3 Day Tour D5

3 Day Tour D5

Trip to Beng Mealea, Koh Ker, Preah Khan

Beng Mealea is a temple in the Angkor Wat style located 40 km east of the main group of temples at Angkor, Cambodia, on the ancient royal highway to Preah Khan Kompong Svay. It was built as hinduist temple, but there are some carvings depicting buddhist motifs. Its primary material is sandstone and it is largely unrestored, with trees and thick brush thriving amidst its towers and courtyards and many of its stones lying in great heaps. For years it was difficult to reach, but a road recently built to the temple complex of Koh Ker passes Beng Mealea and more visitors are coming to the site, as it is 77 km from Siem Reap by road.

Koh Ker is an Angkorian site in northern Cambodia. 100 km northeast of Angkor itself, it was briefly the capital of the Khmer empire between 928 and 944 under king Jayavarman IV and his son Hasavarman II.After the Khmer empire had been established in the Angkor area (Roluos), Jayavarman IV moved the capital in 928 almost 100km northeast to Koh Ker. Here a vast number of temples were built under his reign, until his successor returned to the Angkor area about twenty years later. The Koh Ker site is dominated by Prasat Thom, a 30 meter tall temple mountain raising high above the plain and the surrounding forest. Great views await the visitor at the end of an adventurous climb. Garuda, carved into the stone blocks, still guard the very top, although they are partially covered now. Across the site of Koh Ker there are many prasat or tower sanctuaries. A couple still feature an enormous linga on a yoni that provides space for several people. The outlet for the water that was sanctified by running it over the linga can be seen in the outside wall of one of them. In other cases, three prasat stand next to each other, dedicated to Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu. Most of them are surrounded by libraries and enclosures, many also had moats. At that time, the roofs were still made of wood. Today, only the holes for the beams remain in the stone structures.

Preah Khan, sometimes transliterated as Prah Khan, is a temple at Angkor, Cambodia, built in the 12th century for King Jayavarman VII. It is located northeast of Angkor Thom and just west of the Jayatataka baray, with which it was associated. It was the centre of a substantial organisation, with almost 100,000 officials and servants. The temple is flat in design, with a basic plan of successive rectangular galleries around a Buddhist sanctuary complicated by Hindu satellite temples and numerous later additions. Like the nearby Ta Prohm, Preah Khan has been left largely unrestored, with numerous trees and other vegetation growing among the ruins.

Trip description

We will pick you up from your Guesthouse/Hotel at 8:30am, gear up and start riding east. After a few minutes we´re already far away from tourists and traffic. We´re crossing small villages and rice field. Passing riverbeds and riding on small trails. At around 12pm we´re reaching Beng Mealea temple where we´re having lunch. After lunch we have enough time to explore the hidden jungle temple. In the early afternoon we ride further east direction Ta Seng Village. We will refill our bikes with gas stock up enough drinking water. For the next 50km we´re now on a single track without shops, gas stations or anything else. We´re crossing a few rivers, bamboo forests and old bridges. During the rainy season we have to find an alternative route, because some tracks are completely flooded. At around 4:30pm we arrive at Ta Seng Village where we´re staying overnight at the house of the Chef of the commune. It´s a very basic accommodation with a We have private bed rooms with fans and a shared bathroom with a kind of a dorm room with mattresses, mosquito nets – but no luxury at allJ. Cold drinks and basic food (noodles, rice, vegetables, etc..) are available. If you book in advanced we can organize a chicken or pork bbq for you. On the second day we´re having breakfast at around 7:30am and start riding at 8:30am. We´re riding around 5km to Preah Kan temple – it´s a very remote and hidden temple in the jungle. It´s nearly completely destroyed but it´s still a wonderful and magic place. No tourists guaranteed – but still a safe place. 2004 all landmines were removed and it´s nowadays a safe place to explore the temple site on your own. In the afternoon we´re heading north to a small village named Kuleaen where we´re staying overnight. On the third day we´re having breakfast at around 7:30am and start riding at 8:30am. We´re passing by a few temples which belong to the Koh Ker temple complex. We have enough time for short breaks to take pictures and exploration. We´re looping back on a different track to Beng Mealea temple where we´re having lunch. From there we´re going on different trails back to Siem Reap where we´ll arrive around 4:30pm.

Prices Person

Pax 1 2 3 4 5+
Price $ 540$ 460$ 460$ 460$ 440$

Including

Motorbike Honda XR 250cc + Guide + Entrance ticket for Beng Melea Temple & Preah Vihear + Motorbike gear + Gas + Minor repair + Fun

Not including

Insurance + Motorbike Boots + Major damage

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