Cherry Cambo was a great guide. Friendly, very informative not only about the sites of Koh Ker but about the countryside we passed through.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you require hotel pickup, then you must tell us the name of the hotel and preferably the street when you book. If guests do not inform us of the pickup location, we cannot pick you up.
Please be advised that Temples entrance tickets (passes) are NOT INCLUDED. Guests can buy their tickets at the temple sites.
Start off your day with a long drive to the ruins of Beng Mealea Temple. Beng Mealea or Bung Mealea is a temple of the Angkor Wat period situated about 40 km east of the main group of temples at Angkor, Cambodia, on the ancient royal highway to Preah Khan Kompong Svay. It was built as a Hindu temple in the early 12th century by Suryavarman II but has been neglected and is now dilapidated and overgrown. Despite it's state, the quality of architecture and decorations has drawn the attention of French scholars since its rediscovery. Beng Mealea is thought to have been a prototype for Angkor Wat.
Next up, Koh Ker Temple. Koh Ker served as the capital for Jayavarman IV, who reigned from 928 to 942. He used this short period for a prolific construction programme on an unprecedented scale, collecting taxes and hiring labour forces from all parts of his Khmer empire.
Koh Ker is abandoned to the forests of the north of Siem Reap and is still surrounded by numerous interesting structures, e.g. linga-shrines, Prasat Thom, Prasat Pram and Prasat Chrap.
At both venues, the guide explains what the guests are about to see; the history, the culture and the religions that were at play.
You’ll be hungry after the long drive and sightseeing, so settle into one of the restaurants nearby, and dig into some traditional Cambodian curries, soups and stir-fries.
Then settle back for a relaxing ride back to town.
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If you are tired of a crowd of tourists of Angkor Wat and nearby areas in Siem Reap, traveling to a remote site is a good option. Koh Ker and Beng Mealea give more authentic decayed ambience where nature dominates the sites. I was lucky...More
I spent the day with Sothea visiting Koh Ker and Beng Melea. He is a very knowledgeable guide and could answer any question I had. He is keen to share his experience and is very passionate about his job. He's a lovely man who is...More
I joined the full-day tour to Koh Ker and Beng Mealea. There were five people in the group including the guide and driver. The transport is by minibus, and I enjoyed the comfortable seating and air con very much. Our guide, Cherry, provided comprehensive information...More