Cambodia Day 2 – Itinerary – Morning in Angkor Thom and Bayon

There is a common 3 day tour that I opted for after reading all the available info and chatting with some people in Cambodia. We mixed it and matched it with a few options, and I ended up with something REALLY good, if you ask me 😉

Also try and pick up the FREE Canby guide as soon as you get there, it’s updated every quarter. The latest edition I picked up was October 2005 – January 2006.

It looks like this:

Canby Guide to Angkor Wat

Our 3-day tour was something like this:

  • Day 1 : Morning – South Gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon, Baphuon and Phimeanakas, Terrace of the Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King. Lunch in front of Angkor Wat. After lunch Angkor Wat and Sunset at Phnom Bahkeng. Dinner at Guesthouse
  • Day 2 :Morning – Long trip to Banteay Srei, Ta Som, Neak Pean, Preah Khan. Lunch in front of Angkor Wat. After lunch Ta Keo, Ta Prohm (The Tomb-Raider Tree-of-life), Bantey Kdei. Dinner at great Thai Restaurant
  • Day 3 : Morning – The Roluos Group (Lolei, Bakong and Preah Ko) – Lunch back at the hotel and rest for a while. Afternoon tour of Tonle Sap and the floating village with Sunset there. Headed to the old market for dinner.

You’ll be sleeping early, as you need to leave about 7.30am, and don’t be a fat sack of unfit lard, as you’ll be walking around pretty much from 7.30am till sunset (around 5.45pm).

We headed out first thing on the first day, super excited, we were going to Angkor Wat, little did we know the variety of amazing things we were about to see. Be prepared for a visual feast. The pictures from before lunch aren’t that spectacular, as it’s pre-noon sun, but you’ll get the idea just fine 🙂

You’ll go through the main gate to the complex first, where you need to buy your pass for 1, 3 of 5 days depending on how long you are there. I opted for the 3 day pass which costs $40USD. The only annoying thing is you have to use it on concurrent days, you can’t spread it out a bit. Also note the pass is NON-transferable.

Temple Pass

You need to show it every time before you go into any of the temples.

We got to the south-gate of Angkor Thom nice and early, Angkor Thom is in the Bayon style.

Angkor Thom was the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer empire. It was established in the late twelfth century by king Jayavarman VII. It covers an area of 9 km², within which are located several monuments from earlier eras as well as those established by Jayavarman and his sucessors. At the centre of the city is Jayavarman’s state temple, the Bayon, with the other major sites clustered around the Victory Square immediately to the north.

You can take an elephant ride from the South Gate to Bayon for $10USD.

Angkor Thom Elephants

It was a little foggy in the morning, but beautiful anyway, the road to the gate was lined demons on one side, buddhas on the other.

Angkor Thom

This is the famous South Gate of Angkor Thom.

Angkor Thom South Gate

It’s fantastic inside Bayon, with the intricate carvings of the Apsara (Celestial Dancers) everywhere.

Bayon Apsara

Apsaras are the wives of the Gandharvas, court servants of Indra. They danced to the music made by their husbands, usually in the various gods’ palaces. One of their duties is to guide to paradise the heroes who fall in battle, whose wives they then become. They are distinguished as daivika (“divine”) or laukika (“worldly”).

To say the carvings on the walls are 800 years old…they are amazingly clear.

Bayon Bas Relief

The whole place is rather strange in that it’s a mix of buddhist relics, hindu relics, hindu relics converted to buddhist and vice versa. Sometimes it’s quite confusing.

The famous Bayon style face.

Bayon Style Face

This is Phimeanakas, where the legend states a serpent dwelled, a serpent that changed into a woman, the kings of Angkor had to make love to the serpent every night or the kingdom would be felled with a great disaster.


Terrace of the Elephants

Terrace of the Elephants

The Terrace of the Leper King

Terrace of the Leper King

Terrace of the Leper King

Then an amazing lunch in front of Angkor Wat, I’d heard bad things about the food there, but it was DELICIOUS, reasonably priced and clean.

We had the famous Amok again, this time served in a young coconut.


Some fantastic Pork and Ginger.

Pork Ginger

And of course…Angkor Beer!!one11

Angkor Beer

Beer is about $2.50USD for this large bottle, in the old market you can get it for about $2 or during happy hour (seems to be all night long) you can get draft for $0.75 a glass.

Next up, an afternoon in Angkor Wat!

Previously – Cambodia Day 1 – Leaving on a Jet Plane to Siem Reap




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14 Responses to Cambodia Day 2 – Itinerary – Morning in Angkor Thom and Bayon

  1. gbyeow February 23, 2006 at 11:23 am #

    Oh goody. My Cambodia guinea pig has returned 😉

    Looks like a good plan.

  2. Intensecure February 23, 2006 at 11:52 am #

    A terrific read! We are going there in September (good old AirAsia free flights offer 😉 and this is a really great extra info guide before we go. Looking forward to the further installments…Cheers!

  3. foodcrazee February 23, 2006 at 12:29 pm #

    flattest land in SEA eh ?

  4. Celebrity Vivids February 23, 2006 at 1:14 pm #

    no shopping? what the fook

  5. The Snark February 23, 2006 at 5:15 pm #

    The last time I was in Angkor the place was still a war zone. No such thing as cheap Air Asia flights. You flew in on a Charlie 130, and went out loaded for bear. You would have really grooved on it dude.

  6. Dabido (Teflon) February 23, 2006 at 5:24 pm #

    Looks kewl! I must visit Cambodia one day!
    [Well, I want to visit everywhere … and Cambodia is part of everywhere!] 🙂

    Tiny elephants.

  7. spiller February 23, 2006 at 5:27 pm #

    any dresscode, like those in Thai temples?

  8. Jackie February 23, 2006 at 6:48 pm #

    hey ive been there ive been there recently!!=) weeeee!!! I ate the coconut chicken u ate too. Everything!! And I visited the things u did.. cool. nice place huh!

  9. farah February 23, 2006 at 9:30 pm #

    oh wow! the pictures looks great!
    im so jealous.

  10. Kuzco February 23, 2006 at 9:34 pm #

    banyak bulu lu punya dada!

  11. simmie February 24, 2006 at 2:49 am #

    beautiful sceneries! I’d like to go there someday!

  12. GhOsT February 24, 2006 at 5:16 am #


  13. ShaolinTiger February 25, 2006 at 6:05 pm #

    Intensecure: No probs, look out for the rest of the series 🙂

    foodcrazee: Shit yeah, flat as hell.

    Snark: Yeah bro, that would have been some experience

    spiller: Not that I saw specifically, but well you know, normal for Asian countries, no bear chests for guys, not too revealing for ladies etc.

    farah: You should go, it’s really incredible!

    simmie: I can thoroughly recommend it.