Pokambor St., Mondul 1, Svaydangkum Commune, Angkor, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Angkor’s Most Atmospheric TempleUnlike other parts of the UNESCO World Heritage site, Ta Prohm has been left in the condition it was found after centuries of neglect. The evocative sight of silk-cotton, strangler fig, and golden apple trees growing out of the ruins has inspired countless artists, and has made big-screen appearances, including Tomb Raider. Ta Prohm served a community of more than 12,000 with a staff of 18 priests and 615 dancers (according to the temple’s records, carved into a stele). Arrange your schedule so that you can visit this popular site early in the day, when the ghosts from the temple’s past may outnumber the current-day visitors.