Tomb Raiding: Ta Prohm

Whewww it’s been a long time, huh?! I’ll excuse myself for taking it reeeal easy on winter break, and then just generally not feeling like blogging. Hey, just being real. I hope your year is off to a good start excepting politics. I’ve been reading a bunch and keeping up with exercising for the most part, and pretty  much sticking to a good schedule for school. So things are going pretty well!image

As I’ve gotten back into thesis work, I’ve been reminiscing about my time in Cambodia. I’ve been longing to go back through my photos and share more from my trip, so even though it’s half a year later, that’s what I’m going to do – starting with the coolest temple, Ta Prohm! Despite being SO humid that my face and back continually dripped with sweat, Ta Prohm was my favorite temple visit.

(By the way, it was SO hot and I was SO sweaty that it was crazy difficult to get my camera to focus. TMI. But I apologize that these photos are a bit blurrier than I would prefer.)







It has real Indiana Jones, deserted temple, Jungle Book vibes – just like I was hoping for!!





Trooper award goes to my mom. And points to her for saving us from the heat via peppermint essential oil!



Tree hugger for life


Unfortunately there were tons of other people there, so I didn’t feel like I was uncovering ancient archaeological finds. BUT it was an authentic ancient temple experience, and there was SO MUCH to explore.






My dad looked like freakin Indiana Jones in his hat, so I took a lot of unsuspecting pictures of him

I felt super Legends of the Hidden Temple, if you know what I mean.





For those planning their wardrobe for SE Asia temples, my dress was borderline too short. But you can buy a dress like the one my mom has for 7 bucks once you get there. Do that. Plus, you will want everything you own to have elephants on it, so there’s a great start.


Ta Prohm was featured on the set of movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001, starring Angelina Jolie). I haven’t actually seen the movie, but knowing it’s based on a video game that features a bad-ass leading lady, it gets my vote for being cool.


This is the part of the building featured in the movie!


Channeling Lara




The temple is about 800 years old, and its age shows in the way that nature has started to overtake the structures: winding trees, roots growing out of stone, green moss highlighting the many bas-reliefs (stone imprintings).







I would love to go back (time-travel) as a child and pretend I was a super cool archaeologist or tribe leader. Or go at my current age and play hide and seek at dusk. Your call.







3 thoughts on “Tomb Raiding: Ta Prohm

  1. Mel & Suan says:

    Yeah Ta Prohm and the 4-face Buddha probably inspire the Lara Croft movies…and in truth they are gems, only uncovered from the forests such a short time ago!
    The only way to keep cool is to spray some mist on yourself with a portable fan like we saw some Chinese tourists do!


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