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The mighty city of Angkor Thom

Preah Dak, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia
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After exploring the temples in Eastern Angkor, my wife and I crossed the Victory Gate (east entrance) into the ancient city of Angkor Thom. While Angkor Wat was one large temple, Angkor Thom was a gated city containing several large temples within its walls. We visited Bayon (the most famous), Baphuon, Phimeanakas, as well as the Leper King and Elephant terraces.

This east entrance gate into Angkor Thom – known as the Victory Gate – was impressive. A long bridge allowed for crossing of the moat around the ancient city. Both sides had balustrades showing the eternal tug of war, where gods (on the left side of the bridge) and demons (on the right side of the bridge) pulled on a seven-headed naga. This was part of Angkor Wat’s gallery masterpiece, the Churning of the Sea Milk.
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Hotels

Shadow Angkor Villa
Cool modern hotel with spacious and clean rooms. Would recommend.

Points of interest

Krong Siem Reap
Stunning city in Cambodia and hub to explore the temples of Angkor.
Krong Preah Sihanouk
Laid back beach town on the coast of Cambodia - must visit.
Phnom Penh
Great capital of Cambodia and home to Khmer art and culture.
Angkor Wat
Breathtaking and majestic Khmer temple and main attraction of the country.

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