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Angkor’s Magical Beng Mealea and Koh Ker

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Get away from the crowds at Angkor Wat on a full-day tour to two Khmer temples outside of Siem Reap. The Beng Mealea and Koh Ker temples are located in the Cambodian countryside within a short drive of Siem Reap. Pass small villages and pristine jungle en route for a close look at daily life in rural Cambodia. Includes a picnic lunch, guide, and round-trip transport from Siem Reap.
  • Full-day tour to Beng Mealea and Koh Ker temples from Siem Reap
  • Go off the beaten track to see Khmer temples without the crowds
  • Learn about the Angkor kingdom while viewing temple ruins from the 10th and 11th centuries
  • Walk safely around the jungle-clad sites with your guide
  • Have a picnic lunch near the temples
  • Includes hotel pickup and drop-off from Siem Reap
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A full day tour with a professional English-speaking guide.
Transportation by car / mini-van / coach with professional driver
All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description
All applicable taxes and service charges
Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)
One day pass into the Angkor Archaeological site
Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees
Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
Single supplement charges for single travellers, where applicable
Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)
After morning pickup at your hotel in Siem Reap, travel through the countryside by air-conditioned van to reach Beng Mealea temple.
Built in the early 11th Century by Suryavarman II, Beng Mealea is a large temple with wide galleries that resemble those of Angkor Wat. The jungle once engulfed the temple buildings but has been cut back to allow for a good view of the elegant structures and sculptures.
Next, stop at Koh Ker Temple which dates back to AD 928. Explore the grounds of Prasat Thom, an imposing 7-tiered pyramid and temple complex that was home to Jayavarman IV, who ascended the throne in 928.
At both temple sites, your guide shares the history and architecture of the complex, along with details about the ancient Khmer kingdom. Walk around the large stone monuments and thick jungle, following your guide around each site to see the magnificent structures up close. 
During the drive, take in the scenery of remote villages and dense jungle. Your tour includes a picnic lunch, and round-trip transport from Siem Reap. 
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Beng Mealea
On this tour, we travel through the thriving countryside, past rice paddy fields and local villages to Beng Mealea temple. Beng Mealea - the “Lotus Pond” Temple from the early 11th Century - was built by Suryavarman II as a Hindu Temple. One of the few accessible temples, hidden in a maze of the jungle - if there is one temple to explore resplendent with jungle engulfing it, it is Beng Mealea. Clambering over large sandstone blocks to reach the inner sanctuary and eerie worship corridor is an exploration to remember. Architecturally, Beng Mealea is known for its innovative, in its time, construction of hallways, it was a large temple with wide galleries foreshadowing Angkor Wat. A picnic lunch will be arranged during the tour.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Koh Ker Temple
Continue with a visit of Koh Ker Temple which represents the remnants of the capital of the Khmer Empire from 928 AD – 944 AD, a very unique period in the Age of Angkor. The premier, dilapidated bastion of the complex is Prasat Thom, an imposing 7-tiered pyramid and temple complex. It was home to Jayavarman IV, the maternal uncle of the two previous kings and a great feudal landholder, who ascended the throne in 928. In only a few years, Jayavarman IV built many colossal sanctuaries dedicated to Shiva, ruling over large numbers of people and in considerable splendour for twenty years until succeeded by his son Harshavarman I. We head back to Siem Reap while we pass remote villages and the dense, untouched jungle behind us. We can assure you that you will look back to this day as an adventurous one.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Siem Reap. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside this area such as Tonle Sap, Koh Ker, Banteay Srei and Siem Reap International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • Part of this excursion includes walking over unpaved roads and paths. This may not suit guests with walking issues. Bear in mind that such paths may turn slippery / muddy after a rain shower. We suggest wearing good walking shoes, preferred closed shoes, when booking this tour.
  • To avoid any issues pertaining obtaining an arrival visa at the airport, please ensure that your passport contains at least two empty pages. Failure to do so may result in not gaining entrance into the Kingdom of Cambodia.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • Important note: From 1st January 2020 on wards, Visiting to Beng Mealea temple will require visitors to have a Angkor pass to enter. The ticket pass is included in this price.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Asian Trails LTD

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Angkor’s Magical Beng Mealea and Koh Ker?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Angkor’s Magical Beng Mealea and Koh Ker?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Angkor’s Magical Beng Mealea and Koh Ker?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Angkor’s Magical Beng Mealea and Koh Ker?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Angkor’s Magical Beng Mealea and Koh Ker.

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