Most coach parties descend on the Bayon from mid-morning to early afternoon, meaning that the best time to visit is either early in the morning (around 7–9am) or later in the afternoon. A good plan is to arrive at Angkor Thom in time for lunch, then spend the first part of the afternoon exploring the city’s other sights (which will take at least a couple of hours) before heading to the Bayon at around 3/4pm, when the worst of the crowds have dispersed.

Drivers drop off passengers at various places at the beginning of visits to the Bayon and surrounding monuments. Make sure to know exactly where your driver is waiting to pick you up, as there’s an awful lot of transport about, and several different parking areas.

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