The Remote Koh Ker - Beng Mealea and the Famous Stone Art of Poeung Komnou
Beng Mealea’s & Stone Arts of Poeung Komnou
Length Full Day (from 8h30 to 16h30)
Activities Trekking / Temple & Stone Arts Exploration
Transport Four wheel drive Toyota Land Cruiser (or equivalent)
Guide Local certified English speaking guide
Lunch Mountain top picnic lunch
Drink Soft drinks and cold towels
Entrance fee Koh Ker & Beng Mealea temple ticket
Total package for 2 persons US$ 348
Extra person US$ 50 per person (max. 4 persons)
French guide on request US$ 20 extra charge
We set off to experience a contrasting landscape and travel deep into the Cambodian jungle to Koh Ker a magnificent temple site, magically concealed within ancient Koki and Boeng trees. As you stroll though the entrance of the temple the awesome architecture rises before you in monumental scale.
Ambling though a series of detailed passageways and doors you finally reach the opening to the main temple which stands symmetrically and impressively high above he surrounding forest. Summit of the immense pyramid of Prasat Thom, There are many more temples in this area, nearby is Prasat Krahom and including the five found towers of Prasat Ling, each enclosing a giant linga or fertility symbol, the biggest and best found in situ anywhere in Cambodia.
Then, drive back to Svay Leu Pagoda and the top of the Poeung Komnou Mountain for your picnic lunch amidst ancient Hindu carvings… Enjoy a simple tasty meal in this natural environment, comfortably seated at a table.
After a little lunch rest, we head to the archeological site of Beng Mealea, the large temple built by Suryavarman II (early 11th century) in the style of Angkor Wat, similar shape and size, was it a prototype? The Temple was “rediscovered” only in the 90’s.
This is why you will face a unique atmosphere; collapsed blocks among standing walls and buildings, overgrown by jungle. Still a less visited temple, where to shoot unique photos of nature regaining its rights after human activity – it is also an opportunity for amateurs and archeologists to understand the temple’s degradation process and for visitors to climb the rocks! But no souvenirs picking please!