This is part 4 of a 4 part series on my visit to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Today we’ll visit Ta Prom.
After running low on water and getting sunburnt I made my way down the steps of Chau Say Tevoda. I wander a bit off course into a trail into the woods. Unfortunately I somehow lost the photos/videos of my next find. In the woods I found another ruin with no people there at all. Trees growing out of steps in a pyramid shape. I decided to climb it and enter into the opening at top, which was exciting. On my way down, I noticed the ‘do not climb’ sign on the other side, whoops.
Continuing onward back into the trail, a kid came out of nowhere and started talking to me. Red flag. I waited for the punchline of our small talk. Eventually he asked for a donation for his school or something, which I declined. I asked him if I was going the right direction, he motioned yes right between that gate. I had a momentary vision of accomplices waiting on the other side to jump out considering I saw no one else around….which never happened. Passing some local’s huts along the way, I came to the entrance of Ta Prom.
Ta Prohm is on the UNESCO world heritage list and was abandoned in the 17th century after the fall of the Khemer empire. Restoration began in the 21st century. The majestic silk cotton trees reach upwards and creep themselves around the ruins. As also seen in the movie Tomb Raider.
Without further adieu, I’ll wrap up this series by letting the photos speak for themselves. I enjoyed exploring the entire Angkor Wat complex all day, and my sunset meditation there was an unforgettable high point.