Insider's Guide to Angkor Wat

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  • Hours: Open daily, sunrise to sunset
  • Admission: 80,000 riel

The Bayon temple forms a square at the center of the much larger square of the vast Angkor Thom, and is the architectural highlight of the complex. This was considered by the Khmers to be the conjunction of heaven and earth, though the auspicious site was covered in jungle for centuries.

Like much in the area it dates to the 12th-century reign of King Jayavarman VII, and is particularly noted for its magnificent carved stone faces with their beatific smiles. They depict either the king himself or a bodhisattva; the confusion was probably deliberate.

The bas relief carvings on the temple’s outer walls are a riot of scenes depicting everything from celestial beings and mighty battles to humble village life.

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Bayon is within Angkor Thom, which lies 4.5 miles (7 kilometers) north of Siem Reap, past Angkor Wat.

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Angkor Temples Small-Group Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 63 Reviews

Discover the mysteries of Angkor on this full-day, small-group temples tour from Siem Reap. See the iconic Angkor Wat and the enigmatic faces of Bayon temple. ...  Read more

Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.00

5-Night Cambodia Tour to Angkor Wat from Phnom Penh by Air

This comprehensive introduction to Cambodia takes you to sites that reveal the country's tragic recent history and the inspiring UNESCO World Heritage-listed ...  Read more

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Duration: 6 days (approx.)

From USD $919.99

Angkor Wat Helicopter Flight with Private Tour of Temples

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

See Cambodia’s magnificent Angkor Wat and other temple ruins by land and air on this private full-day tour! Explore the temples of Angkor Archaeological Park ...  Read more

Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $494.99

Private Tour: Angkor Wat and The Royal Temples Full-Day Tour from Siem Reap

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 37 Reviews

Be mesmerized by Angkor Wat and other magnificent remains of the Khmer Empire on this private tour from Siem Reap! Beginning at the south gate of Angkor Thom ...  Read more

Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.99

Private Tour: Angkor Wat Ancient Temples Full-Day Tour from Siem Reap

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Visit Cambodia's magnificent Angkor temple complex on this private full-day Angkor Wat tour from Siem Reap. In the morning, visit the Roluos Temple Group, ...  Read more

Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.99

Angkor Temples Tour and Overnight Buddhist Monastery Stay

This overnight stay at a Buddhist monastery near Siem Reap includes a half-day tour of the UNESCO-listed Angkor Archaeological Park. Visit the famous Angkor ...  Read more

Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $202.99

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