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  Ms Jolie at Ta Phrom
by bpacker

Other than my recommended list of temples, I have another list . But of course, this is meant more for fans of LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER. Yes, I've roughed it out in Siem Reap, deciphered several ancient articles circa 2001( See Asiaweek article , The Laissez Faire City Times) , watched re-runs of Tomb Raider to give you this summary.

1)Phnom Bakheng - On Croft's first day in Siem Reap, Navy Seal lookalikes drop her by parachute onto the hilltop 10th-century Hindu temple.

2)Sofitel Royal Angkor hotel - Ms Jolie stayed at the $1,900 suite here but partied at the Red Piano at night .

3)Bayon Temple - Those terrific Land Rover car stunts that you see were done in front of the sacred Bayon temple. To see a picture of Lara in the Land Rover, go to my Angkor Thom page.

4)Ta Phrom - This is where Ms Crofts stops her Land Rover and follows a flock of butterflies into a temple overgrown with trees. She later discovers an underground cavern full of warrior stone monkeys and a gigantic sword-wielding Brahma.

5)The pond at Angkor Wat - After slaying tons of stone monkey warriors at Ta Phrom, Ms Croft runs off to a faraway -Tonle Sap-lookalike water village. In actuality, Ms Jolie wasn't too far away. The film crew built a Potemkin bamboo village in the sacred pond at Angkor Wat and made poor Ms Jolie paddle around the water for hours at 35-degree! On top of that, she had a stuntman in flippers to look out for her.

6)East Gate of Angkor Thom - This is where the villians of the movie pulled down a wall with an image of an apsara.Needless to say, the wall was fake. So were the dumb Vietnamese conical hats that the village extras had to wear.

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  • Updated May 26, 2005
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