Siem Reap Day 4: Lost Temples of Prasat Pram, Banteay Srei, Beng Mealea & Koh Ker

Siem Reap Day 4: Lost Temples of Prasat Pram, Banteay Srei, Beng Mealea & Koh Ker

Our Perfect Gamer Holiday Guide day 4 takes us to the ruins of Prasat Pram, Beng Mealea, Prasat Thom in Koh Ker and astonishing Banteay Srei. You must pack your Uncharted Flashlight and your camera as this Tomb Raider experience includes exploration of some rather dark tunnels.

Perfect Gamer Holiday Day 4: Prasat Pram, Banteay Srei, Beng Mealea & Koh Ker

For the fourth day of this gamer destination holiday, we reserved the most intimate and touching spots. These temples are further away and often don’t make it into tourist itineraries, so prepare for a quiet experience. You should begin your day early, at six at the most. You’ll have a one or two hour ride to your destination

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The Cambodian countriside is flat and beautifully green, featuring all sorts of crops

Important! The whole of Koh Ker area was reopened to public around 2001, but landmines form the civil war are still undiscovered due to poor equipment, training and corruption. Do not stray from the paths – or risk your life for real. Tourists have found active landmines and locals lose limbs to them often.

Prasat Pram – Quiet and Intimate

One very unique and peaceful stop in your way to Koh Ker is Prasat Pram. The small temple is in rather good condition, featuring three sanctuary towers and two libraries. The construction date for the temple is unknown, and it was never completed – as demonstrated by the unfinished Lintels.

It is, regardless, a beautiful location and you are likely to be the only one there, ready to explore to your Uncharted heart’s content.

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This made me feel I truly was in a videogame!

For an extra feeling, check out this video where you can hear the jungle chirping away as we look around.

Prasat Thom Koh Ker – A gorgeous Pyramid

King Jayavarman IV moved the Khmer capital to his native Koh Ker, building over 40 temples during this two decades in power. All the temples built in the area are beautiful, but were abandoned by locals and overtaken by nature when the capital inevitably moved back south.

Beng Mealea – A ruined Angkor Wat

Hidden far into the forest, this magnificent temple is now mostly collapsed. With a layout similar to that of Angkor Wat, visiting Beng Mealea grants a feeling of discovery and exploration that is not easily understood from restored temples. International efforts to reconstruct Beng Mealea are in progress, but the large site is still being inventoried.

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A panorama of the collapsed halls and walkways

Banteay Srei – Amazing Carvings

Located 34 kilometers from Siem Reap, Banteay Srei is likely going to be the crowning jewel of your trip. Constructed in the 10th century, the temple was painstakingly decorated with Gold leaf.

During this outing, we had a wonderful Bento Box made by Amansaran. And once back at the resort, we had a wonderful evening thanks to a beautiful traditional performance by the in-training troupe of a Royal dancer. You can read about it in our Aman Amansaran Review.

You can also go to our other articles for this series:

If you like this content, you may also be interested in our Tolkien Tour of Oxford, our visit to Sapporo Brewery, or our pre-Gamescom Switzerland visit

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One comment on “Siem Reap Day 4: Lost Temples of Prasat Pram, Banteay Srei, Beng Mealea & Koh Ker”

  1. Avatar mothereternity says:

    I honestly would have to be dragged away…I wouldn’t want to leave or stop exploring.


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