Ta Prohm-Cambodia

Ta Prohm temple inside of Angkor Thom complex was by far my favorite that we saw while we were in Siem Reap. Remember how I love trees jutting out of rocks? This was pretty much the epitome of just that. It’s even where the tree made famous by Tomb Raider stands in all its glory.

Ta Prohm Temple, Siem Reap Cambodia

That morning we set our alarms for 4:30am wanting to be at the temple just after five. We knew that most people would be heading to Angkor Wat for sunrise so we were hoping to have Ta Prohm all to ourselves in the perfect sunrise light. We weren’t disappointed. When we arrived, there was just one other couple with the same idea as us. Not even the guards were awake as we passed them, still groggy in their hammocks from the night shift.

We wandered through the never ending maze of crumbling walls, tree roots and the reconstruction of the walls they could still salvage. Each tree seemed even more unique than the last as we gave into our click happy fingers, racking up what felt like hundreds of photos in just a matter of hours.
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When we finally managed to pull ourselves away from the awe that we felt, we could see the tourists filling the space, fresh from seeing what I can only imagine to be yet another beautiful sunrise over Angkor Wat. But I would take the silence and emptiness of Ta Prohm over that any day.

  • EaSy foR YoU

    it is very nice. i am photographer in Cambodia

  • EaSy foR YoU

    this one

  • EaSy foR YoU

    can i know what kind of your lens for shooting ?

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  • http://www.searchingforsubstance.wordpress.com/ searchingforsubstance

    wah.. so awesome! i have visited Ta Prohm twice but both times in the afternoon and you’re right.. there are so many tourists that its hard to get a good shot without people in it. your photos look amazing, it really helps to bring the focus back on the temples and the trees, and not at other people.

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      I’m so glad that we woke up super early for this one! So worth it in the end!

  • sam

    Yyyaaaaaayyy. Ta prohm was my second favorite. Bayon stole that slot though. The trees just make it so magical!

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      oooh i completely understand that, those faces are incredible! i have pictures from there coming up too!

      • sam

        Right, the faces are amazing, and I loved that there wasn’t a set path to follow and you could go down into the lower level of the Temple where most people don’t go. My host uncle just recently became a tour guide for the temples after he married a girl from siem reap.

        • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

          what?! that’s amazing! that would be such a fun job! we didn’t hire any guides while we were there but i kind of wish we did!

  • Patty

    Beautiful! I have always wanted to go there. I better make plans before places like these will no longer exist.

    MusingsWithMissP

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      it’s so beautiful! and thankfully they’re taking steps to preserve it, we saw them working on it when we were there so hopefully it will be there for awhile!

  • denisechan

    Beautiful photos! I love how untouched the place looks..

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    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      thanks! and that’s why i like it to much too! the crumbled stones also help with that, i love the look of it!

  • http://liveitinerantly.com/ Quyen Nguyen

    This pictures are absolutely beautiful and inspiring!

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    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      thanks so much! i may be biased but i think jeremy does a dang good job ; )

  • http://betweendreamstheblog.blogspot.com/ Allie @ Between Dreams

    HOT DAMN! Those tree roots are just… ev-er-y-thing.

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      uh yes, i want one in my backyard someday ; ) just so i can pretend that i’m back in asia for a bit haha

  • http://www.bonnieroseblog.co.uk/ Bonnie Rose

    I loved visiting there, except for when the tour guide called the tree ‘Angelina Jolie’ tree. I cannot wait to go back there with Ryan. Love Cambodia so much.

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      bahaha! gotta love those little plugs that they do ; ) i know the feeling though of wanting to go back somewhere after you’re married. i have that with argentina, i want to go back so bad with jeremy!

  • http://inkandadventure.blogspot.tw/ Jamie

    ok, I think you’ve sold me on Cambodia.

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      yup yup yup, there’s no denying it ; )

  • http://www.simplemomentsstick.com/ Susannah

    Wow! What a gorgeous temple!!! I can’t wait to someday visit Cambodia!

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      oh you definitely need to! when we first thought about going we were on the fence about it but it the was the best choice to go!

  • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

    How awesome! I especially love those tree roots.

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      they were HUGE! i still can’t get over it!

  • http://eatseedoblog.com/ Anna @ Eat, See, Do

    I loved Ta Prohm and it’s amazing that you got to see it pretty much on your own. Angkor Park has to be one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been. Love your photos – they capture it beautifully.

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      i was so surprised that hardly no one else was there! i bet angkor is packed every morning though for the sunrise! it’s probably beautiful, but i’m happy with our choice : )

  • Emily Patten

    Oh my goodness, that place is gorgeous! I’m going to have to add it to my list of things to see.

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      definitely do! it’s beyond words just how amazing this place is!

  • http://www.diariesofanessexgirl.com/ Kate Hall

    Wow I recognised that from Tomb Raider, it looks even more beautiful there (well obviously but y’know)! You guys had the right idea going so early.

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      the ONLY bad thing was that they built a fence post around the tree so it was hard to get photos. i guess too many people were crawling all over the tree ; ) i love seeing places in person that i’ve seen in movies or history books!

  • http://www.oakandoats.com/ Elizabeth Mayberry

    lovely. and magical. as always. i love your travels.

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      awe thanks beth! this place was beyond amazing, like nothing i’ve seen before!

  • http://www.melaniefontaine.com/ Melanie Fontaine

    Wow, this place looks simply incredible! Like from another world! :)

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      i couldn’t agree more. these temples are just amazing pieces of art

  • http://heleneinbetween.com/ Helene

    this is incredible! I love how the moss, trees and grass has made itself intertwined within the gorgeous temple!

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      me too! it was like nothing i have ever seen before. beyond words…

  • Malú

    nice pictures!!! beatifull experience!!
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    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      thanks so much!

  • Caroline L.

    This doesn’t even look like real life! It looks like a video game or a 3D fantasy movie or something of the sort… so cool!

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      haha! i agree! it was so amazing to wander through here!

  • http://mariellegreen.com/ Marielle Green

    Ta Prohm was my favorite too! What an awesome idea to go there for the sunrise; Angkor Wat was definitely ridiculous.

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      that’s what i’ve heard, so we just avoided it in the morning all together. i would much rather have an empty temple to wander through

  • http://treasuretromp.com/ Nicole @ Treasure Tromp

    this is so lovely, my friend! THOSE TREES!!

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      you really really REALLY have to go! it’s an amazing sight!

  • http://tothedayslikethis.blogspot.co.uk/ Sammy Dorn

    WOW! These photos are amazing.

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      thanks! there are so many cool areas to these temples! you could spend all day exploring!

  • http://lulug1975.blogspot.co.uk/ Louisa @ My Family & Abruzzo

    What an amazing place! Great pics.

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      thanks so much louisa!

  • http://megancstroup.blogspot.com/ Megan C. Stroup

    Gorgeous photos! Great idea to beat the tourists; what a beautiful place to enjoy in peace and quiet.

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      thanks so much! and yes, i would much rather get out of bed earlier if it means i don’t have to push and shove

  • http://www.kayliwanders.com/ Kayli Schattner

    Wow! Beautiful, beautiful pictures, Chelsea. You are so darn talented!

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      oh no no no, i take no credit for the photos. that’s all jeremy! but i’d say he’s pretty talented as well ; )

  • http://www.sunshine2thesquareinch.blogspot.com/ Beka Johnson

    pretty! I love that picture of you and Jeremy.

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      thanks darlin ; )

  • Katie Cook

    This place is so so amazing! This was our favorite too! I mean, how can one not obsess over those TREES!!!!! love ya

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      aren’t they!? i loved that part of the temples. we have WAY too many tree pictures on our computers : )

  • Casey

    Amazing and one of the places I’m looking forward to the most in Siem Reap! I think we might do the same thing… do this at sunrise, or right after.

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      ok seriously, i hope you like this one as much as i do, it was one of my favorites for sure! the smaller temples have so much character to them!

      • Casey

        This was the one I’m looking forward to the most so glad to hear it was a good one!

  • http://sometimesztakespictures.blogspot.com/ Z K

    Wow, what stunning photos! I love seeking out quiet and distant places when I travel – it’s so nice to get away!

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      i agree, i was so excited when we got there are there were hardly any other people!

  • http://www.scatteredseashells.com/ Chantal

    Soooo cool!!

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      thanks!