Welcome to Koh Ker

Long one of Cambodia’s most remote and inaccessible temple complexes, the toll road from Dam Dek (via Beng Mealea) has placed Koh Ker (pronounced ko-kayer) within day-tripping distance of Siem Reap. To really appreciate the temples – the ensemble has 42 major structures in an area that measures 9km by 4km – some visitors prefer to spend a night here.

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$97.50 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Tour to Beng Mealea Jungle Temple and Koh Ker

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Beng Mealea, Siem Reap ProvinceBeng melea is jungle temple which built by the same period of Angkor wat.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Koh Ker Temple, Preah Vihear ProvinceKoh ker temple is the pyramid temple of Shiva Linga in Hindu religious beliefs. Duration: 2 hours

$150 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Day Tour to Koh Ker Off the Beaten Track

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Koh Ker Temple, Preah Vihear ProvinceWe drive around 2 and half hours to get to Koh Ker, along the way we can see many types of local plantation such as tapiocas, mangos, pepper, bananas...etc. Koh Ker is an old ancient Khmer Capital city from 921 - 944 by King Jayavarman IV from 921-942 and his son Harshavarman II role from 942-944. Koh Ker known as Cambodian Pyramid temple, 36 meters high and on top there is an impressive shrine with two meters high Lingas. Our guide will explain you more about this temples while the tour being there. You could get to the top of temple to get nice view with an amazing fresh air. After we finish Koh Ker we will head to Prasad Pram five towers temples, the amazing of this temple is there are trees growing up on top of temple. The best tip was seeing temples in Koh Ker are very quiet, Off beaten track trip. Duration: 2 hours

$85 Cultural & Theme Tours

Ancient City of Khmer Empire

Beng Mealea is jungle temple located in 77 km from Siem Reap it was built during the reign of king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century that was as a Hindu temple, but there are some carvings depicting buddhist motifs. Its primary material is sandstone and it is largely unrestored, with trees and thick brush thriving amidst its towers and courtyards and many of its stones lying in great heaps.  After this jungle temple you going to visit Koh Ker Temple ‘ Khmer Pyramid temple’ that was built by King Jayavarman IV in 9th Century that also was a capital of the Khmer empire in (928 AD), numerous sanctuaries with Shiva-lingas existed already. Koh Ker was a cult site where Shiva had been worshiped a long time. Also Jayavarman IV was an ardent worshiper of this Hindu god. As later kings (whose residence was not in Koh Ker) changed from Hinduism to Buddhism they gave orders to make the necessary adjustments at their temples.The city of Koh Ker was on the most important strategic route of the Khmer empire. Coming from Angkor and Beng Mealea to Koh Ker this road led to Prasat Preah Vihear and from there to Phimai in Thailand and Wat Phu in Laos. The region of Koh Ker is relatively dry. Numerous water-tanks and canals were built during the 9th and the 10th century to ensure the water supply.

$40.77 Multi-day & Extended Tours

5-Day 'All The Sights' Tour

DAY ONE starts at 8:30am and lasts about eight hours. First we visit Angkor Thom where guests see Bayon, Baphoun, and Ta Phrom temples plus the Elephant & Leper King Terraces. After lunch we continue to Angkor Wat, finishing with the sunset at Phnom Bakeng. Drop-off is at about 6:30pm. DAY TWO starts at 8:30am and lasts about 10 hours. First, we drive up to Phnom Kulen. On the way we stop at the river of 1000 lingas and then continue on to the waterfalls where guests can have a swim before trekking up to the pagoda where they will see the giant reclining Buddha. After lunch, we continue to Banteay Srei, stopping to see Sugar Palm manufacture (or alternatively the landmine museum). From there we visit Banteay Samre and Pre Rup temples before returning to the hotel at about 6:30pm.DAY THREE starts at 5:00am and lasts about 10 hours. After pick-up, we quickly drive to Angkor Wat to watch the sunrise. Then we return to the hotel so that guests can take breakfast. Afterwards, we visit Preah Khan, Neak Poan, Ta Som and East Mebon temples. After lunch, we visit Ta Nei, Ta Phrom and Banteay Kdei temples. We return to town about 3:00pm.DAY FOUR starts at 8:30am and lasts about 10 hours. After pickup we go directly to Koh Ker temple, some 80km from town. We browse around the complex and take lunch. After lunch we continue back to town stopping at Beng Mealea temple. Drop-off at your hotel is at about 6:30pm.DAY FIVE starts at 8:30am and lasts about 10 hours. We go directly to Kompong Phluk some 30km from town, where guests ride a motorised boat around the floating villages and see a completely different way of life. After lunch we continue to town stopping at Phsar Leur, the old market and Artisans d Angkor. Drop-off at your hotel is at about 5:00pm

$50 Day Trips & Excursions

Pyramid Temple Tour of Koh Ker

Adventure Koh Ker and Beng Mealea. Your guide and driver will pick you up from hotel at 8am to visit Koh Ker temple. That located in in Preah Vihea province east of Siem Reap and around 3hours drive. On the way we will stop at Krolan village( sticky rice city) where all the shop salling the same stuff. After Kralan we heading to Koh ker where on the way you will see Casava,Chashaw plantation. When we get to koh ker first we will visit Prasat pram (which mean 5tower temple) , Prasat Domrie, (Elephant temple), Prasat Ling(Linga temple) lunch break at local restaurant, after lunch we will see Prasat Thom the Pyramid one. After that we heading to the city on the way we will see Beng Mealea temple the juggle temple that completely ruin. And then return to hotel.End of the tour.

$41.44 Cultural & Theme Tours

Preah Vihear, Koh Ker and Beng Mealea Private Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Preah Vihear Temple, Preah Vihear ProvinceStarting the tour early, our guide will meet and pick you up in the lobby at 5:00am at your accommodation (Hotel or Guest House) as you can pack breakfast along with you or you can eat breakfast at any good restaurant along the way & lunch the same also as we eat along the way.Peah Vihear Temple is a Khmer temple situated atop a 525-metre (1,722 ft) cliff in the Dangrek Mountains, in the Preah Vihear province of northern Cambodia and on the border of Kantharalak district (amphoe) in Sisaket province of eastern Thailand. In 1962, following a lengthy dispute between Thailand and Cambodia over ownership, a majority of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague awarded the temple to Cambodia.Affording a view for many kilometers across a plain, Prasat Preah Vihear has the most spectacular setting of all the temples built during the six-centuries-long Khmer Empire. As a key edifice of the empire's spiritual life, it was supported and modified by successive kings and so bears elements of several architectural styles. Preah Vihear is unusual among Khmer temples in being constructed along a long north-south axis, rather than having the conventional rectangular plan with orientation toward the east. The temple gives its name to Cambodia's Preah Vihear province, in which it is now located, as well as the Khao Phra Wihan National Park which borders it in Thailand's Sisaket province and through which the temple is most easily accessible. On July 7, 2008, Preah Vihear was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Note: Breakfast along the way to Prah Vihear & Lunch after visit Prah Vihear ( Lunch : food can be cost rank from 5USD per dish which depend on the food you order form menu )Duration: 5 hoursStop At: Koh Ker Temple, Preah Vihear ProvinceKoh Ker Group located in the province of Preah Vihear, it was briefly the capital of the Khmer empire between 928 and 944 under king Jayavarman IV and his son Hasavaraman II. After the Khmer empire had been established in the Angkor area (Roluos), Jayavarman IV moved the capital in 928 almost 100km northeast to Koh Ker. Here a vast number of temples were built under his reign, until his successor returned to the Angkor area about twenty years later.The Koh Ker site is dominated by Prasat Thom, a 30 meter tall temple mountain raising high above the plain and the surrounding forest. Great views await the visitor at the end of an adventurous climb. Garuda, carved into the stone blocks, still guard the very top, although they are partially covered now.Across the site of Koh Ker there are many prasat or tower sanctuaries. A couple still feature an enormous linga on a yoni that provides space for several people. The outlet for the water that was sanctified by running it over the Linga can be seen in the outside wall of one of them. In other cases, three prasat stand next to each other, dedicated to Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu. Most of them are surrounded by libraries and enclosures, many also had moats. At that time, the roofs were still made of wood. Today, only the holes for the beams remain in the stone structures.Duration: 4 hoursStop At: Beng Mealea, Siem Reap ProvinceBeng Mealea Temple (its name means "lotus pond") located at the foot of Kulen Mountain. It was built as Hinduist temple, but there are some carvings depicting Buddhist motifs. Its primary material is sandstone and it is largely unrestored, with trees and thick brush thriving amidst its towers and courtyards and many of its stones lying in great heaps. For years it was difficult to reach, but a road recently built to the temple complex of Koh Ker passes Beng Mealea and more visitors are coming to the site.Built in the 12th Century, many scholars believe it was the model for Angkor Wat. It is just as wonderful of a temple but it is still largely lost in the jungle.Return to your hotel and finish tour between 5:00pm-6:00pm.Duration: 3 hours

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