Cambodia has become known as the “Kingdom of Wonder,” and it’s easy to see why. The stunning landscape is diverse with lakes, rivers, mountains and lush tropical forests. On the coast are some of the most beautiful and idyllic beaches in the world. Cambodia’s rich history is evident in the thousands of temples scattered throughout the country. No visit is complete without seeing Angkor Wat, the most famous temple complex of all. But if you are a traveler who likes to get off the beaten track, Cambodia offers an array of hidden gems for you to explore.


1. Feel Like a Tomb Raider at Ta Prohm

If you have seen Tomb Raider than you will recognize Ta Prohm. It’s the only temple complex in the Angkor region virtually left untouched since discovery. Massive roots of strangler figs and silk-cotton trees wind through the structure creating an awe-inspiring merger between nature and architecture. As well as exploring the labyrinth of corridors, nooks, and crannies, be sure to check out the dinosaur carving in a quiet corner of the complex. It’s believed that Ta Prohm construction began in the 12th century. Does the carving tell us that the dinosaurs lived more recently than previously thought? It’s not just Lara Croft who gets to solve mysteries of the past!

ta phrom temple dinosaur Omer Serkan Bakir / Getty Images

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