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“One of the highlights” 5 of 5 stars
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Ta Prohm
Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Ranked #5 of 195 things to do in Siem Reap
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Having undergone minimal restoration, stone pillars and carvings intertwine with massive tree roots and jungle in this stunning temple complex.
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“One of the highlights”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Definitely best to go and see for sunrise. Whilst everyone else is off at Angkor Wat we had Ta Prohm pretty much to us and 5 other couples. The light breaking through the trees and the ruins along with the birds and animals out in the early morning before all the tourists scare them away makes for a very special experience.
Be sure to have a guide to explain everything to you - it is well worth the money.

Visited December 2012
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“A mix of human-made and natural wonder.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

I love this temple because of its condition of apparent neglect. It is not fully cleared and fully restored as with other Angkor temples. Ta Prohm maintains its romantic, ruined atmosphere amidst the tall trees which intertwine with the temple's structure. However, there are some restorations on-going to prevent an absolute decline of temple. A main restoration project is being done at the Hall of Dancers east of the temple --- just a fair warning so you wouldn't be surprised with the presence of cranes, heavy machinery, and frames at the eastern part of Ta Prohm.

The traditional tour route of the temple is by going from west to east of the temple. That's great if you want to start with Ta Prohm early in the day and then go around the Big Circuit counterclockwise for the rest of the day and then stopping by Phnom Bakheng for the sunset --- a day's tour idea for you there. (Note: If you plan on doing this, have your driver leave you at the west side of Ta Prohm and make your driver wait for you at the east side of Ta Prohm.)

Another route goes from east to west of the temple. Since the temple is oriented east, it's like entering through the real entryway of Ta Prohm. If you don't have much time to visit (less than 1 hour), follow the tour route as laid out. If you have about 1-2 hours or more for your visit, explore the temple where only a handful of tourist goes, i.e. stray away from the tour route. It's really a great experience as you see a more quiet and more abandoned part of the temple.

In Ta Prohm, do not miss taking great pictures of scenery protected from the sun by a canopy of tall trees. Sometimes, rays of sunlight would escape from this canopy and put a tower or part of a temple under a spotlight. Also, make your imagination run wild when trying to view the roots which tangle up with the structures. They sometimes make funny human anatomies. Have fun with them!

Ta Prohm is definitely not to be missed because of its unique feature of apparent neglect. It's one of the top Angkor Archaeological Park sites you must visit other than Angkor Wat, Bayon, and Banteay Srei.

Visited November 2012
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“Love the tree roots tangled in the stone”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

It's probably a shame that everyone knows this as the one used in Tomb Raider, as the temple itself is spectacular. Tree roots wind through the stone, if they remove the roots the stone collapses so they are part of one another now.

Visited December 2012
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“Atmoshpere Galore”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

We LOVED this temple - after exploring a few in the region this one to use definitely had the most atmosphere. If you only have time to do one temple this is he one I would recommend.

It is wild and dramatic - an excellent easy walk from one side of it through to the other.

Visited January 2012
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“Massive trees”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

This place is overgrown by trees over the stone. Currently being restored but still worth a visit. You can see the unrestored bits and compare them to the restored parts. You can still find a quiet spot to reflect here about the magnificent history of the Khmer.

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