The temple at Angkor, Siem Reap, goes by the name Ta Prohm and stands out from the other temples in its unique state. Unlike its counterparts, this temple allows the living jungle to thrive within its walls. Consequently, it has become a beloved and highly photographed destination, especially since it appeared in the 2001 Angelina Jolie film Tomb Raider. Without a doubt, a visit to Ta Prohm should be included in your itinerary when exploring Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

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

The magnificent Ta Prohm Temple is renowned for its two ancient Fig trees, which have grown for 900 years atop the structure and entwined it with their robust roots. Giant trees and lush vegetation have embraced some walls and doorways of this age-old monument. Throughout the temple, impressive trees provide refreshing shade, casting a serene green glow upon this otherworldly site. Amidst the sweltering heat and humidity, these leafy companions offer a welcome respite from the scorching sun. Although I visited the temple early in the morning, it was already bustling with a crowd of eager tourists. Photographers faced challenges capturing clear shots as hordes of visitors arrived, each seeking their own snapshot or selfie in front of every captivating 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

Have you been to Siem Reap, Cambodia? Any cool tips to share?

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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