found quite difficult to make out.


A quaint little temple in the middle of lush jungle, it made for nice photos as we climbed the three tiers to the top.

Terrace of the Elephants

A three-hundred meter long terrace of elephants that runs in a north-south direction along the centre of Angkor Thom

Terrace of the Leper King

A terrace of carved sculptures, named due to the moss growing on the sculptures resembling a person with leprosy.

Preah Palilay

A small temple with not many visitors, this allowed us to set-up the tripod for a few photos.