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Reviewed 25 March 2014

Uniquely different from other temples and genuinely breathtaking with fantastic view from the top (climb is steep but you don't have to be fitness freak to make it to the top). Not many come this way and good photos can be taken easily without competing with tens of other tourists. Bang Malea and Koh Ker can be easily done in one day without rush (we left Siem Reap just after 7am and were back at 3pm). Road is in a good condition and drive through local villages very interesting. Koh Ker pass is $10 (on top of $5 for Bang Malea).

Date of experience: March 2014
3  Thank Goran T
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

At a glance one might be forgiven if one thought this was in the Yucatan Peninsula. Of all the sights in Cambodia this one is unique, evoking with its shape not only its Mexican counterparts but also Egyptian pyramids as well.

We came to Koh Ker after visiting Prasat Preah Vihear. It was a long drive on well-paved asphalt roads, through the vast green fields of Northern Cambodia. Then we came upon a forest, the tickets to Koh Ker paid, and we entered a road partly asphalt, partly earth, and when we finally stopped I was surprised to see two rows of hawker's stalls selling anything from coconuts to wind chimes and, of course, the inevitable Angkor-themed T-shirts. It seemed that the idea of an isolated temple in the jungle is no longer possible nowadays.

Beyond the commercial establishments lay largely ruined temples and gateways, and then, through a broken gate was the Prasat Thom, the seven-tiered pyramid of Jayavarman IV. Wow! It was almost as grand a first glance as my first sight of Angkor Wat itself three days ago. It send shivers up my spine to see, for the first time, the mysterious and ancient shape of a pyramid.

I clicked away with my camera. It was huge! I spied the ruined stone steps, and the rickety wooden stairs which was missing a lot of steps, which means that climbing up was not possible. Ouch. Nevertheless, I marveled at the unusual shape of this temple, although unlike Angkor one shouldn't expect devatas and bas-reliefs galore. And, above all, the place was quiet - no busloads of noisy tourists, no chatter, just me and the Cambodian family that went with me on my solo tour. It was peaceful as I walked around the massive structure.

After my Cambodian friends made a little shopping, we departed and followed the road through the forest and saw even more temples, all of them quite ruined. We visited one, Prasat Chrap, which was even more remote. We then followed the road out to visit Beng Mealea.

Date of experience: November 2013
1  Thank Ermin C
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Reviewed 24 February 2014

We visited Koh Ker in Feb. 2014 . Koh Ker is far from the city centre of Siem Reap and had heard that the road was not good, so we decided to go there in tour. The road condition was better than we had heard before eventhough it was partially unpaved.
We are very happy that we could visit . It is a very powerful site !
The pyramid has now wooden stairs and you can climb up to the top safely.
If you are visiting Phnom Penh, please remember to go to national museum to see Garuda found at Prasat Thom.

Date of experience: February 2014
2  Thank isidorasimone
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

Be kindly informed that now Koh Ker, the only one temple in Cambodia with 7 tiers, has already built up the steps which allow you to climb up to the top! It is great view!

Koh Ker group was built by King Jayavarman 4 started from 944 ad. It has a unique style you not miss it!

Not only one temple you can see, but many! Let's explore them....

Date of experience: January 2014
3  Thank BestAngkorGuide
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Reviewed 24 January 2014

Located 120km away from Siem Reap, Koh Ker (once the capital of the Khmer empire for a very short period) is remote and receives very few tourists. There was a small group leaving when we arrived, an Asian man and a European woman at Prasat Thom, the temple at the base of the 7-tiered pyramid. Koh Ker is a big site and we gladly, had the next couple of temples we visited all to ourselves.
Most of the temples here are in poor condition and not much information is available for these temples but there are a few which are still beautiful in their ruined state.
The pyramid is currently accessible only to a certain level. They have just started building new steps on the side and although one can climb up the completed steps, there are no railings yet.

Date of experience: December 2013
1  Thank theworldisakiwi
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