I recently went to Cambodia for probably the 7th time in three years. On these occasions, I usually travel there for work and do not always have the chance to visit the country. This time around a friend – fond of birding – organized a trip to the ruins of Koh Ker, a mere 3 hours drive from the national landmark Angkor Wat.
A great opportunity to try out our new cameras 😛
Koh Ker, on the Wikipedia Encyclopedia:
Koh Ker is an Angkorian site in northern Cambodia. 100 km northeast of Angkor itself, it was briefly the capital of the Khmer empire between 928 and 944 under king Jayavarman IV and his son Hasavarman II[…]. Here a vast number of temples were built under his reign, until his successor returned to the Angkor area about twenty years later.
The Koh Ker site is dominated by Prasat Thom, a 30 meter tall temple mountain raising high above the plain and the surrounding forest. Great views await the visitor at the end of an adventurous climb. Garuda, carved into the stone blocks, still guard the very top, although they are partially covered now.
Across the site of Koh Ker there are many prasat or tower sanctuaries. […] Most of them are surrounded by libraries and enclosures, many also had moats. At that time, the roofs were still made of wood. Today, only the holes for the beams remain in the stone structures.
The site is still 3 hours away from Siem Reap[…]. This makes Koh Ker very attractive for anyone who would like to experience lonely temples partially overgrown by the forest and inhabited only by birds, calling to each other from the trees above.
Not quite inoffensive
From Siem Reap, the trip is half easy, half not. We left around 5am to avoid the heat once at destination. The last tier of the track is beaten earth and the recent floods did not help maintaining in a good shape.
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