"Angkor Thom" Angkor Thom Tip by Etoile2B
Angkor Thom, Angkor Wat: 128 reviews and 292 photos
Angkor Thom is one of the most famous temples in the Angkor system, behind Angkor Wat and the Jungle Temple. Also known as the Banyon, this temple is best known for the faces carved into the many facades on the temple. Most visitors choose to spend sunrise and sunset at Angkor Wat, but I highly recommend skipping the crowds and enjoying the sunset at Angkor Thom. The setting sun reflects beautifully off the stony faces of the Banyon and this usually crowded temple is relatively vacant around sunset as most of the tourists flock to nearby Angkor Wat at this time. I believe that it is the best time to see Angkor Thom and we were nearly alone, save for a lone monk and one or two other tourists. Any other time of day this popular temple is overrun with other visitors.
During our exploration we encountered a nun who was attending one of the Buddha statues housed inside the Banyon. She greeted us warmly and offered us each three sticks of burning incense to make and offering to the Buddha. We followed her lead as she blessed us and showed us the proper way to pay our respects. In return for this a small donation is expected but well worth the experience.
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