It is really mind boggling how many temples the ancient Khmers built whithin this area. After our lunch we continued our temple hopping. This time we will visit temples outside of Angkor Thom. Our first stop is the temple called Thommanon.
Thommanon is just outside of Angkor Thom and is found a short distance away from the road. It feels something like a small version of Angkor Wat. The temple is elegantly designed although only one of the original gopura is intact. Even the original walls surrounding the temple are nowhere to be found. Visitors are allowed to explore the temple to their heart’s content.
Closer inspection of some of the walls of the temple reveal really intricate carvings depicting mythological creatures. Despite its relatively small size, Thommanon is an impressive temple. Fortunately, only a few seem to visit this place much to my delight. The lack of visitors is probably because it was still lunch time. However, since it is lunch time, it also means the sun is high up — not a very good situation for photographers. It still manages to provide strong shadows though.