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angkor wat and angkor thom

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angkor wat and angkor thom

are both of these the same temple? many thanks for any replys

Kerobokan Kelod...
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1. Re: angkor wat and angkor thom


No, they aren't the same temple. Basically Angkor Wat is a temple city from the C12 and is probably the most famous and complete temple in the Siem Reap area and Angkor Thom is a later, C12-13, walled city state with various temples, the Bayon being the best known, it also has many other features, including some great gates and causeways. They are perhaps 2k apart and are worth at least half a day each if you can spare the time.


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2. Re: angkor wat and angkor thom

check out the Canby site - great online guide to everything Cambodian - http://www.canbypublications.com/siemreap/srstarted.htm

will give you a good idea of the temples - inlcudes sample itineraries

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3. Re: angkor wat and angkor thom

brilliant, thank you both for your help. i will look into that website.

Hoi An, Vietnam
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4. Re: angkor wat and angkor thom

Hi , they are not the same. Angkor wat is the oldest one , the second one is a little bit later, and bayon is the most famous one. All are worth seeing in Cambodia

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5. Re: angkor wat and angkor thom

Quite seperate areas circa 1.5 km apart.

Angkor Wat circa first half 12th C.

Angkor Thom late/end 12 th C and early 13th C.

Don't forget to visit the Bayon.

Best regards. Ian

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