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“Less known city in Cambodia”
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Koh Ker Temple
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Full Day Koh Ker and Beng Mealea Exploration from Siem Reap
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Koh Ker, three hours from Siem Reap, served as the capital of the Khmer empire from 928 to 944, and was built under King Jayavarman IV under whose reign colossal sculptures and lingas were constructed, leading to charges of megalomania. Some of the lingas remain, though the sculptures have been removed to the museum in Phnom Penh. The site, which has only recently been demined, is dominated by Prasat Thom, a 30 meter high pyramid temple. In view of the distance, there are far fewer crowds here, making a visit an easier and more pastoral experience.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
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“Less known city in Cambodia”
Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

Over thousand years old temples ruins located about 185 km from Siem Reap,Angkor. The group of temples in Kok ker city built in 10 century like Brasat Bram,five brick towers which took over by trees on the temple structure is one of good condition temple in this area. Brasat Thom is a huge pyramid temple rise in the middle of tropical jungle about 37 m height with comfortable wooden stair case to go up to the top of temple. On the top we can enjoy the view of forestand

Visited July 2014
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“Nice for a good day's hike”
Reviewed July 8, 2014

This is a complex of temple ruins about an hour's drive from Siem Reap. One you arrive in the vicinity, with good organisation, you could joy a few hours' hike to different locations to savor the atmosphere, soak in a thousand years of history, and even give your legs a good workout by climbing o the top of the pyramid temple.

In one of the temples, a film set of village huts was still standing and this spoilt the scenery a bit.

You would need to hire a car for just over $100, including petrol and driver, to see all the temples. Heng was a professional guide and he showed me the best pots to take photos from.

I recommend this visit if you have a second destination to choose, after a day at Angkor Wat, Ta Prom and Bayon. Make it t least three days in Siem Reap.

Visited July 2014
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“A long way out”
Reviewed July 2, 2014

We took a taxi out to Koh Ker and Beng Mealea for $100, which I think was about $10 too much. It took right at about 2 hours to arrive. The temple was pretty cool - a way different style than the ones near Siem Reap. While at Koh Ker was stopped at Prasat Pram, which is the first one on the left as you enter the complex. It was really cool - as roots were overtaking the building. If you go during rainy season, the path around Koh Ker might be water covered. We were wearing sandals, so no big deal. It was a good drive through the rural countryside as well.

Visited July 2014
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Great view from atop”
Reviewed June 17, 2014

It is worth the climb on the pyramid temple. New wooden steps make it easier to climb the 35 meters pyramid. The view of surrounding forest is good from the top.

Visited May 2014
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“Most interesting site outside Siem Reap”
Reviewed June 1, 2014

Koh Ker is about 80 miles NE from Siem Reap and it was briefly the capital of the Khmer Empire. It is not a single temple but former city with a group of temples scattered over a wide area (qv Grand Circuit, Siem Reap). It can take most of a day to look at all the accessible temples. Trying to combine Koh Ker with Preah Vihear is like trying to combine Musee d'Orsay with the Louvre in a day. Even combining it with Beng Melea is not recommended unless you are thinking about a visit to 2-3 temples only.

Prasat Thom is the best known temple with Prang, the magnificent stepped pyramid. The main car park is near and there is a ring road around Rahal, the huge baray. Going clockwise, there is a group of temples with the largest lingams remaining. Take care as the names of the temple known to the locals, sign posted on the road and on maps are not consistent.

Prasat Banteay Pichean Prasat Chrap, and Prasat Damrei are definitely worth a closer look. All are in bad condition but there are still some interesting carvings. Also these temples being brick, have a different atmosphere to stone ruins.

Prasat Pram, the last temple before leaving Koh Ker, is also worth a stop. As the name suggests, it is a goup of 5 towers with 2 towers covered in roots.

There are some facilities at the main car park, but nothing elsewhere. You should make sure that you have enough water, etc before starting for the satellite temples.

Visited May 2014
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