Ta Prohm is the modern name of the temple at Angkor, Siem Reap; unlike any other temples in Angkor, this temple is largely left to the control of the living jungle. As a result, this is one of the favorite and most photographed temples of all; the temple gained popularity for being featured in the 2001 Angelina Jolie movie Tomb Raider. There’s no doubt that this temple should be on your to-do list if you visit Angkor Wat.

Ta Prohm - Angkor Temple
From West Gate Entrance Heading to Ta Prohm Temple

My driver dropped me off at the west gate then I had to walk through the temple. It was a bright day, but soon I entered the site. The complex appeared dark, damped, and abundant, making a perfect scenario of its originality. The temple intentionally left more or less the way it was initially found, giving the visitors the feeling of discovering a temple lost in the jungle.

Arrival At The Temple

Ta Prohm Temple, Cambodia
Massive fig and silk-cotton trees grow from the towers and corridors
Ta Prohm Temple, Siem Reap
Best photo opportunity at Ta Prohm Temple

Most Photographed Temple

Ta Prohm is absolutely one of the most visited temples in the Angkor complex, so expect busloads of visitors during the peak hours. However, I recommend visiting this temple during off hours; otherwise, you got to fight the crowd to explore at your own pace and take pictures from a different perspective.

Siem Reap, Cambodia
This temple should be near the top of your to-do list!

Inside The Temple

Ta Prohm Temple is also best known for the two 900 years old Fig trees that have grown on top of it and wrapped it around with its massive thick roots. Some walls and doorways of the ancient structure were left overgrown and gripped by giant trees and other vegetation. I was impressed by the great trees all over the temple; their leaves provided a lovely cool shade and cast a greenish light over the out-of-the-world site. It was a little relief from the Sun on a hot and humid day. I visited the temple early in the morning. Still, it was already crowded, and it was very difficult for photographers to get a clear shot because a busload of tourists was pouring in, and everyone wanted to have a shot of their own/selfie in front of every attraction.

Ta Prohm Temple, Siem Reap
This Temple reminds me of the movie Tomb Raider!
Ta Prohm Temple, Siem Reap
Ta Prohm Temple, Siem Reap

Compared to Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, this is relatively small, but Ta Prohm temple is a beautiful sight, and it is worth a visit; it’s a little tricky to find on the map, but thanks to Vishal, who dropped me at the west gate and picked me up from the east gate.

Where to stay in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Hotel Somadevi Angkor Resort & Spa, Siem Reap

Hotel Somadevi Angkor Resort & Spa is just 10 minute drive from the world-famous Angkor Wat Temple and a 5-minute walk from the famous Pub Street. Siem Reap International Airport is only 15 minutes away. It takes 5 minutes on foot to the Night Market and various dining and shopping options. Rooms have hardwood floors and a private balcony, and the bathroom is fitted with a bathtub and a separate shower. A buffet breakfast is served daily. In addition, Somadevi Café offers Khmer, Asian and European dishes.

Mane Boutique Hotel & Spa, Siem Reap

Nestled within lush green gardens, Mane Boutique Hotel & Spa offers peaceful and elegant accommodations with free WiFi in its public areas. In addition, it features an outdoor saltwater swimming pool, fitness center, and spa facilities. The hotel is about 2,650 feet from Angkor Trade Center and 0.6 mi from the famous Pub Street. Siem Reap International Airport is within 5.6 mi away, while the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat is 4.4 mi away. The property offers complimentary airport transfers by property car.

My Opinion and Last Word

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loved being in Siem Reap, Cambodia, and want to go back again. I hope my story has motivated you to visit Cambodia.

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