4 Day Tour D7

4 Day Tour D7

Trip to Beng Mealea, Koh Ker, Preah Vihear & Anlong Veng

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 Vihear Temple or Prasat Preah Vihear or Temple of Preah Vihear  is a Hindu temple built during the reign of Khmer Empire, that is situated atop a 525-metre (1,722 ft) cliff in the Dângrêk Mountains, in the Preah Vihear province, Cambodia. In 1962, following a lengthy dispute between Thailand and Cambodia over ownership, a majority of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague awarded the temple to Cambodia.

Affording a view for many kilometers across a plain, Prasat Preah Vihear has the most spectacular setting of all the temples built during the six-centuries-long Khmer Empire. As a key edifice of the empire's spiritual life, it was supported and modified by successive kings and so bears elements of several architectural styles. Preah Vihear is unusual among Khmer temples in being constructed along a long north-south axis, rather than having the conventional rectangular plan with orientation toward the east. The temple gives its name to Cambodia's Preah Vihear province, in which it is now located, as well as the Khao Phra Wihan National Park which borders it in Thailand's Sisaket province and through which the temple is most easily accessible. On July 7, 2008, Preah Vihear was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Anlong Veng is a district and small town in the Oddar Meanchey province of North-western Cambodia.
There is a border crossing with Thailand's Si Saket Province 13 km north of Anlong Veng town, but its main claim to fame is its connection to the latter days of the Khmer Rouge revolutionaries. Pol Pot, Ta Mok, Son Sen and Khiev Samphan, the leaders of this genocidal organisation, all had homes here. The district also holds the graves of Pol Pot and Ta Mok, as well as the remnants of the structure where Pol Pot was convicted of 'crimes against the Cambodian people.' What might otherwise be an overly morbid itinerary is redeemed by the stunning mountain scenery.

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 Koh Ker. We have two options to go: 1st - a big paved road or 2nd - dirt roads and trails. At around 5pm we arrive at Sreaong Village; where we´re staying overnight at the house from the Chef of the commune. We have private bed rooms with fans and a shared bathroom with a shower. 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 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 crossing a couple of small villages and rice fields. After passing a challenging sandy trail we reach Chrom Srea where we´re having a basic lunch (noodle soup). We fill up our drinking water and another 30km of sandy trails are waiting for us. Finally we´re reaching Sra Em village, where we´re staying overnight in a hotel with air con and Wi-Fi. On the 3rd day after breakfast we´re riding along the bottom of Preah Vihear mountain crossing a checkpoint where we need to buy our entrance tickets for the temple( 10$/person, excluded the tour price) . Another 10 min ride up the mountain and we reach Preah Vihear temple next to the Thai border. We have 2 hours to explore this wide spread temple complex. Later on we´re riding around 125km along Dângrêk Mountains (old Khmer Rouge trail) to Anlong Veng, one of the last stronholds of the Khmer Rouge. We´re staying in a hotel with air con and wifi. The next morning after breakfast we´re riding up to the Thai border to visit Pol Pot´s crematory place, Da Mok house (General of the Khmer Rouge in the north Cambodia) and Pol Pot´s so called “bunker”. In the afternoon we´re heading back to Siem Reap, where we should arrive around 5pm.

Prices Person

Pax 1 2 3 4 5+
Price $ 720$ 620$ 620$ 620$ 600$

Including

Motorbike Honda XR 250cc + Guide + Accommodation + 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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