Ta Prom, Angkor – in by the side door

Ta Prom, Angkor – Cambodia’s famous ‘Tomb Raider Temple‘ with it’s giant trees and sprawling roots is certainly one of Angkor’s most famous and photogenic sites but consequently it does see a lot of visitors and in the high season particularly can get rather busy.

Ta Prom, Angkor
Ta Prom, Angkor

A regular itinerary would have you entering by the West Gate and perhaps exiting on the east side or vice versa but a visit by way of the picturesque, yet rarely visited, north entrance is a good way of avoiding the crowds for at least the first part of your visit. There’s no car-park and zero drink or postcard vendors either so you’ll be on your own as you pass through the spectacular entrance with its iconic carved faces.

Colourful but spoils the atmosphere somewhat!
Colourful, but spoils the atmosphere somewhat!

A trail through the forest leads from the massive sandstone gateway or gopura to the main temple complex where the middle-aged Korean coach parties of would-be Lara Crofts are harder to avoid but it certainly makes for an atmospheric entrance to what is, crowds or no crowds, a truly amazing site.

The North Gate
The North Gate

Ta Prom is featured on our Cambodia Overland, Saigon to Phnom Penh and Ruined Cities and Tropical Islands tour or for info on any of our Cambodian tours see this link.

The famous Lara Croft doorway
The famous Lara Croft doorway



One thought on “Ta Prom, Angkor – in by the side door

  1. Hauw Nio

    My compliments for your beautiful sites of ‘Far away places with strange sounding names …’ such as Cambodia. My daughter reminds me that you are and will be again your guide for these in South East Asia.

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