Exploring the most attractive temples outside the Angkor area such as Beng Mealea and Koh Ker. There are many other temples to visit depending on the length of your stay. It's amazing tour!
One of the largest Angkor temples Beng Mealea was built under King Suryavarman II, the founder of Angkor Wat. Beng Mealea Temple is 70km from Siem Reap at the foot of Kulen Mountain. Built in the 12th Century, many scholars believe it was the model for Angkor Wat.It is just as wonderful of a temple but it is still largely lost in the jungle. The accomodations made for tourists at Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom have not been made here, and visitors enjoy a much quieter and adventourous experience. It's around 75 km away from Siem Reap city and the way from Siem Reap you will see the typical houses on both sites of the raod. It was built as a Hindu temple, but there are some carvings depicting Buddhist motifs. Its primary material is sandstone and it is largely unrestored, with trees and thick brush thriving amidst its towers and courtyards and many of its stones lying in great heaps.
Banteay Srei constructed; Late 10 century C.E,King/Patron,Religion;Hindu(Shiva)Style;Banteay Srei Banteay Srei loosely translates to 'citadel of the woman;but this is a modern appellation that probably refers to the delicate beauty of the carvings Built at a time when the Khmer Empire was gaining significant power and territory the temple was constructed by a Brahmin counselor under a powerful king,Rajendravarman and later under jayavarman V.Banteay Srei displays some of the finest of classical Khmer art The walls are densely covered with some of most beautiful deep and intricate carvings of any Angkorian temple the temple's relatively small size pink sandstone contruction and ornate desige give it a fairyiand ambiance the colors are best before 10;30 Am and after 2;00 pm but there are fewer tourists in the afternon This temple was discovered by French archaeologists relitively late,in 1914, The temple area closes at 5;00pm Banteay Srei lies 38;km from Siem Reap requiring extra travel time Drivers usually charge a fee in addition to their normal daily charge for the trip Banteay srei in well worth the extra effort, Combine a visit to Banteay Srei with Banteay Samre.
The third ancient capital of Khmer Empire was built by King Jayavarman IV in the 10th century. It is located 80km from Kulen Mountain and around 150km away from Siem Reap city. Under the reign of the kings Jayavarman IV and Harshavarman II Koh Ker was briefly the capital of the whole empire (928–944 AD). Jayavarman IV forced an ambitious building program. An enormous water-tank and about forty temples were constructed under his rule. The most significant temple‑complex, a double sanctuary (Prasat Thom/Prang), follows a linear plan and not a concentric one like most of the temples of the Khmer kings. Unparalleled is the seven‑tiered and 36-metre (118 ft) high pyramid, which most probably served as state temple of Jayavarman IV. Really impressive too are the shrines with the two‑meter 6 ft 7 in high lingas. The trip to Koh Ker is beautiful, passing buccolic farms, rice paddies, a rubber farm, and many quiet villages.
Preah Vihear temple is an ancient Hindu temple built during the period of the Khmer Empire, that is situated atop a 525-metre (1,722 ft) cliff in the Dângrêk Mountains, in the Preah Vihear province, Cambodia. In 1962, following a lengthy dispute between Thailand and Cambodia over ownership, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague ruled that the temple is in Cambodia. Affording a view for many kilometers across a plain, Prasat Preah Vihear has the most spectacular setting of all the temples built during the six-centuries-long Khmer Empire. As a key edifice of the empire's spiritual life, it was supported and modified by successive kings and so bears elements of several architectural styles. Preah Vihear is unusual among Khmer temples in being constructed along a long north-south axis, rather than having the conventional rectangular plan with orientation toward the east. The temple gives its name to Cambodia's Preah Vihear province, in which it is now located, as well as the Khao Phra Wihan National Park which borders it in Thailand's Sisaket province and through which the temple is most easily accessible. On July 7, 2008, Preah Vihear was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The massive temple of Banteay Chhmar, along with its satellite shrines and reservoir (baray), comprises one of the most important and least understood archaeological complexes from Cambodia's Angkor period. Like Angkor Thom, the temple of Banteay Chhmar was accomplished during the reign of Jayavarman VII in the late 12th or early 13th century. One of the temple's shrines once held an image of Srindrakumararajaputra (the crown prince), a son of Jayavarman VII who died before him. The temple doors record Yasovarman I's failed invasion of Champa. The long Old Khmer inscription found at the site (K.227), and now on display in the National Museum, Phnom Penh, relates how Prince Srindrakumara was protected on two different occasions by four companions in arms, once against Rahu, and once on a military campaign against Champa. Their four statues, with one of the prince, was placed in the central chapel. Another bas-relief states Yasovarman II was attacked by Rahu, but "saved by a young prince.