Ta Som Temple (Prasat Ta Som)
Entrance to Ta Som is included in the Angkor Archaeological Park ticket, available as a 1-day, 3-day, or 7-day pass. It’s smaller and less impressive than Ta Prohm—the “Tomb Raider Temple”—but some travelers choose to visit Ta Som to capture their strangling-tree photographs as there’s rarely a line and it’s much less crowded. Ta Som is a common stop on what’s variously known as the Big Circuit or Grand Circuit, an expanded loop around the main Angkor sites.
Things to Know Before You Go
Ta Som will be of interest to photographers, Instagrammers, and history buffs.
Wear comfortable shoes: You’ll need to walk all the way to the end to photograph the strangling tree.
Uneven surfaces and the occasional step make Ta Som a challenging destination for travelers who use wheelchairs.
How to Get There
Ta Som is located within the Angkor Archaeological Park, northeast of Angkor Wat, and about 11 miles (18 kilometers) from downtown Siem Reap. It’s about a 7-mile (12-kilometer) drive from Angkor Wat proper, beside the reservoir that houses the Neak Pean temple.
When to Get There
Ta Som is open from early morning to late afternoon seven days a week. While it is quieter than Ta Prohm, visit early or late in the day to maximize photography time. Peak season for Angkor Wat in general is during the Cambodian dry season, December through April.
Angkor’s Grand Circuit
If you have more than a day to devote to the Angkor Wat temples, consider doing Angkor’s Grand Circuit. Besides Ta Som, the circuit takes in Neak Pean, a little island temple; Preah Khan, an atmospheric overgrown complex; and East Mebon, once an island temple. Finish at Pre Rup, a mountain temple and a great spot to watch the sunset.
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