It’s sure that anyone who has come to Cambodia knows a place named Koh Ker. Koh ker is not only a place with many ancient temples but also unique buildings. Situated to the north of Siem Reap, Koh Ker was formerly a capital of the Khmer empire and consequently contains about one hundred of ancient temples and other buildings and most of them are hidden in the jungle. Little more than a village in the middle of the jungle, Koh Ker’s remoteness is part of its charm and those who venture this far will be rewarded with the area’s intense natural beauty. Among the buildings in Koh Ker, Prasat Thom is perhaps the best known and easily recognized by its towering pyramid shape and moat running around the base. At 40 meters high this is also the largest temple in the area and climbing to the top offers spectacular views across the jungle.
Many of these 10th century temples have been built from brick and mortar made from tree sap and have been very well preserved. Other temples of interest include Preah Vihear and Preah Kahn and a great way to explore is by taking a guided tour in an ox cart.
Koh Ker is close enough to Siem Reap to visit on a day trip, or you can stay overnight at the little village of Sra Yong, where you are sure to receive a warm welcome along with basic accommodation and traditional home cooking. It is also possible to camp in this area, and the picturesque jungle is a great place to wake up in the morning.