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Bringing you to the heart of Cambodia

 Koh Ker and Beng Melea Temple 4WD Adventure Tour

 

Duration:

2 days , 1 night,

Challenge & tour Summary

A taste of a glorious past in these two magnificent Angkorian complexes and a fantastic opportunity to visit remote villages and stunning countryside. Travel on unpaved road in good   condition to tenth century Koh Ker, ancient capital of the Khmer Empire & Beng Melea and or its satellite temples. For those   of you that are short on time, this tour offers easy road, comfortable travel, low exertion  &   two excellent destinations. 

 

Transported by:

Travel by 4WD  Lexus car, 15 seater minibus, or  25 seater bus with all  regular trusted  & experienced  drivers...

KMs covered: 240 kms. 

 

 Day 1 : A 7.30am transfer from your hotel to HC base camp for  a tour brief.   Guests travel through  the countryside, small villages, local wats and 15 kms past  Beng Meleatemple  to Svay Leu, located the shadow of Kulen mountain on the west .   

Stops include the location where stone for Beng Meela was quarried,   the small agricultural based market  of Svay Leu  and the small monastery to  hear   the story of the  White Elephant &  to see the small  shrine built to honor him. A coffee stop if required!   This location  is littered with abandoned temples and ruins Beyond this is Hidden Cambodia. From here to Koh Ker  Village,    we  pass many  drilled  wells on the main road,  donated by past Hidden Cambodia guests. 

An hour later,  we  arrive at  the cross roads for the town of Seyiong but continue  7kms more ot the Koh Ker complex  with a  a total of 118 temples in total. We travel to   Koh Ker Village, located in its shadow and with a population of 75 families  to check in at Hidden Cambodia Jungle Lodge built in 2009.

We return to the main complex & guests start their tour of Koh Ker temple complex with the stunning outer palaces before entering and standing in front of Prasat Thom, the main pyramid temple. Guest can now climb the pyramid temple  on a new wooden stairs. We view one or more temples before retiring for a tasty lunch overlooking Koh Ker from the lodge balcony.

After a short rest away from the heat of the day, Guests travel to Phum Thmei, a remote village further on in the jungle where HC guests have built a numbe rpof wells . We may ask guests to assist with water filer distribution for all already donated items: See Hidden Cambodia Humanitarian projects.

A fantastic evening dinner is cooked by  out cook  who travels from HC base. Guest overnight in Koh Ker Village, in HC lodge,  located behind the temple in the ancient  village of Koh Ker or " Borann"

Day 2: Following a hearty breakfast, we explore either small neighboring villages or  remaining temples such a "Lingapura, the city of the lingas" and the "Elephant Temple"  .  Following lunch, guests travel  to  Beng Melea to view this 11th century but we now encourage  guests to visit  one its  quieter satellite temples or the very unique and special   Banteay Ampil Temple..

Beng Melea was used as the hunting lodge off Angkor Wat and also as a resting location for Kings traveling from the old pre-angkorian capital, the Great Preah Khan over 100km away  on an old Ankorian highway , Route 66.  Now very populated with many visitors  during the day , we suggest other options if guests with to keep away from  many  other visitors. 

Guests arrive back in good time, 5.30pm to 6pm,  

 

Food:

Hidden Cambodia Chef travels with the group to barbeque lunch in Koh KerJungle Lodge  and cook lunch and dinner . Large hampers &  a cold box travels with group with supplies for the two full days. 

 

Inclusive of:

 

 

Exclusive of:

This 2 day, 4WD adventure trip includes an experienced driver and 4WD air conditioned vehicle,   all transport costs and transfers, ticket entry and tour of Beng Melea and Koh Ker temples, Svay Leu, Koh Ker & Phum Thmei villages, 2 lunches, 1 dinner,  breakfast ,  one nights accommodation, water, snacks, road payments & levies, English speaking HC Guide, local guides where necessary, any local fees such as road charges and toils, local & tourist police. 

Alcoholic beverages, mixed or soft drinks, hotel incidentals such as phone calls or laundry & travel protection insurance.

Costs: US$ 400 for one person traveling, US$ 225 per person when two persons traveling, US $165 per person when 3 persons traveling, US$ 135 per person when four persons traveling. Groups of between 5 and 8 persons can travel by minibus costing from $110 to $130 per person and between 9 and 14 persons, from $95 to  $105 per person.

Tailor:

Guest can add in a school  visit and pre arrange with us to buy  simple donated items such as  stationery packs,  copy books,  medical  kits,  school bags, uniforms, water filters etc .

With a cook  guests can tailor the menu  in advance.

Guest can tailor this to their interests such as humanitarian projects carried out by past guests, farming,  life of local  people, local  recent history ,

We can cater for up to 30 visitors for overnight visits to Koh Ker village with alternatives for accommodation: between  our own property,  camping and options of other host homestays in Koh Ker Village .

    

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