Though a large and unfortunate percentage of the American population probably does not know what or where Cambodia is, at least 85% of females and 100% of males can identify Angelina Jolie. And a disturbingly high percentage could likely tell you where she is right now. The truly astute (or obsessed) could also tell you that Cambodia houses Ta Prohm, a Mahayana Buddhist temple just over 2 miles east of Angkor Thom, that Jolie graced with her presence when she played Lara Croft in Tomb Raider.
Ta Prohm dates back to the late 12th century, and particularly stands out as an Angkorian monastery because it has remained largely untouched over the centuries. Secluded in a nook amidst the Cambodian jungle, the Bayon-style masterpiece enchants visitors with its entwined, picturesque tree roots meandering over moss-washed stone walls, and vines as wide as oak trees cleaving some of the structure's massive blocks. Despite its extensively ruined state, Ta Prohm visitors are still able to explore the temple's 39 towers, courtyards, and narrow corridors.
Outside Ta Prohm's main entrance await a gauntlet of open-air eateries for post-exploratory snacks or lunch.
Ta Prohm: Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Should I travel to Cambodia in hopes of running into Angelina Jolie dressed as Lara Croft at Ta Prohm?
A: It is not recommended.
Q: What are the chances that I will see Angelina Jolie dressed as Lara Croft at Ta Prohm?
A: Approximately 0.
Q: If I go to Ta Prohm and don't see Angelina Jolie dressed as Lara Croft, can I get a refund?
Q: OK, so what are the chances that I will see Angelina Jolie dressed as Angelina Jolie at Ta Prohm....
- Firsthand Account of Touring Ta Prohm: http://journal.goingslowly.com/2010/11/temples-of-angkor-ta-prohm/
- Hotels Near Ta Phrom Temple: http://www.visit-mekong.com/cambodia/angkor-wat/ta-prohm-bayon.htm
- Guide to Angkor Monuments: http://www.theangkorguide.com/
- Cambodia Tours: http://www.aboutasiatravel.com/cambodia/tour/cambodia-tour.htm