The final part of the tour is Ta Prohm, a temple built in the late 12th and early 13th centuries. This is the temple where we look at the trees growing on top of the ruins, more than the ruins.
To movie-goers, Ta Prohm is probably better known to them as the Tomb Raider temple. I see tour guides emphasizing this to tourists as well, including a walk-through on some of the scenes that happened in the movie. I listen in amusement because Ta Prohm has so much more to offer than references to a movie.
Like I mentioned earlier, Ta Prohm is a nice temple in its own right, but the trees that have grown around the temple has given the temple a very unique look, compared to all the other temples in the Angkor Archeological Park.
In no way does the photos do Ta Prohm justice at all. You have to be there yourself to see how enormous those 500 year-old trees (learnt about it from a Chinese tour guide speaking to his tour group. Glad I’m bilingual!) are and how they grow around the ruins. It’s really impressive how the trees and the ruins complement each other in harmony.
This is the end of my guide on how you can enjoy the full Angkor Wat experience in 2 days. I hope you walk out of the Angkor Archeological Park, not only impressed by the architecture and more knowledgeable about the history.