Ta Som is a compact temple — laterite enclosure wall, reasonably well preserved gopuras and central shrine — all recently renovated. Of particular note is the much photographed eastern gopura covered in tree roots.
A satellite temple of Preah Khan, this is the third Jayavarman VII temple in a row along the north side of the Grand Circuit road, but this one’s a bit larger, a bit more popular and does possess postcards, cold drinks and bamboo flutes as opposed to the previous two, which are devoid of any vendors.
Make sure you walk to the very back of the temple to look back at the tree-framed door.
It's all very scenic but increasingly popular with large tour groups, which makes us less inclined to stop here if you’re touring the Grand Circuit as picturesque trees can be found elsewhere at sites like Ta Prohm and Preah Khan, while other small sites offer a greater chance of a people-free visit, including Banteay Prei and Prasat Prei on the Grand Circuit, or a quiet site like Ta Nei.
By Caroline Major
Last updated on 31st January, 2015.