127km NE of Siem Reap, is the group of monuments and ruins called Koh Ker. It’s relative remoteness compared to other temples means that it receives far few visitors, it’s less “renovated” and overall feels more of an archeological site rather than a tourist attraction.
Nearing the end of my time in Cambodia, I was now used to my routine of getting up way before dawn. I hired a car and driver from the hotel, left at about 5AM and we were at the Prasat Thom pyramid not long after 7AM.
After Prasat Thom I explored the various other ruined monuments in the area. We drove to each one by car, and I explored the ruins on foot. The whole area was heavily mined which means that it would be inadvisable to ditch the guide / driver and wander off looking for more ruins. There are signs at all the ruins I visited stating they have been cleared of mines.
After my visit to the landmine museum I was well aware of the possible consequences if you did wander off.
Lovely early morning light.
One of my favorite images. Scripture carved into the stone, next to a doorway at Praasat Kra Chap temple.
One sad thing the guide did point out was that so many carvings from the temples had been destroyed or stolen. Statues would be missing heads or faces, while others sculptures lay where they fell.