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The West Gate is one of the least used gates into Angkor Thom. There is a forest path leading out of this Gate, in the direction of the West Baray, and is used mostly by the local people. Most visitors are unlikely to visit the West Gate, except perhaps hardcore Angkor enthusiasts. There is nothing significant about this Gate, which is the same in design as the other Gates of Angkor Thom.

West Gate of Angkor Thom

A motorist passing through the West Gate. The path continues through the gate and into the forest.

The West Gate, as seen from the other side from the previous photo.

This is the path at the top of the wall. It has since been overgrown with forest trees that keep the ground shaded and bare.

A forest path continues westwards after the West Gate.

How to reach Angkor Thom West Gate

The West Gate is one of the less popular sights in Angkor Thom. My tuk tuk driver Mr Han was reluctant to take me here, unsure whether the path is okay for his tuk tuk. But as it turned out, even motorcycles and bicycles were using this forest path. The route to the West Gate is from the Bayon temple, and is 1.5 km away. So a total journey to and fro is 3 km.

The best time to go is during the dry season, between January to March, so that the route to the West Gate is dry and not muddy. This is way off the main tourist belt, and to explore Angkor up to here means you're a hardcore Angkor enthusiast!

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