Tomb Raiders

We didn't actually raid any tombs, but we did sneak out nice and early this morning to enjoy the dawn at Ta Prohm temple, the site of the 2001 film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider staring Angelina Jolie. Among the ruins of this ancient temple stand some of the most magnificent trees we have ever seen. Our early visit allowed us to beat the crowds, enjoy this temple at a leisurely pace, and get some spectacular pictures.

After our morning temple visit we were off to have a meet and greet with the Venerable Somnieng Hoeum, managing Director of Life and Hope Association. We learned about the good work these monks are doing for the less privileged people of Cambodia and the interesting story of Venerable Somnieng Hoeum's close connection to Iowa.

The afternoon found us taking a leisurely hike into the Kulen Hills to have a picnic lunch at Kbal Spean. The river bed of Kbal Spean is intricately carved earning it the nickname 'River of a Thousand Lingas.' Some of us enjoyed the beautiful scenic views of the forest while the more adventurous enjoyed cooling off in the Kbal Spean waterfall. This day truly had a little something for everyone.

Kale and Michael

To find more pictures of our trip, visit Michael's flickr page here.

Ta Prohm
Life and Hope monks