We spent our first full-day in Cambodia doing what anyone tourist would gladly do, touring some of the most beautiful temples in South East Asia. In a single day we managed to visit 3 temples, one of which is called Ta Prohm, where Angelina Jolie filmed “Tomb Raider.” Unlike most Angkorian temples, Ta Prohm has been left in of the same condition that it was found: a photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings.
After traveling all over Thailand, I had thought I had seen enough temples for a while, but I am so happy I didn’t let that stop me from visiting the temples in Cambodia. These were much different from the Thai temples which looked extremely gaudy in comparison to these Cambodian ruins made out of stone carvings and held together by gravity (not a single nail used). It was obvious that these temples were ancient because enormous trees had literally grown over parts of the temple leaving areas covered in moss and tree roots.