About Koh Ker
Phumi Kaoh Kert, Cambodia
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To get here hire a car from Siem Reap.
Last edited on Nov 2, 09 10:51 PM.
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First To Review: Marie T.
Apr 26, 2009
Koh Ker, the rival capital to Angkor, was carved out of the jungle in the 10th century. It was left almost abandoned for a long time due to its remoteness and inaccessibility. This has now completely changed due to recent de-mining and the opening of a new toll road, which makes it easily accessible in a day trip from Siem Reap.
With your own transport it's easy to get around the site, but you won't be able to see all of it as a large portion of it is still inaccessible. Still there is plenty here to make it a thoroughly worthwhile trip, although don't expect to see as much detail left as in Angkor. Most of the big impressive statues are now in the National Museum in Phnom Penh.
This place has a really different feel to it and as a matter of fact the main temple of Prasat Thom looks more like a Mayan pyramid than an Angkorian temple. Unfortunately it is no longer possible to climb up to the top of it.
I found it a fascinating place to visit especially if you have seen all of the main Angkorian temples and are keen to see something slightly different.
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