After Angkor Wat, I thought I had completed the full temple experience. Wrong again. Angkor Thom, the vast old city next to Angkor Wat, contains even more temples with unique and stunning features.
The most notable feature might be the faces. Giant figures line the road to the city gate. The main temple inside does not have the complex architecture of Angkor Wat (it’s made from smaller stones), but it does have dozens of larger-than-life Buddha faces.
Just a few minutes away by car, the Butterfly Temple is a must see. Yes, it was made famous by Angelina Jolie and attracts buses of tourists. But this temple is too cool. When the French cleared the jungle out of the temples of Angkor Thom, they decided to leave one temple as all of them had been found – covered in twisting trees and roots.