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

In the morning after breakfast you drive to see the pyramid shaped temple of Koh Ker. In the past Koh Ker was the capital of the Khmer empire. The temple is 36-metre (118 ft) high and very impressive because the architecture is different from the style you will find in Angkor Wat Park. Afterwards we go to see the Jungle Temple (Beng Mealea). This temple is very special because it was not rebuilt and vegetation grows inside the temple and around the stones. You will feel like Indiana Jones while exploring this temple! There are some restaurants nearby the temple for lunch or having a drink. Take your time to enjoy the temple. The driver is flexible with time and will wait for you.

$150 Private & Custom Tours

Private Day Tour to Koh Ker Off the Beaten Track

This private, customizable tour begins, ideally, at 7:30am in the morning, in front of your Siem Reap hotel. It's an early start to beat the crowds and minimize your time in the midday heat. Outside your hotel you will be greeted by our experienced, english speaking local driver. Feel free to ask for variations on this tour  - as long as they fall within the same the time and distance - it's your day and we want to take you 'off the beaten track'.The first scheduled stop is 120km away, at Koh Ker, one of the last areas in Cambodia to be de-mined it has had relatively few visitors until recently, and remains much quieter than anything around the Angkor Area.With far fewer visitors you can relax, take your time and feel much more like you should feel when exploring ancient ruins. Normally, the first temple we visit is the Pyramid Temple: Prasad Thom - literally the big temple, which was built in 928-944 AD, there are 5 levels and the temple is over 35 meters high. If you have the energy from the top view you can see kilometers of rice fields surrounded with jungle. Next up around 1km from here we go to see some of the largest Shiva linga in Cambodia at either Prasad Thneng, or Prasad Leung or both.After touring the pyramid temple area, with your driver you'll visit Prasad Bram, mostly famous for being engulfed by a strangler fig, this is one of the more popular photo stops for our clients. Prasad Bram means five temples, but we might say it's now 3 towers at various stages of returning to the Jungle. Comparatively quiet, with few tourists, so you can feel calm and peaceful in the jungle with the birds singing.After lunch we make our way to The Jungle Temple of Beng Mealea, stopping on the way if you like to see a local tapioca, banana, mango or rubber plantation along the way, as you like. Similar in appearance to more famous Ta Prohm but without same level of crowds, your are much more likely to feel like Indianna Jones at Beng Mealea than close to Angkor Wat. Spend the afternoon photographing the fascinating 12 centuries old temple, or just wandering about.After visiting all these sites your tour will end around 6:30pm when you're dropped at your Siem Reap hotel or restaurant.

$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.

$156 Cultural & Theme Tours

Siem Reap - Full day private tour at Beng Mealea, Koh Ker & Preah Vihear

Explore the temple ruins located in Siem Reap Province, most within the boundaries of the Angkor Archaeological Park near Siem Reap City, and other ruins located in nearby provinces like Preah Vihear Province at the northwest of Siem Reap, together with Beng Mealea, Koh Ker, and Preah Vihear temples. Your first stop will be at Beng Mealea, a sprawling jungle temple covering over one square kilometre. The temple is largely overrun by vegetation and has very few tourists, giving it an adventurous, ‘Lost Temple' or 'Indiana Jones’ feel. It predates and may have served as a prototype for Angkor Wat. Beng Mealea was at the crossroads of several major highways that ran to Angkor, Koh Ker, and Preah Vihear (in northern Cambodia). For your second stop, we will bring you to Koh Ker, a road loop around the bay beyond the most important temples. The premier ruin of the complex is Prasat Thom, an imposing 7-tiered pyramid and temple complex. (Best photographed in the morning and offering a bird’s eye view from the top). As you go around the loop, there are several nicely preserved ruins just off the road, impressive prasats, and small temple complexes. After a short trekking at the 7-tiered pyramid, replenish your energy by indulging in some of Cambodia’s delicacies mixed with western inspired dishes at a restaurant situated on the premises of Koh Ker. After lunch, we will be heading to your third and last stop, The Preah Vihear, which has unique ruins with a spectacular view of the Cambodian plain. It is situated on the edge of a plateau that dominates the plain of Cambodia. The Temple of Preah Vihear is dedicated to Shiva. The Temple is composed of a series of sanctuaries linked by a system of pavement and staircases. After the day of adventure and discovery, you can choose to be taken back to the city and dropp off at your original pick up place, or you can add an option of witnessing the known Apsara dinner dance show or a treat yourself to a relaxing 60 minute body massage to end the day.

$84 Cultural & Theme Tours

Siem Reap - Full day shared tour at Beng Mealea, Koh Ker & Preah Vihear

Explore the temple ruins that are located in Siem Reap Province, most within the boundaries of the Angkor Archaeological Park near Siem Reap City and the other ruins located in the nearby provinces like Preah Vihear Province, at the northwest of Siem Reap together with Beng Mealea, Koh Ker, and Preah Vihear temples. Your first stop will be at Beng Mealea, a sprawling jungle temple covering over one square kilometre. The temple is largely overrun by vegetation and has very few touristy, giving it an adventurous, ‘Lost Temple' or 'Indiana Jones’ feels. It predates and may have served as a prototype for Angkor Wat. Beng Mealea was at the crossroads of several major highways that ran to Angkor, Koh Ker, and Preah Vihear (in northern Cambodia). For your second stop, we will bring you to Koh Ker, a road loop around the bay beyond of the most important temples. The premier ruin of the complex is Prasat Thom, an imposing 7-tiered pyramid and temple complex. (Best photographed in the morning and offering a bird’s eye view from the top.) As you go round the loop, there are several nicely preserved ruins just off the road, impressive prasats, and small temple complexes. After a short trekking at the 7-tiered pyramid, replenish your energy by indulging yourself to some of Cambodia’s delicacies mixed with western inspired dishes at a restaurant situated within the premises of Koh Ker. After lunch, we will be heading to your third and last stop, The Preah Vihear, which has unique ruins with a spectacular view of the Cambodian plain. It is situated on the edge of a plateau that dominates the plain of Cambodia; the Temple of Preah Vihear is dedicated to Shiva. The Temple is composed of a series of sanctuaries linked by a system of pavements and staircases. After the day of adventure and discovery, here then you can choose to go back to the city and drop off to your original pick up place. Or you can add an option of witnessing the known Apsara dinner dance show or treat yourself to a relaxing 60 mins body massage to end the day.

$48 Day Trips & Excursions

Day trip to Koh Ker & Beng Mealea from Siem Reap

This morning, we drive 120km northeast of the Angkor complex to discover the capital of King Jayavarman IV at Koh Ker temple. The architecture here is impressive in its scale and conveys a sense of power and grandeur, not usually associated with Khmer art. A picnic lunch will be arranged on site. In the afternoon we return to Siem Reap, stopping en route at Beng Mealea, a unique 11th century temple, almost rivaling Angkor Wat in terms of its size. The main temple sits on 108 hectares and is surrounded by a 45 meter-wide moat. Although it dates from the same period as the Angkor temples, the artwork and friezes are different in style and tone from the sculptures at Angkor. Much of the temple is enveloped by jungle, adding to the sense of discovery and mystery. 

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