Koh Ker Temple, Preah Vihear Province

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Abandoned and undiscovered for over a thousand years, Koh Ker Temple remains part of one of Cambodia's most remote temple complexes. Inscriptions dating back to 932 CE have been found here, scattered across 42 major structures within the complex. The most notable landmark is Prasat Krahom, known for its red bricks. Don't wander off without a guide, as land mines continue to present a danger in the surrounding forests. Use our Preah Vihear Province route builder to arrange your visit to Koh Ker Temple and other attractions in Preah Vihear Province.
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  • Honestly I wasn't impressed with the pyramid, after 3 hours drive from SR. Too much in ruins, nothing really to see. Climbed to the top for a view that was nice of the forests all around. There are ma...  more »
  • Plus $ 30 (with Japan Guide) in Preah Vihear & benmeria Temple Tour, visited the ruins. Location visited in the mood completely, but definetely a great. You can cache ruins in Peru and Mexico, such as pyramids and climb up to the top. Landscape seen from the top of the pyramid Cambodia was exceptional and wonderful memories. Also I could see while focusing on the era are on their way to the pyramid ruins sense of nostalgia and made this site.
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  • me and my friend choose Koh Ker to the first place in Siem Reab .This place has so many curious about Pyramid and the Temple .There also have some energy in. u will see their is no giant tree grown up...  more »
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  • One of its kind pyramid in Cambodia, not too crowded. Beautiful view at the top, but you have to deserve it by climbing the 7 flights of stairs first!
  • Truly beautiful structure and didn't seem too busy with visitors. The panoramic view up top is also beautiful and peaceful... especially around sunset. Add this to your list of temples!
  • Very cool place! The hike up to the top of the pyramid is well worth it! Amazing views of the surrounding areas. The temple itself is very impressive considering how old it is 😊👍
  • Place interesting and opens many questions about religion in Cambodia, specially for people who are fisrt time see and know this culture. The pyramid here opens many questions Why How For what For whom Relation with Egyptian pyramids...
  • According to Wikipedia King Jayavarman IV initiated the construction of the Koh ker complex around the early part of the tenth Century. The central feature of the site is the impressive seven tiered pyramid (prang) which stands at 36 meters high, at the apex, and is sixty two meters square at the base. As we drove towards the site my driver, Phan (a great guide who speaks very good English), passed the time with some interesting anecdotal information about his past experiences with the remote sites I was about to visit. “The first time I came up here was in 1998. I had one customer, and American, who wanted to climb up the pyramid and watch the sunrise. We came up the day before on motor cross bikes because there was no road then, only a dirt track, and there were still a lot of land mines in the area. It took a lot longer to get there and we arrived in the evening. There was a small restaurant, which is still there, and we slept in hammocks under the shelter of the restaurants roof. The site is surrounded by jungle (and still is) and there were a lot of animals around the area. At dawn the American guy climbed up the pyramid to watch the sunrise.” I asked Phan if it was still possible to climb up the pyramid. He told me ascents to the top had been stopped but, if things were quiet and there were few visitors about, he would talk with the staff at the site. I was a bit concerned that I wouldn’t be able to climb to the top but there was not much I could do about it if the park staff said “no.” There is an entrance fee for these remote site visitations and a government office is just off the road a few kilometers before Beng Mealea. The fees are as follows: Beng Mealea – USD 5 per day; Koh Ker – USD 10 per day. For in-depth info on the remote temple sites of Cambodia, check my travel blog: megaworldasia dot com - South East Asia's off the beaten track specialist.

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Accommodations, by and large, remain pretty basic across Preah Vihear Province, with the remote and sprawling province not yet decked out with the infrastructure that will let tourism develop. Close to the main temples and ruins, you'll find small villages with a collection of guesthouses set in wooden shacks, with limited facilities, but run by welcoming locals. Many visitors opt to stay in Siem Reap, with the large city located about three hours away to the west of the main temples.
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