“Run to a unique temple that is slowly being taken over by the jungle.
— John Maurizi
One of the best temple trails at Angkor. This trail takes you around the four gates of Angkor Prohm. The temple is known for the overgrowth of the jungle on temple walls and structures. If your lucky, you'll also find the Ta Prohm Stegosaurus
Need to Know
This year, the government changed the rule of when you are permitted to enter the temples. Now you have to wait until 7:30 a.m. missing some prime photo opportunities.
This trail can be accessed from the west or from the east. I suggest starting from the east because it will be a shorter drive to your next temple. From the east entrance, run the wide path until you reach the east gate. You can run the loop around the temple in any direction. I chose clockwise. The trail weaves in and out of an outer temple wall. You'll pass by several large trees than grown on top of and over the wall and parts of the temple. Take the opportunity to explore inside the temple either as you run the loop of after. There is quite a lot to see with the jungle overgrowing the ruins. Ta Prohm is also known for the Ta Prohm Stegosaurus
, a small carving near the west gate.
While the trail is short, it is very picturesque, especially if you like ancient ruins. It is well-shaded and perfect to do in the morning.
History & Background
A little background on the Stegosaurus. Some say it is proof some dinosaurs were present as late as 1000 years ago, otherwise, the Khmer people would have no idea what a Stegosaurus looks like. Let your imagination run wild.