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Ta Prohm Temple in Cambodia

Angkor Ta Prohm Temple

Ta Prohm Temple in Cambodia is also known as the Jungle Temple which is located in the Angkor Thom complex and is one of the most beautiful temples I have visited in my life.

Why so? Well, besides this temple being used for the first Tomb Raider Movie starring the beautiful Angelina Jolie, the way the trees grow here is absolutely astounding. Words cannot describe it until you set foot there and see it for yourself.

Ta Prohm Temple in Cambodia

Picture of Ta Prohm Temple
Truly one of the most beautiful temples in Cambodia
Ta Prohm was originally called Rajavihara and was built around the late 12th century (1186 AD) in Angkor by King Jayavarman VII. It was built to be a Mahayana Buddhist monastery.

Apparently, the place was left as is over the hundreds of years and the outcome is amazing from what you see now in the place which is also called Angkor Archaeological Park.

Photography at Ta Prohm Temple
A huge silk cotton tree grows over the temple walls
Walking around Ta Prohm would take you about 15 to 30 minutes. Most of the structures have fallen or taken over by huge trees growing over them.

There are also many photo moments here and getting them in the sun is the best so I recommend going there early in the morning.

Trees growing on Ta Prohm Temple
Silk cotton trees growing over the temple
One of the popular sites here at Ta Prohm is the "Tomb Raider tree" in the central sanctuary, where Angelina Jolie picked a jasmine flower and was sucked beneath the earth.

How cool is that to be where she once stood. Even you could re-make that same pose Angelina did here.

Fallen Section Ta Prohm Temple
The fallen section at Ta Prohm Temple
To avoid the crowds, I would recommend you buy the 3-day pass to Angkor Wat and take your time to visit the temples.

Mornings should be the best time to do this as it can get really crowded in the afternoons and especially on weekends.

By the way, most Asians love the 3 Night / 4 Days holiday and this will only make your trip a rush.

Ta Prohm Temple Stone Carvings
Stone carvings
I would recommend a minimum of 4 nights/5 days trip to Siem Reap if you plan to visit Angkor Wat. No point spending all that money and rush your holiday.

The best option to see Siem Reap and Angkor Wat would be 5 nights/6 days. Trust me, it pays off and you will not be tired when you take your time.

Entrance to Ta Prohm TempleTa Prohm Temple entrance

At the end of my Ta Prohm Temple visit, I found this temple to be one of the best natural temples I have been to.

As mentioned in my other Cambodian Temple blogs, if you have a chance to visit these temples and have little time, choose Angkor Wat, Bayon, and Ta Prohm Temple.

You can easily visit these 3 temples in one day. Sunrise at Angkor, late morning at Bayon and Ta Prohm for the afternoon finishing with Angkor again for the sunset.

Getting here is on the same route as Angkor Wat. Once you reach inside the Angkor Thom complex, all these temples are one by one along the roads.

You need an Angkor Wat pass to visit the complex and they are available at the main entrance to the grounds.

Photo of Ta Prohm Temple
One of the beautiful archways at the temple grounds
General Tip: If you get local children following you around asking you to let them guide you, just politely tell them you are not interested.

If you do need someone to take a picture for you, just ask some of the tourists to help you. Asking the locals there would cost you as they would expect some money.

Archaeological Park Fees: US$20 for one day, US$40 for three days, US$60 for one week.

You can also read about my visit to the mighty Angkor Wat Temple and also the beautiful and unique Bayon Temple when I was there.


Among the many temples found here, I personally think that if you want to visit all of the temples, you would need at least a week to achieve this.

Finally, among all the temples I visited in Angkor Thom, I would easily say that only one captivated me fully and it was Ta Prohm Temple in Cambodia. 


AlexL said...

interesting place.. erm...

Michael Yip said...

Fuiyoh! Master Photographer & Traveler at work.

One day, want to follow you on your trip. :D

Malaysia Asia said...

Hey Alex, it is, you should make a trip there, no regrets I promise.

Michael, Just an amateur as always but I keep trying. Sure man, one day we should go somewhere interesting.

jocelyncoco said...

waa the trees so weird looking one =x XD~*nice photos !~*

XeRoZ aka Marshall said...

*amazed by those photographs O.O *

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youngcampbell said...

interesting place! wanna visit it someday! :D

Stanley said...

0_0 You stood at the spot where Angelina Jolie stood.........*gasps*

Malaysia Asia said...

Coco, they are. You should plan a trip there when you can.

Marshall, thanks for dropping by.

HD, thanks!

Yuli, You can as it is quite cheap to visit Angkor. You can do it for under RM1,500.

Stanley, hahaha, I am so NOT posting the picture with my Angelina Jolie pose... lol

superwilson said...

Hope can go to Angkor one day.

eDmUNdLOu said...

for the adventurous ones, grab a bicycle and paddle your way through the Temples of Angkor. stop and take a peek at infamous temples and explore. dont just limit yourself to the Ta Phrom, Bayon and Angkor.

advice: start early in the morning - hire a tuk tuk to the gates WITH your bicycles. i managed to have 2 bikes and 2 persons in it. if you managed more, let me know! pay your ticket, smile at the camera and begin your adventure on 2s.


Cozumel hotels said...

this temple looking amazing
what beauty this have

Renata Wiles said...

Great post David! I can't wait to check it out for myself in December :)

Jas Gill said...

I will definitely be visiting this temple soon..hope to bump into Angelina Jolie ;)

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