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
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.
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.
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:
- Introduction to Cambodia
- Tour Guide to Siem Reap: Day 1
Uncharted East of Angkor & Khemer Dance
- Tour Guide to Siem Reap: Day 2
The Faces of Bayon and Angkor Thom, The Great City
- Tour Guide to Siem Reap: Day 3
Angkor Wat at Sunrise, Ta Prohm Tomb Raider, and Traditional Khmer Breakfast
- Tour Guide to Siem Reap: Day 4
Lost Temples of Banteay Srei, Beng Mealea & Koh Ker
- Tour Guide to Siem Reap: Day 5
Conservation d’ Angkor, Tonle Sap Sunset Cruise
- Tour Guide to Siem Reap: Day 6
Museum, Shopping, Bargaining and a Spiritual Water Blessing