While Angkor Wat is wonderful, there are many other beautiful temples that we have visited. On our first full day, we explored Angkor Thom, which was actually a large city, and the capital of Cambodia until the 17th century. It covers 900 hectares, and is completely surrounded by walls, and a moat. Within the complex itself there are many temples, terraces, and pools. The most impressive temple within the city is The Bayon, which used to be the State Temple of King Jayavarman VII (who founded Angkor Thom).
On our second day at the temples we started at Preah Khan, which appears to have once been a Buddhist university. We also saw Neak Pean, an unusual small temple constructed on a circular island in the centre of a pond. We finished at Ta Som, a beautiful small temple in a semi-ruined state.
On the third day at the temples we visited Kulan Mountain, which is where the stone for the temples was mined (more on this later). On the way home we visited an outlying temple, Banteay Srei (constructed of glowing pink sandstone), and Pre Rup, built around 961. We have only seen maybe 40% of all the temples so far.