Things to do in Preah Vihear Province
Koh Ker Temple
4.5
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Koh Ker, three hours from Siem Reap, served as the capital of the Khmer empire from 928 to 944, and was built under King Jayavarman IV under whose reign colossal sculptures and lingas were constructed, leading to charges of megalomania. Some of the lingas remain, though the sculptures have been removed to the museum in Phnom Penh. The site, which has only recently been demined, is dominated by Prasat Thom, a 30 meter high pyramid temple. In view of the distance, there are far fewer crowds here, making a visit an easier and more pastoral experience.
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  • Ference BT
    New York City, New York4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing hidden temple
    I's been visit this temple for one day tour to Preh Vihea temple. The temple was gorgeous quiet,and less tourist that know it. I am really surprised that the Fabolous once hidden. It was a bit short time after Preh Vihea temple but I will reschedule once again next time just for this temple group.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 September 2023
  • midway42
    Georgia3,116 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A visit to Cambodia’s most recent UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    Located about 80 miles from Siem Reap, recent improvements in infrastructure have made this a day trip from the town. The area served as the singular capital of the Khmer Empire from 928 to 944CE under Kings Jayavarman IV and Harshavarman II and is vast by non-motorized standards; 42 structures dot a landscape of over 30 square kilometers. In just a few decades the area has gone from being one of the most heavily land mined in Cambodia to a being inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list exactly a week before I posted this review. If a trip to Beng Mealea (see separate review) reminded me of Indiana Jones scaling unsteady temple ruins with a whip in his hand, a trip here was the rough equivalent of Indy running through the jungle while dodging poisonous blow-darts from painted indigenous tribes (not really, but you get the idea.) I visited here on a day trip from Siem Reap after seeing Prasat Preah Vihear (see separate review) at the Cambodian border. My visit consisted of seeing maybe a half dozen structures, starting with Prasat Pram. These towers were entirely engulfed by strangler figs, making Ta Prohm seem well manicured. A climb up the seven stories of Prasat Thom followed, with sweeping views over the local countryside and slight trepidation about the descent down the skinny wooden stairs. A visit to a few smaller temples followed, with my guide explaining the various ongoing restoration processes. Total time onsite was maybe 90 minutes. This was an above average visit for two main reasons: a complete lack of crowds and insight into archeological refurbishment. The former was perhaps less pronounced having just visited Preah Vihear, but welcome nonetheless. I literally had the entire seven-story temple to myself for the entire time which was an enjoyable respite from the moderate hustle and bustle of the Angkorian temples closer to Siem Reap. The latter was more due to my guide than any formal didactics, but I did get to see the amount of time and effort that goes into making a site “UNESCO worthy” which was impressive. The downside is somewhat obvious: access. It’s a bit off the beaten path but can be done for “only” a few hundred dollars with an independent guide via Tours By Locals. Recommended.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 September 2023
  • HMKaren
    Los Angeles, California895 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beatiful, climb the temple for amazing views!
    Koh Ker has a few beautiful spots to see, but you also get to clime a pretty tall temple. There is a wooden staircase built at one corner of the temple, so it may look imposing, but it wasn't bad at all. But go early before it gets too hot and humid. The view was fantastic! This temple is not included with the Angkor Ticket, it cost us $10 each. Koh Ker is 2 1/2 hours (110 km) northeast of Siem Reap---a bit of a drive, but we paired it with Beng Mealea (which was SPECTACULAR) to make the time more worth it. You can buy the Koh Ker ticket at Beng Melea. Really glad we went, we had a great day.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 February 2024
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Yav Y
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Business
It is a wonderful place, it is quite and beautiful temple, great to see this place. Please come over if you have been in Cambodia
Written 24 February 2024
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HMKaren
Los Angeles, CA895 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Koh Ker has a few beautiful spots to see, but you also get to clime a pretty tall temple. There is a wooden staircase built at one corner of the temple, so it may look imposing, but it wasn't bad at all. But go early before it gets too hot and humid. The view was fantastic!

This temple is not included with the Angkor Ticket, it cost us $10 each. Koh Ker is 2 1/2 hours (110 km) northeast of Siem Reap---a bit of a drive, but we paired it with Beng Mealea (which was SPECTACULAR) to make the time more worth it. You can buy the Koh Ker ticket at Beng Melea. Really glad we went, we had a great day.
Written 11 February 2024
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midway42
Georgia3,116 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Located about 80 miles from Siem Reap, recent improvements in infrastructure have made this a day trip from the town. The area served as the singular capital of the Khmer Empire from 928 to 944CE under Kings Jayavarman IV and Harshavarman II and is vast by non-motorized standards; 42 structures dot a landscape of over 30 square kilometers. In just a few decades the area has gone from being one of the most heavily land mined in Cambodia to a being inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list exactly a week before I posted this review. If a trip to Beng Mealea (see separate review) reminded me of Indiana Jones scaling unsteady temple ruins with a whip in his hand, a trip here was the rough equivalent of Indy running through the jungle while dodging poisonous blow-darts from painted indigenous tribes (not really, but you get the idea.)

I visited here on a day trip from Siem Reap after seeing Prasat Preah Vihear (see separate review) at the Cambodian border. My visit consisted of seeing maybe a half dozen structures, starting with Prasat Pram. These towers were entirely engulfed by strangler figs, making Ta Prohm seem well manicured. A climb up the seven stories of Prasat Thom followed, with sweeping views over the local countryside and slight trepidation about the descent down the skinny wooden stairs. A visit to a few smaller temples followed, with my guide explaining the various ongoing restoration processes. Total time onsite was maybe 90 minutes.

This was an above average visit for two main reasons: a complete lack of crowds and insight into archeological refurbishment. The former was perhaps less pronounced having just visited Preah Vihear, but welcome nonetheless. I literally had the entire seven-story temple to myself for the entire time which was an enjoyable respite from the moderate hustle and bustle of the Angkorian temples closer to Siem Reap. The latter was more due to my guide than any formal didactics, but I did get to see the amount of time and effort that goes into making a site “UNESCO worthy” which was impressive. The downside is somewhat obvious: access. It’s a bit off the beaten path but can be done for “only” a few hundred dollars with an independent guide via Tours By Locals.

Recommended.
Written 24 September 2023
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Ference BT
New York City, NY4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
I's been visit this temple for one day tour to Preh Vihea temple. The temple was gorgeous quiet,and less tourist that know it. I am really surprised that the Fabolous once hidden. It was a bit short time after Preh Vihea temple but I will reschedule once again next time just for this temple group.
Written 19 September 2023
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angkor wat taxi driver
Phnom Penh, Cambodia547 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Today I have been koh ker temple group i feel lovely & Great time with my family , I want to recommend the tourist spending one day visit all these temple because they are very beautiful & some temple still has got good condition , Oh siem reap to ko ker temple spend 2h,30minute for one way by car taxi ..
Written 27 February 2023
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Xhara71
Rochester, UK454 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Solo
Koh Ker is a couple of hours drive from Siem Reap so is it worth it? Probably not unless you are heading that way (I was travelling to Strung Treng) or you are very much into your history.
It’s similar to Bakong temple inasmuch as it’s a pyramid shape although it is much taller. It’s 169 steps to the top, (the wooden steps are at the back) and so it offers good views of the surrounding countryside. Also because of the distance from SR it only gets a few visitors. I gave it a 4 because once you’re there it is very good. Probably best to do along with Kulen mountain
Written 1 February 2023
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U Trip 2Cambodia
Siem Reap, Cambodia70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
koh ker Temple is my favorite temple that 's long drive from Siem Reap City. when you get into the top of temple then......you will see beautifull view up there , so high recommend.
Written 16 October 2022
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kamaaina96822
Honolulu, HI836 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
My Cambodian friend who is also an experienced guide arranged a visit to Koh Ker. The temple is the only tiered type in Cambodia, resembling more the structures one would find in Central America.

There's also one of the largest linga sculptures I've ever seen. Definitely unique and with panoramic view of the country side. Also virtually empty unlike Angkor Wat.
Written 23 August 2022
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Geesana
Bangkok, Thailand4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Solo
Koh Kor is 7 level temple with only one steep stair. Up and down!! We can climb the temple with wooden stair lead us to go up and met the local group. Amazing temple!!
Written 16 July 2022
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PhkaChanHotel
Siem Reap Province, Cambodia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
The best place to visit with greenery surrounding the temple. There are restaurant near by the temple and parking areas.
Written 11 July 2022
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