Siem Reap-based Hidden Cambodia is well known for its dirt bike tours, but less so for its 4WD tours. Not being motorbike riders, we opted for the "4WD, driver, guide and cook" option. The result was that our overnight trip to Koh Ker with Hidden Cambodia was the indisputable highlight of our two week stay in Cambodia.
The amazing, less-travelled temples of the Koh Ker complex were a joy to explore. In most cases we were the only people there. They are well worth the visit.
By late afternoon we arrived at the rustic Hidden Cambodia's own house, affectionately called The Lodge. Koh Ker village has no running water or electricity; the lodge is the only building with a generator (but only till the fuel runs out at about 9pm - then lights out). By our own normal standards the facilities are very sparse indeed (simple furniture, exposed to the elements, outside toilet and wash room). But a quick look around shows how palatial this most basic of amenities can seem. We were deeply grateful for what we had at the Lodge, and ever mindful of what our neighbours did not.
Before dinner, we were escorted on foot around the village, meeting locals as they prepared for their evening meals and the night ahead (before sunset and darkness descended). What a privilege that was!
Following breakfast the next day, we made our way to the local schools. This was a deeply moving and enjoyable experience which we will never forget.
More than just being a tour director, Hidden Cambodia has a deep affinity with the people and community of Koh Ker. If you desire, they will even provide advice on how you can support the villages or schools you might come in contact with.
We returned to Siem Reap via Beng Melea temple having been expertly tutored throughout our two day sojourn by our guide Yusarun, driver Mr D, and cook Asuhn (apologies to each of you for my spelling of your names). Thank you to each of you for sharing your own incredible stories with us.
We are eternally grateful to Hidden Cambodia for the matchless insights, sensitivity and learning. We cannot recommend you highly enough. We take a very special and unqiue memory of Cambodia home with us to Australia.
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