If you have the time you can visit even the smallest of the temples in Angkor Thom (Angkor area as its locally called) and you did probably lose count.
Few Places that are must see:
-Angkor Wat (of course): Sunrise and sunset visits to the temple provide great views.
-Ta Phrom : Original name was Raja Vihara which changed to Ta Phrom. This is the Tomb raider temple with roots entangled and growing into and out of the structures.
The roots of the silk-cotton trees appear like a weird new reptile all over and into the temples with the branches reaching high up in the sky! It's a miracle, it's a mystery and its a marvelously beautiful sight. We ended up visiting here twice, to sync in this natures wonder of co-existence or should I say a war of nature and man.
- Bayon Temple- Also known as a temple of thousand faces. It's amazing how each face is carved out with a similar smile, you will be nothing but happy here. And you cant help but smile back at all the thousand (as many as you can see) faces. Each column has 4 faces depicting compassion, sincerity, pity and joy! It's also called the temple of a thousand faces.
-Bantea Srei (pronounced Bentay sarai): Temple is dedicated to Shiva
- Preah Khan : temple built by Jayavarman VII for his dad. It has numerous doors leading to a Shiva Linga and then a Stupa. Its surrounded by multiple doors on all 4 sides, I felt like I was in a maze ????
- Neak Pean : Again built by Jayavarman VII, this is small round Buddhist temple at the center of a water body. It has a huge Nagasarpa (Serpent) surrounding the temples base.