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Bayon

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6,469 Reviews
Angkor Thom Angkor Archeological Park, Cambodia, 17000

The Basics

As with other signature Angkorian sights, entry to Angkor Thom—and with it the Bayon temple—is included in the Angkor Archaeological Park admission ticket, available for durations between one day and a week. Choose among bicycle tours, tuk-tuk tours, and car tours, or opt for a small-group or private tour. These typically explore the Bayon and Angkor Thom, including Terrace of the Elephants, Royal Enclosure, and Baphuon. Travelers who visit with a guide get historic background on the reliefs.

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Ultimate Private Angkor Guide To Sunrise Angkor Wat, Bayon, TaProhm, Bantey Srei
Ultimate Private Angkor Guide To Sunrise Angkor Wat, Bayon, TaProhm, Bantey Srei
$125.00 per adult
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Excellent tour , Awesome guide
The tour takes you to the four major temples in Seam Reap. Mr Chet was fantastic and knowledgable guide. He not just explains you the history of temples and Cambodia, but also a hospitable host who gives clean wipes and cold water after every excursion. He takes great pictures.
Kaushik G, Jan 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Angkor Wat

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Knowledgeable and Caring Guide
morherz, Feb 2020
Featured Private Angkor Wat Tours, Bayon, Ta Prohm, Bantey Srei And Beng Mealea
I selected a solo tour because I didn't want to be rushed when exploring the temples. The guide was very considerate of my needs and went at my pace. After two of the more popular temples I requested that we go to temples with fewer tourists, because I wanted to take pictures without other tourists in them. The guide agreed, and our last two temples were wonderful - hardly any people. After 4 sites, I wilted and headed back to the hotel. I would recommend this tour.
star-5
A nice temple ride
Zoe, Mar 2020
Bayon's Golden Hour (Half Day Cycling Tour)
I had a great day with our tour guide Yat. We cycled to the Bayon Temple through forest trail which was really exciting to us. We were deeply impressed by the trail as this was the first time that we had such cycling experience. The village we passed by was very rural which we could not encounter in the city. Yat had clear instruction on the road traffic and also allowed us adequate time to rest as the weather was hot. He also gave us detailed information about the mission of his company (Butterfly Tour) and the Bayon Temple. Thank you very much Wat for giving us such an unforgettable experience!
star-5
Fantastic customer service and family friendly
orrsusan, Jan 2020
Bayon's Golden Hour (Half Day Cycling Tour)
We did this tour with our 9 year old over the New Year. There was some mix up over his height and when we showed up the bike for him was too big. Not a problem they said and ten minutes later a range of bikes showed up for us to choose one that worked! The tour was fantastic, perfect way to see the Angkor temples and get some exercise and fresh air. For families with kids I would say maybe best not to wait for sundown as the road back is busy and it would be dark. We headed back before and were glad we did.
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Perfect tour for my family of 3.
gardge05, Dec 2019
Angkor Wat, Bayon and Ta Prohm Temple Shared Tour
We lucked out and it was just my family of 3 in our group with our guide Tom. Tom and his driver were great! He speaks very good English, is passionate about the culture and is very knowledgeable and easy going. Having grown up with monks, he has extensive historical knowledge. He was very open to our questions, answering candidly. Between temples whenever we hopped back in the van, the driver had ice cold water bottles ready and lemongrass scented cold towels for us to cool down. Very nice touch. When we stopped for lunch, it was in an air conditioned restaurant so that was nice as well. Tom and the driver stayed at the van and gave us an hour in the restaurant. We very much appreciated that Tom took us in to Angkor Wat from the back side to avoid the crowds at the front. We casually walked through the tour, stopped for ideal picture opportunities, moved away from crowds when possible and he shortened some of his story telling to accommodate for our 6yr old's shorter attention span. If you want all the detailed background stories, Tom is the one to give it to you in full with a big smile. For me, at some points my son and husband would start to get a little antsy and so Tom would pick up on that and move on or allow a small break to sit and rest. Although we didn't have time per our short stay in Cambodia, it was nice that he recommended a unique cultural dinner restaurant nearby and offered to help book the reservation for us. A separate tour of Tonle Sap was also an option but again, we didn't have time for it. One point of clarification- before the tour when I read the voucher it stated that the voucher is not your ticket and that the ticket needs to be picked up at a location prior to the tour. That is true as you do have to purchase the ticket separately from the tour package. I wasn't sure if I had to find a ride to pick up the ticket myself but to be clear, he takes you to the place to purchase the ticket before heading to the temples and assists you at the window where you just have to pay the fee ($37 USD per adult). We had our 6yr old with us so we had to have a copy of his passport picture (he said a picture of his passport page on our phone would suffice). No one asked for it but we had a copy with us just in case. At the end of the tour, he asked us if it was okay to make a stop at a store and that no pressure to buy but that that he would get entered into a raffle for us visiting. We obliged and I did buy a scarf.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Most visitors to Siem Reap visit the Bayon temple, but it holds special appeal for history buffs and photographers.

  • As with other sites in Angkor Archaeological Park, a dress code applies to the Bayon temple. Wear an outfit that covers your shoulders and thighs.

  • To truly appreciate the faces of the Bayon, you need to enter the temple and climb steep stairs. There is no wheelchair-friendly alternative.

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How to Get There

The Bayon lies at the center of the city of Angkor Thom, part of Angkor Archaeological Park, about seven miles (11 kilometers) north of downtown Siem Reap. Angkor Thom is about a half-mile (one kilometer) to the north of Angkor Wat. There is no public transport to or within the park, so most travelers opt to join an organized tour or arrange a private driver or driver/guide with a motorbike, tuk-tuk, or air-conditioned vehicle.

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When to Get There

The Bayon temple is one of Angkor kingdom’s signature sights, after Ta Prohm and Angkor Wat, and it's open from early morning to late afternoon seven days a week. As the site faces east, tour groups tend to arrive in the morning. For a quieter visit, visit Angkor Thom in the afternoon and make the Bayon your last stop.

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Whose Face Is on the Temple of the Faces?

King Jayavarman VII ruled the Khmer Empire in the late 12th and early 13th centuries, building Ta Prohm and establishing Angkor Thom. The Bayon was originally constructed with 54 towers, each boasting four faces. Some believe they represent the king overseeing the empire’s 54 provinces; others believe they show him as a god-king; still others think they are Buddha or even Brahma.

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