Tomb Raider


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(1/400, F5, ISO800, 15mm)

 Last year we visited the ruined city of Angkor and its famous temples in Cambodia. I never met anyone who had been there and wasn´t enthusiastic about it and we were also totally mesmerized by this magical place.

My personal favorite of all the temples was the Preah Khan complex, which we saw on the second morning of our 3-day visit.
At sunrise we had breakfast on its steps and spent hours alone wandering the corridors with all its statues and crumbling walls before the next visitors arrived.

The photo above was taken near the Eastern entrance of the Buddhist temple where one tree was still standing on top of the ruined wall.

PS. The Tomb Raider movie was actually shot at the Ta Prohm temple.

63 thoughts on “Tomb Raider

    • Thanks very much, it was inside the Preah Khan temple, which was a great choice to go at sunset, cuz nobody there and only after almost 2 hours another couple arrived 😉
      All the best,

    • Thank you very much, Josh, interesting to notice that although there are millions of photos out there, this very obvious shot is nowhere to be found 😉
      Greetings from KL,

    • Thanks so much, Alexandra, sometimtes I think I aim to put too much in a photo, but this was just begging to put all in with the light , tunnelvision and tree being so specific for the location 😉
      Have a great weekend,

  1. I’ve always longed to go there (like so many others). I like the way you did something unique with a much-photographed site – not easy! Obviously it helped being there before the crowds. Fantastic photo!

  2. You have some amazing photos. I love South East Asia it is one of my favourite travel destinations. I had wanted to go to see Angkor Wat for years and it seemed so far off and exotic I never thought I would get there. Finally went there about four years ago. Loved all the temples and until we started researching didn’t realise there were so many. I was pleasantly surprised by Siem Reap.

    • Thanks very much, Seonaid,enchanting is the word that describes walking around this place alone in the early morning, very special!
      Have a great weekend, Ron

    • Thank you, YC, was just checking on google image search if somebody shot it like this, and only found one out of first 100 or or so that shot thru this hole 😉
      Have a great weekend,

    • Hi Truels, if you have the opportunity, you really should, absolutely a SE Asia highlight and I like the fact it´s so big and so much amazing temples and ruins to visit that it´s fairly easy to skip the crowd by changing the regular visiting route 😉
      Enjoy your weekend,

  3. Who do you think you are Indiana Jones? Or should that be Lara Croft…….no that’s wrong on a number of levels. Nice shot though, you’ve managed to capture the mystery of the place with that passage disappearing intriguingly into the underworld.

  4. I’m so very glad to see a fresh post from you, Ron. I’ve seen this place in photos from other bloggers, but trust you to come up with something different. Yes, sunrise is the magical word for avoiding crowds. Maybe I’ll follow your example some day. Congratulations for leaving me breathless one more time. 🙂

    • That´s so kind of you to say, would you beleive I really thought it was like last week I posted here? Guess I was a bit optimistic as I had a short break in Thailand in between as well 😉
      Well sunrise is pretty busy in Angkor, but most people would go to same place and the rest you can have for yourself, which was worth it for sure.
      Don´t want to be cheeky always, but I guess the photos you´ve seen from the tree overgrowing the ruin are most likely from the more famous Ta Prohm temple, which has queues of people waiting to be portrayed in front of it, I stood in line and when it was my turn I took a photo without anybody in it, you should have seen the Asian, especially Japanese tourists, haha, guess it was weird to them!
      Enjoy your weekend,

  5. I love when you land some place and luck into being the only one there, if it’s luck really. I think sometimes places are eager for our silence and our singular appreciation and somehow ward off anyone else until we’ve fully embraced what it had to give us. Beautiful image.

    • Hi Noelle, totally agree with you, the experience in such a place to be by yourself is unbeatable, we got to wander this almost 1000 year old complex alone, which was so magical!
      It was not total luck by the way, because Angkor is so big it was easy to skip the crowds who were lining up in rows to watch the sunrise at the big Angkor Wat, and go to other places first!
      Thanks and greetz from KL,

    • Hi Sonya, that´s a great prospect, you will enjoy for sure, such an amazing sight, going only to Siem Reap/Angkor or visiting more of Cambodia/SE Asia?
      Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend,

        • Oh thats amazing, Laos was a favorite of mine too, were you´re going there? We only visited the Northern parts, but that was something special. Vietnam I´ve only seen the Mekong area, going to Hoi An end of the year 😉
          Cheers, Ron

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