ONE of the most mysterious and atmospheric
venues in Angkor is the West Gate of Angkor Thom, at the end of a
recently-improved gravel track. It is used by locals as a route from
villages to the ancient reservoir of Western Baray, and tourists are a
The old laterite road has been subject to wear, so new wooden ramps were constructed this month as further protection.
A pleasant diversion on this route is the small temple tower of
Prasat Top West. The temple, which can be accessed via a narrow track,
is a very peaceful spot and a great place to get away from the crowds.
To help find it, watch for some Apsara Authority bollards on the left
of the main route about 800 metres from the Bayon.
For those who want a peaceful walk, the walls of Angkor Thom have a
wide path at the top, with a sloping earth bank forming the inner
wall. You can easily take the route from any of the five main gates,
and see any of the four Prasat Chrung Corner temples. The route from
the North Gate to the West Gate is best for the afternoons. The walk
from the East, or Victory Gates, to North Gate is best in the mornings.