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In our latest travel video we explore the ‘Great City’ of Angkor Thom (specifically Bayon and the Terrace of Elephants) that was once the capital city of the Khmer Empire located in present day Angkor, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia. Bayon was a great introduction to our first day of temple hopping as we marveled at the intricate bas-relief carvings and smiling stone faces. The Terrace of Elephants was our last stop in which we spent significant time exploring on foot. Overall, Angkor Thom did live up to its billing as ‘The Great City!’ although it was too hot and humid outside for us to fully appreciate it at the time.
Today we are outside Siem Reap and we are exploring the Temples of Angkor starting with Angkor Thom.
The most fascinating thing about Bayon are the cold faces that have a hint of a smile.
This massive complex has 54 towers with 216 faces on them.
Over here we have the Terrace of the Elephants. It is 350 meters long. This was once used as a viewing platform from where you could watch the ceremonies that took place for the King.
Well, we’re traveling right now in Cambodia in April and it is the hottest time of the year here. It is always hot in Cambodia but this is literally the worst month. I’m just sweating buckets. As a tip for people coming here – if you want to come at bit of a cooler time from December to January or even February it is a great time to come. It is also peak season here so you will be sharing it with more tourists but you won’t be sweating as much.