Running Wild

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by dkm1981 on April 19, 2013

==Ta Prohm== was my absolute favourite of all the temples in the complex and is probably the one that most people have heard of and recognise thanks to its appearance in the Tomb Raider films and some popular computer games. It is the one where you get to feel like Indiana Jones exploring unchartered territory more than any of the other temples in the complex.

Ta Prohm has been left to suffer the consequences of nature and, as a result, there are huge trees poking up throughout it. It is really quite something to see because there are parts where the trees seem to fall over the sides of the temple walls like blamanche, it really is an example of nature fighting back against humans.

The temple was built in the late 12th and early 13th centuries by King Jayavarman VII as a monastery and university. When the Khmer empire fell in the 17th century, this temple was left abandoned until work began on the whole site in the 21st century. A conscious decision was made to leave it as it was apart from essential structural work. It is this that makes it one of the most popular of all the temples in the complex.

Despite this popularity, it is relatively easy to get lost in peace and silence in the temple. If you just wander the opposite way to the tour groups as we did, you’ll find yourself alone it what felt to us like a magic garden. Every time you turn a corner, there is another fantastic photo opportunity awaiting you and it is really good fun.

The temple is not massive so it will only take you an hour to explore it. Although there are wooden walkways running through the temple, a lot of it is uneven under foot so you’ll have to take care and make sure you are wearing suitable shoes.
Ta Prohm
Siem Reap
Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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