Photographer's Note

The Place
This is the Ta Prohm temple within the Angkor complex in Cambodia. The photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings have made it one of Angkor's most popular temples with visitors.

This picture was taken during my solo-backpacking trip to Cambodia and Vietnam in March 1997. Cambodia at that time was not the peaceful country that is now. Pol Pot was alive and the Khmer Rouge still controlled some rural areas of the country (including some of the more distant temples of Angkor complex). Lonely Planet at the time advised that going off the beaten track was plain stupid. Foreign tourist were kidnapped and killed on annual basis, landmines were a big issue, and even there were conflicts within the government which was shared by two PMs.
I took this one just after contemplating the sunrise by the Srah Srang. I was alone, having this wonderful temple all for myself. A fantastic experience, regretting only that TE didn’t exist at that time!
I wonder how many buses of tourist arrive at any given hour at this temple nowadays.

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