Ta Prohm Temple at Tonle Bati in Phnom Penh

Ta Phrom Temple at Tonle Bati dates back to the late 12th century, featuring well-preserved stone carvings and bas-reliefs of Hindu mythology – this temple is similar in style to Angkor Wat in Siem Reap. Accessible within an hour’s drive from Phnom Penh City Centre, there’s an entrance fee of US$3 to visit the temple, making it affordable and convenient option for travellers who are staying in the capital of Cambodia. Other attractions in Tonle Bati include Yey Peo Temple (located 200 metres north of Ta Phrom Temple) and Tonle Bati Lake, a popular picnic spot amongst locals. Great for unwinding after visiting the temples, you can also rent huts and hammocks at relatively low prices.

The tourist guide picks you up from the hotel in the morning and kickstart the tour by an overland excursion to Tonle Bati. A small lake situated 30 km to the south of Phnom Penh. the Bayon-style temple built in the late 12th century and left in much the same condition in which it was founded – unlike most of the Angkorian ruins. Then visit to Yeay Peau temple. Next up is a silk weaving village in Tonle Bati and the interesting temple of the Black Virgin at Prasat Neang Khmao, before returning to Phnom Penh.

It is a popular weekend destination amongst the local. We then visit the Ta Prohm temple situated near the lake. This temple was built in the 12th century by Jayavarman VII. After the visit to this temple we then move towards the Yeav peau temple also built in the 12th century.

Unlike most of the temples of Angkor, Ta Prohm has been largely left to the clutches of the living jungle. With its dynamic interaction between nature and man-made art, this atmospheric temple is a favorite for many – who can’t help but feel a little like Indiana Jones or Lara Croft (which was filmed here) as they pick through the rubble.

It has a modern pagoda built around it. It has an interesting though slightly random collection of psychedelic statues. Then walk around the lake and a silk weaving village near the lake. Then proceed to Praat Neang Khmao. It is located 52kms south of Phnom Penh. Built with sandstone and brick in koh ker style it was built by Jayavarman IV. The visit the Black Virgin Mountain, which is the center of myth for the Vietnamese. The guide tour then ends and the tourist guide drops you back to the hotel.

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