When I fist saw pictures of the Ta Prohm temple I was in awe. I couldn’t believe that such a magical place exist….in real life!! And when I found out that I can visit this magical place, I started to make plans to visit Cambodia. The Ta Prohm temple was my inspiration for a month long journey through Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.
Ta Prohm was built in the late 12th and early 13th centuries. It was used as a Buddhist monastery and university. At the fall of the Khmer Empire in the 15th century, the temple of Ta Prohm was abandoned and taken in by the jungle. It was only centuries later that it was ‘discovered’ again.
And so I found myself in Cambodia at the Angkor Archaeological Park. Ta Prohm was the second temple I visited as part of the small circuit of Angkor. My driver dropped me off at the east gate. I walked through the forest for a few minutes, entered the ruins, and had to pinch myself. Here I am, standing amongst the ruins, in the Cambodian forest, my dream now a reality.
The beauty of the silk trees and strangler fig trees and their giant roots climbing over the temple ruins are out of this world…. I was overwhelmed by the sheer size and scale of the roots.
But, Ta Prohm was not my favourite temple that day! The reason being the many tour groups, herding along like sheep, blocking paths and queuing to take pictures. So it was difficult to savour the atmosphere with so many people there.
This was by far the busiest temple, but not to be missed. Truly spectacular!!