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1DAY ADVENTURE TRIP TO PREAH VIHEA, KOH KER, BENG MELEA

 

Starting early at 6.00AM from Siem Reap, the jouney takes 3hours to reach Preah Vihea Temple. After 1hour and half drive, we will break for breakfast in Anlong Veng downtown (Pol Pot area and Ta Mok's house). Then keep going on along Dangrek Mountain to the temple. It takes about 2 hours to visit the temple. After that, keep going to the temples of Koh Ker, and the journey takes 2more hours to get there, and 2 hours to visit. Then back to Beng Melea for the great and last. Then back to Siem Reap town, it takes 1 hour.

Beng Melea

- Beng Mealea is one of the Khmer jewelling temples in jungle and largely un - restored.
- Beng
Mealea temple, its name which means "lotus pond or one of the Khmer flowers name, Mealea" is a temple in the Angkor Wat style located 70 km Northeastern of the main group of temples at Angkor, on the ancient royal highway to Preah Khan Kompong Svay temple.
- Beng Mealea temple is largely un - restored, with trees and thick brush thriving amidst its tower
s and courtyards and many of its stones lying in great heaps. For years it was difficult to reach, but a road recently was completely built to the temple complex of Koh Ker temple group passes Beng Mealea.

 

- The history of the temple is unknown and it can be dated only by its architectural style, identical to Angkor Wat, so scholars assumed it was built during the reign of king Suryavarman II in 1113 – 1150, the early 12th century but some historians thought that maybe, built by Khmer King Jayavarman VI in 1080 – 1107 ?.
- Beng Mealea is smaller in size than Angkor Wat, the king's main monument, Beng Mealea, nonetheless ranks among the Khmer empire's larger temples: the gallery which forms the outer enclosure of the temple is 181 meters by 152 meters. It was the center of a town, surrounded by a moat 1025 meters by 875 meters large.
- The temple was built mostly of sandstone. Beng Mealea is only 7 km far from the angkorian sandstone quarries of Phnom Kulen mountain, the sandstone blocks used for Angkor Wat temple and others in Angkor national park, were transported along artificial water canals, and some by oxcarts, water buffalo carts and elephants and passed from here. Despite of lack of information from stone inscriptions, the quality of architecture and decorations has drawn the attention of some tourists to get there.

Phnom Kulen Mountain


- It is about 70 km from Siem Reap city.

- Holy Kulen mountain or Mahendrapura was one of the capital cities of King Jayavarman II, the founder of Angkor Empire in 802, the ruler with universal power. Left behind 54 temples on mountain top and a thousand Shiva Lingas along riverbed and waterfall. Kulen was taken its name after the local pronounced the Lychee fruit of natural mountain which grew in the whole areas. April is the season of Lychee fruit which will have a red color on the trees.  During Khmer Happy New Year starts 12th - 16th April every year at least 2 million Cambodian people to reach there.

 

Holy water on Kulen Mountain

 
 
1 - A thousand Shiva Lingas or Lingum on the riverbed on the sumit of Holy Mountain. Local people have been still believed that when the water run on Shiva Lingas, those water become holy and can clean their sin or bad luck.
2. A huge reclining Buddha statue and pagoda on the summit of this mountain. The oldest statue in Cambodia and was built in 16th-century by powerful King Ang Chan Racha I to make Angkor Empire period in glory again after abandoned in 1431.
KOH KER TEMPLE GROUP
The temples complex of Koh Ker is located in Preah Vihea province, about 130Km from Siem Reap towm Beyond Angkor Wat, a Khmer kingdom emerges from the jungle. The Khmer Empire`s monuments are revealing their secret hideways in the jungle as land mines are being cleared and roads are being built to get to them. Koh Ker, Chok Gargya or also called Lingapura in the inscriptions, was the capital city of King Jayavarman IV in 921 , revolted against the nephew and moved the city from Yasodhapura - Angkor to Koh Ker ( 921 to 944 AD?? ?) . In this short time; some very spectacular buildings and immense sculptures were constructed. Left to the jungle for nearly a thousand years and mostly un-restored; this great archaeological site has been rarely visited until very recently.

 

  This remote area has no towns and only a small village in cleared forest nearby. Koh Ker is relatively easy drive but involves an early start to get a good full days sightseeing Siem Reap, Angkor Wat and returning to Siem Reap city in the same day. The site is about 130 km Northeast of Siem Reap, Angkor Wat. The ancient Khmer city is in a distant jungle location with up to a hundred ruined temples including a huge stepped pyramid; the largest in the region. More ancient temples are being found in the jungle; so there is a true sense of discovery there. A trip to Koh Ker take about 2 hours from Siem Reap by dirt road, usually combained with a visit to Beng Melea. Entrance fee to Koh Ker is 10$/person.
SAMBO PREI KUK

Full Day Tour : from Siem Reap, Angkor Wat 

The temples of Sambo Prei Kuk is located in Kampong Thom province, about 35Km from prvincial town and about 160Km from Siem Reap town. This is very old and rarely visited. Another archaeological site, Beyond Angkor Wat, is the site of Sambor Prei Kuk.

The Pre-Angkorean period with a simple external plan. The principal material is brick, but sandstone is also used for certain structures. The ancient temple complex of Sambor Prei Kuk is located to the southeast of Angkor Empire. Sambor Prei Kuk Temple consists of 3 main groups of temples, all dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. The temple clusters includes more than 150 monuments built around the 7th century in the ancient capital of  Ishanapura in the inscription. And the country divided into 2 parts, upper and lower Chenla after the death of King Jayavarman I.

 
 

In 802 Jayavarman II (802-850) all unified, devoting himself as the sole sovereign and the court moved to Angkor.

The Sambor Prei Kuk Temple cluster is located in central Cambodia. The temple cluster is located in a forested area in which 3 groups of temples are spread within an area of 3 miles and contain, all together, over 100 listed monuments. Entrance fee to Sambo Prei Kuk is 5$/Person.


 

BANTEAY CHHMAR

 6 :  BANTEAY CHHMAR TEMPLE

 

Full Day Tour

It situates in the Banteay Meanchey province
- Banteay Chhmmar temple was the second city of King Jayavarman 7 to the South of Angkor Thom city. Banteay Chhmmar temple was constructed in early 13th century. It is the most interesting place to track in the history of Mahayana Buddhism. It has still remained in a thousand Buddha hand and other statues there.

 
  About 160 km  from Siem Reap  city.
PREAH KHAN KAMPONG SVAY

 

Preah Khan Kompong Svay

Full day Tour

These temples were built in the 12th Century when Preah Khan was the capital of the Angkor Empire.  The throne moved back to Angkor in 1181 after King Jayavarman VII defeated the invading Chams.It's about 170km from Siem Reap city to these temples.

The drive is very scenic, winding through farms and poor hamlets of Khmer, many of whom have never travelled outside of their small communities or to a city. Visitors must travel from Siem Reap by Car.

Entrance fees are USD$5 per person, and Transportation and Tour Guide is USD

PREAH VIHEAR TEMPLE
Preah Vihear temple ( 1002 – 1050 )
Beyond Angkor Wat, a Khmer kingdom emerges from the jungle and UNESCO had just listed as world heritage site in 2008. The Preah Vihear temple in Northern Angkor Wat was built in 11th Century at the edge of a cliff in the Dangrek mountain.
 

 

 
With Cambodia at peace, the government has launched a road-building campaign, bringing long-lost Khmer sites beyond Angkor within reach of travelers who dream of encounters with Cambodia's ancient wonders. The Khmer Empire, which ruled much of Southeast Asia from 800 to 1400, built monuments all over Cambodia. Preah Vihear temple is about 180 km  from Siem Reap city or Angkor Wat.  The world heritage site was just listed and recorded by UNESCO. Entrance fee to Preah Vihear is 5$/person.