Prei Monti is a place to go if you are seeking a bit of an adventure and like a challenge.
Surrounded by untamed Cambodian jungle, this small temple is now a forgotten, sacred ruin that was believed to be built in the 9th century….but no one really knows for sure.
Prei Monti is one of the first monuments that emerged at the dawn of the Angkor Empire with a three brick towers that open to the east and shares a single platform. Dedicated to the Hindu god Indra, there are varying accounts to who actually built Prei Monti because its history has been lost through the ravages of time…and now just stand as lonely forgotten ruins.
However the fun is getting here and that is quite an adventure, which should only be attempted on motorbike or bicycle. Even then it is rough and challenging because of the numerous pot holes along the way – but hey, that is part of the fun!
In the wet season, there is plenty of large puddles on the unmade road as you weave through small villages, rice paddies, and untamed rain forest.
TIP: Even though it is not far from Siem Reap – you are still out in the wilds of Cambodia and a fair way from civilization, so be sure to carry everything you may need .
If you are cycling it is highly suggested that you take plenty of water, some salt crackers (to replace body salts) and a few bananas for potassium.
Be aware that because of the terrain it may take you a bit longer than you think and advise going to Prei Monti well before dark because it can be quite hazardous getting back out at night without light.
This is one of the only temples where I did not require a ticket.
PLEASE DO NOT GO TO THIS TEMPLE UNPREPARED AND IT MAY BE ADVISABLE TO TAKE A MAP & COMPASS:
If you like something a little less known – you may like to visit our article on The Standing Stones…there are so many things to do on your holiday in Siem Reap – we guarantee you will have a great time!