Ta ProhmConservation and restoration projects by the Archaeological Survey of India and APSARA (Authority for the Protection and Management of Angkor and the Region of Siem Reap) seek to preserve the jungle-absorbed ruins of this ancient temple complex. Your late-morning stop, the imagery of stone structures overrun by creepers and trees is at once surreal and a glorious reminder of nature reclaiming what was once a powerful symbol of an ancient people. Ta Prohm will offer amazing, Rudyard Kipling-esque opportunities for your off-the-beaten-track photos.
Cambodia has been made even more famous by Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, the Angelina Jolie movie which was shot mainly at the Ta Phrom temple (pictured above). Jolie adopted her first child Maddox from Cambodia, as well. The throng of visitors was particularly heavy at this temple with an orderly queue of people waiting to pose for pictures at this spot.
One of the most visited temple complexes in the Angkor region, Ta Prohm is better known as the 'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider Temple' because the Angelina Jolie starrer was shot here. With gigantic trees growing out of the ruins, the temple has this air of eeriness largely owing to the fact that it was abandoned for a long period of time. However, a great amount of restoration work has been going on courtesy the Archaelogical Survey of India. It must be noted that a three day Angkor Pass, which covers all temples is available for around 40 USD and can be collected at the main ticket sales booths on the road from Siem Reap to Angkor Wat.
Breathtaking, that's what it is. Many of the Hollywood movies have been shot here and indeed a very photogenic place.
Ta Prohm has been abandoned to the elements, a reminder that while empires rise and fall, the riotous power of nature marches on, oblivious to the dramas of human history. It has been left as it was ‘discovered’ by French explorer Henri Mouhot in 1860. We continued towards the giant pyramid of Takeo, one of the highest temples in the Angkor area. In the morning we also visited the remains of an old Angkorian bridge which once spanned the Siem Reap River.