After Bayon, we headed to Baphuon. Situated north of Bayon, Baphuon is truly an astonishing spectacle. It has more than ten chambers at its base. Built in the 11th century before Angkor Thom was even established by king Udayadityavarman II, dedicated to Siva (Hindu) and is the second largest temple in the city.
There is a 200 m long causeway raised on sturdy pillars leading to the temple. The temple is multi-tiered and warrants a bit of exploration, as long as you are up for the very steep stairs.
The first, third and fifth tier were crowned by galleries, as well as tower-like door and corner pavilions. Twelve stairways also ran from the third to the fifth tier. A rectangular sandstone wall measuring 425 by 125 metres encloses the temple.
We followed the sign and started exploring the temple. The central tower was quite high, it was quieter than Bayon and there was a lovely view across Angkor Thom and into the surrounding wilderness.
Properly reconstructed stairs built under the conservation program by the French. Just a word of caution, the steps are really steep, those with trouble of mobility should give this a miss.