Things to do in Kaoh Ker

Our most recommended things to do in Kaoh Ker

Siem Reap: Koh Ker, Beng Mealea, & Tonle Sap Private Tour

1. Siem Reap: Koh Ker, Beng Mealea, & Tonle Sap Private Tour

Join your private guide for a tour of Koh Ker, Beng Melea, and the  Kampong Phluk floating village. Start your tour with morning pickup from your hotel and make your way to the remote archaeological site of the Koh Ker Group in northern Cambodia. Visit Prasat Thom, part of the Koh Ker Group, believed to have been the state temple of King Jayavarman IV. This temple creates an imposing sight with its 7-tiered pyramid shape and numerous shrines. Learn all about the formerly powerful Khmer Empire as you tour the area with your guide. In the afternoon, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before heading to Beng Melea, a 12th-century temple in the middle of the jungle. Discover the most ruined temple in the Angkor Park, heavily overgrown with vegetation, trees, lianas, and moss. Next, take a local boat to explore the famous floating villages of Kampong Phluk. Take in views of the lake shore with its brightly colored houses and discover the way of life of local fishers before returning to Siem Reap.

Siem Reap: Day Trip to Koh Ker and Beng Mealea Temples

2. Siem Reap: Day Trip to Koh Ker and Beng Mealea Temples

You’ll start out with the 130-kilometer drive through the scenic countryside from Siem Reap to the remote site of the Koh Ker temple group. The temple complex at Koh Kor, located to the north-east of Siem Reap, represents the remnants of the capital of the Khmer empire from 928-944 A.D. Visit Beng Mealea temple next, built at the end of 11th century. This sprawling jungle temple covers an area of more than a square kilometer, and is now largely overrun by vegetation. Constructed in a distinctly Angkor Wat style by the same king, Beng Melea temple may have served as a prototype for Angkor Wat. Although there are some lintel carvings, there are no bas-reliefs and carvings are relatively scarce. When the temple was in active use, its walls may have been covered, painted, or adorned with frescoes. In it time, Beng Melea was at the crossroads of several major routes that ran to Angkor, Koh Ker, and Preah Vihear.

From Siem Reap: Beng Mealea and Koh Ker Temple Private Trip

3. From Siem Reap: Beng Mealea and Koh Ker Temple Private Trip

Take a wonderful tour to Koh Ker and Beng Mealea where the temples are literally hiding in the jungle. First, we will visit Koh Ker group where there is a Mayan-like temple called Koh Ker. It is a 7-tier-pyramid temple with the height of 35 m. On the temple top, we can view the gorgeous forest around the temple. There are over 30 monuments in the ruins that we can explore. After that, we continue our trip to Beng Mealea, known as the sister of Angkor Wat. The temple’s name means Lotus Pond where travelers often admire its unique structure.

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