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Koh Ker Temple
SIEM REAP | Beng Mealea&Koh Ker Tour
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This remote day trip from Siem Reap is a great opportunity to witness daily life away from this very touristic and chaotic town. This is a long day trip that covers two remote temples: Koh Ker and Beng Mealea, both were forgotten for centuries in lush jungle until being recently discovered by archaeologists. An excellent trip for anybody wanting to further explore the regions temples and for those who like to see the sights most people dont get to.
Name Siem Reap - Beng Mealea & Koh Ker Tour
Duration Full Day
Price from 200 USD/pax (based on 2 pax)
Pick-up point Hotel in Siem Reap
Drop-off point Hotel in Siem Reap
Places to visit Beng Mealea temple, Koh Ker lost city


• The new toll road to the Koh Ker temples is now complete, making these incredible 10th century structures more accessible than ever before. It is still a long drive and it can take between 3 and 4 hours to reach Koh Ker from Siem Reap. For this reason, don’t underestimate the time that will be spent in the car. Roads to these areas were only recently cleared and the journey will take you on bumpy trails through rural villages and deserted forest wildernesses en-route to the stunning temples, which date from different eras.
• For most of the year it is hot when exploring the temples. The guide will make regular stops where you can purchase water and snacks. Please keep hydrated and bring sunscreen and hats to protect yourself from the sun.
• The Apsara Authority which manages the park reserves the right to refuse entry to certain areas of the site for guests who wear clothing which is considered immodest. No smoking, drinking alcohol or touching the carvings is permitted in and around the temples.

Pick-up at 8:00 am from your hotel. And drive about 65 km north-east of Siem Reap to Beng Mealea. This temple was built during the 12th century during the reign of Suryavarman II, at about the same time as Angkor Wat of which its layout and style closely mirror. However, Beng Melea is completely ruined and largely overrun by vegetation and competes with Ta Prohm for the “lost in the jungle” ambience. It is a tangle of trees, lichen-covered stones, broken towers and galleries. Many impressive sculptures are hidden among the rubble and the vegetation. This temple is very lightly touristed and offers plenty picturesque pictures’ opportunities.

After the visit, we will drive about 60 km to the north-east to reach the temple complex of Koh Ker. Here, we have lunch in the temple precincts and take the eastern part of the circuit which has some of the largest lingas in temple lingas in the Khmer Empire. The atmospheric temples of Prasat Krachap and Banteay Pichean are surrounded by forest. If you are lucky,you may see birds of prey such as eagles, circling overhead.

Koh Ker was the capital city of the Khmer Empire during hardly two decades (928-944) during the reign of Jayavarman IV who is sometimes considered as an usurping because of the disruption in the royal succession at the time of its accession. The main ruins at Koh Ker consist of an impressive seven-storey sandstone pyramid (Prasat Thom). The second biggest structure of Koh Ker is Prasat Krahom (red temple) built with red bricks and lost in the jungle. The surrounding land was irrigated by the Rahal Baray, similar to, but smaller than, the ones at Angkor.

After the visit, we will drive you back to your hotel and trip finishes approx. 5:00pm.

This is a sample itinerary so the cost really depends on the number of people in your group and time of travel. Please send us your enquiry for availabilities & the most up dated price.

• Transportation by tuktuk or private aircon vehicle
• An experienced English-speaking local guide
• 1 picnic lunch
• 1-day Angkor pass
• 1 liter of mineral water 
• 24/24h assistance from our company
• Service charges and government tax

• Travel insurance
• Visa
• Drink and beverage
• Personal expenses
• Camera fees (if any)
• Tips for guide & driver
• Other items than mentioned in the program
• Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities (typhoon, floods), flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, any accidents, medical evacuations, riots, strikes etc.

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