Angkor Wat – Ta Prohm

The most rewarding “touristy” adventure I went on was seeing the Angkor Wat temples in Siem Reap, Cambodia.


Angkor Wat is more than this one iconic temple. It is actually a plethora of temples ranging all across Siem Reap, though the most notable are within biking distance of each other.

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A handy dandy map so you can follow along!

Mania and I bought 3 day passes ($40 each). The first day, we grabbed bicycles from the Bou Savy Guesthouse and set out in the wee hours of the morning to catch the sunrise at Ta Prohm – the temple of Tomb Raider fame, and less touristy than Angkor Wat itself, which is the most popular site for catching the sun rise and set.



While biking for 1/2hr in the pre-morning black was a bit intimidating, it was well worth the effort. Arriving at one of the most over-taken, crumbling down temples and seeing the light slowly bring the temple and forest to life was magical. We were the only ones there, and I immediately went bounding into roped off zones to take in as much of this beautiful, tree covered temple as possible.

Here’s a video (forgive the poor quality). Just listen to that birdsong. I can’t believe I was actually here!


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It was awe-inspiring to see how nature has endured and over-taken the workings of man. I’m not sure why, but it filled me with such joy to see the prowess of man crumble before the strength of the earth.






About juliamenn

Performer. Artist. Author. Lover of food and travel. Animal enthusiast. Avid reader. Globe-trotter.
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One Response to Angkor Wat – Ta Prohm

  1. Nancy says:

    WOW!! Those trees are amazing! And the bird song – fantastic to hear!!


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