Angkor Thom was established in the late 12th century by King Jayavarman VII as the capital of the Khmer empire. It covers an area of 9 square km. At the centre lies the Bayon temple. Angkor Thom was abandoned in the late 16th century. At its peak it is believed to have sustained a population of around 100,000 people. Shivers ran down my spine when I set foot inside the Bayon temple. It really is an amazing site.