Ta Prohm is located 1 kilometer from Angkor Wat and is regarded as being the second most visited temple. This photogenic temple is famous for being the site where Tomb Raider was filmed, as well as having trees growing out of the ruins. It’s not hard to see why this temple made the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1992. The sound of odd jungle birds and sheer magnitude of trees, made us feel like we were on the set for Indiana Jones. The temple was abandonded in the 17th century after the empire fell and was neglected for many years, so a large restoration company is currently on-site. Oddly, no modern machinery is being used to restore the site. We sat for some time watching these poor workers chip away stone with crude tools in minimal shade, but it was working quite well and looked amazing.
We visited the temple twice, only returning with better directions on where to see the natural Buddha face hiding in the ruins. The best part of exploring these ancient sites were that everyone starts at Angkor Wat… meaning we were able to explore any ruin and have morning solitude, which we gladly did.