The Siamese captured Angkor Thom in 1313, 1351 and 1420 but did not on any occasion hold it for long.
But Angkor Thom and the principal monuments were situated near the Siamese frontier and felt the shock of every collision.
Some of these Guatemala structures show a quite extraordinary resemblance to those at Angkor in Cambodia.
Again in 1473 they occupied Chantaboun, Korat and Angkor but had to retire and conclude peace.
At Angkor there are several such structures built of large blocks of hewn stone.
It is agreed that this building is the Bayon, which formed the centre of the later city of Angkor.
These four-headed columns are found on the gates of Angkor Thom as well as in the Bayon and are singularly impressive.
After spending some time at Angkor Wat I find it hard to believe the theory that it was a palace.
The Temple of Angkor had 1,532 columns, and the stone for the structure was brought from a quarry thirty-two miles distant.
Now we are on the verge of giving up our trip to Angkor and of settling right here—I was almost going to say for life!