Many people have heard of Angkor Wat, the famed temple ruins outside of Siem Reap, Cambodia. But it seems most people (including us) haven’t heard of Angkor Thom–other magnificent ruins that used to make up the last capital city of the Khmer empire. The ruins include elaborate city gates, towers, shrines and temples. The newest temple in the complex was finished in 1295, and the city was inhabited by residents of the Khmer empire until sometime prior to 1609. Overall, we felt these ruins were even more impressive than those at Angkor Wat.
We visited these ruins the day after we saw Angkor Wat, and thankfully, I was feeling much better this day. Despite the ridiculously hot temperatures and sticky, muggy air, we spent hours wandering through the ruins of Angkor Thom. The complex is so huge, you have to either bike or take a tuk tuk (our preferred mode of transportation) between the different parts of the complex. We paid for a full day with our tuk tuk and driver, so he would sit and wait in the tuk tuk while we looked around, and then we’d grab him when we were ready to leave. I definitely recommend doing it this way!
Side note: why in the world would I wear a black shirt on a day like that?? Needless to say, we both got pretty sweaty. Also, maybe we should have gotten there, you know, before noon! We happened to go during the hottest part of the day, when there was little to no shade. On the plus side, we almost had the ruins to ourselves, as no one else was crazy enough to venture out in that heat. Also, not many people were crazy enough to jump around in that heat! Like my sweet Cambodian pants?
Another thing that was fun about Angkor Thom was the plethora of monkeys! We were a little surprised (and a little bummed) when there weren’t monkeys at Angkor Wat, but luckily, we got our monkey fill on day two!
As with my post on Angkor Wat, I had a really hard time narrowing down the amount of photos to share. I loved photographing these gorgeous ruins! Please enjoy the ridiculous amount of photos below.