4 days, 3 nights “Looking Back” Tours
- Start from Siem Reap
- Anlongveng (Polpot house)
- Preahvihear Temple
- Koh Ker
- Beng Mealea Temple
- Siem Reap
Day 1: Siem Reap-Anlong Veng
Travel from Siem Reap to AnlongVeng, located 130 kilometres north of Siem Reap and about 110 kilometres east of PreahVihear temple. Continue to the Dangrek Escarpment about 16 kilometres from the town of AnglongVeng.Visit the villa of Ta Mok, a high-ranking Khmer Rouge officer whose home was once used as a regional headquarters. Take in the stunning views of the surrounding countryside from one of the balconies.
From here, we visit Dangrek Mountain, where Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot lived until his death in April 1998. We visit Pol Pot’s cremation site and his former bunker. We can also visit the international border crossing between Cambodia and Thailand, a great place to find army relics and supplies. Tonight we will stay with a local family in their simple house, located on the mountain. They will recount stories of their experiences under the Khmer Rouge. Upgraded accommodation is possible at a newly-built luxury casino with a swimming pool.
Day 2: Anlong Veng-Sre Em-Preah Vihear
After breakfast, descend the mountain to the town of AnlongVeng and we continue on to PreahVihear Temple. We will cover about 90 kilometres, riding through small villages. The country roads are flat, bumpy in parts, and made of red, solid earth repaired annually.
Travel through a temple built between the ninth and twelfth century that juts off a mountain cliff. We stop here for lunch. After a tour of the temple, we stay overnight in SreEm, a small town undergoing rapid development. Our hotel is comfortable, with A/C, hot shower, WIFI, and great food.
Day 3: Preah Vihea-Koh Ker
Following breakfast, we depart to Koh Ker temple complex, the ancient tenth century capital of the Khmer Empire, over 110 kilometres away from SreEm through the rambling countryside. The tour begins at the palaces before we enter and stand in awe of Prasat Thom, the large pyramid temple. From here we enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding countryside. We travel onwards to Prasat 5 (5 Temple), Prasat Chen (Chinese Temple), PrasatKamou (Black Temple), the haunting Elephant temple and a host of other ancient temples before returning to our overnight accommodation.
We stay in the small village of Koh Ker, with a population of only 75 families. Our lodge is in the centre of this ancient village. Facilities are basic but comfortable and allow for a rare opportunity to sleep in this untouched village. A local village leader will join us for dinner and share stories of his life.
After dinner, enjoy the view of Koh Ker from the private balcony in your room.
Day 4: Koh Ker-Beng Mealea-Siem Reap
Following breakfast, tour the city of the Lingas. We also have the opportunity to visit the local village school. We travel onwards to BengMelea, located on ancient highway between PrasatBakan and Koh Ker. BengMelea temple is thought to be the prototype for Angkor Wat and is situated on the old Angkorian highway that connects to the great Preah Khan of Kampong Svay. It has over 11 galleries and is filled with hanging ferns and butterflies – just what you imagined you would find in Cambodia! Enjoy a late lunch at the stunning area of BanteaySerai, near the carved river bed of Kbal Spean. Option to stop by at a private military shooting range.
Expected return to Siem Reap at 4.30 pm.
Return: 5:00 pm
- $550.00 per person ( for 1 person travelling )
- $450.00 per person ( for 2 people travelling )
- Experienced guide
- Self-drive a 125 CC motorbike
- 3 Breakfasts
- 4 Lunches
- 3 Dinners
- All entrance fees including Koh Ker and BengMelea Temples
- All accommodation bottle waters