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Preah Vihear Temple, Preah Vihear Province

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Perched on the edge of a massive cliff nearly 525 m (1,722 ft) above sea level, Preah Vihear Temple represents a significant place of pilgrimage dating back to the period of the Khmer Empire. The hermitage was founded in the 9th century, but the oldest preserved parts of the temple--listed as a World Heritage Site--date back to the 10th and 11th centuries. The four levels and four courtyards connected by pavements, esplanades, and staircases, feature entrance pavilions, towers, large stone statues, and skillfully carved stone ornamentation. Seven-headed snakes gloom from the heads of staircases and stone lions guard the doorways. Walk down a 2,242-step wooden staircase, which pilgrims used for centuries to climb up from Cambodia's northern plains. Plan to visit Preah Vihear Temple and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Preah Vihear Province attractions using our Preah Vihear Province vacation planner.
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  • Without doubt one of the most beautiful temples of Cambodia. From the parking lot of the ticket (admission $ 10) it is possible to reach the temple in motodop or by renting a 4 x 4 pickup ($25) by a very steep, impressive road to the descent! Much better preserved that some temples of Angkor-except the V Gopura at the start of the visit, the place is beautiful and the views breathtaking! The day of our visit, at least a dozen other tourists, stayed there about 2 h 30 in a delicious calm. By car from the city of Preha Vihear count 1 h 30 A must see!
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  • This was a long trip for us, a three hour drive from Siem Reap just to get to the area at the foot of the site which is right on the border with Thailand and then a ride in the back of a 4x4 to get to...  more »
  • From Siem Reap is visited in the tour. It is a great place to put nearly four hours each way on the road is not good way tired lower back started to hurt, but still worth. Boarded the carrier was chartered at the ticket office at the foot of the mountain. As the tour bus is the inclination of the slope on the way, so would be impossible. See from the end of the parking lot on the border with Thailand, just before this or feel that disputes between the two countries. Not photogenic, and featuring the pipe like temporary scaffolding is being repaired, unfortunately is the No. 1 tower gate is depicted in R2000. Moving up to the top of panorama a gradual uphill. Note falling fences or can a better picture to take good pictures, and shoot.
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  • Fresh virgin air, green fields and trees, wonderful panoramic view from the top of mountain cliff to the Cambodian territory plain. And of course ancient temple. The temple is not big as in Siem Reap area, but fresh chilly air and the environment view makes this place just lovely. However... Khmer people could maintain this place more...where UNESCO grant money is going to? And please don't forget to but tickets (10usd per foreigner) down in the Preah Vihear city, which is about 100 km far from the temple area, otherwise you will have to pay kung of bribe to the guards to go inside territory. For Khmer nationals entrance is admission free.
  • Mountain top temple sit next to border line between Cambodia and Thailand and it has also been subject to dispute between the two kingdoms. The view of the plain of Cambodia from the mountain is stunning and many stories to be told. To access it you need to be in Cambodia side as most of the time the border is closed and cannot be accessed from Thailand side.
  • Worth the arduous journey. I tried to reach Preah Vihear from Kantharalak, Thailand, but that border had been closed due to border disputes, and no consistent public transport really existed that I knew of. I ended up hiring a driver from the guesthouse I booked into. The driver mentioned that it would be a lot easier if I just went to Phu Singh and looked through a telescope to see Preah Vihear from Thailand. He implied that it was quite difficult to get to Preah Vihear. In my mind, I was going, no matter what, even if I had to ride a horse across the mountains. We left Kantharalak at 5:30 a.m. and arrived at Choam immigration checkpoint about 2 hours later. The roads were mostly paved, save for a few massive potholes. Choam border crossing is the home of a casino, and Preah Vihear was about 250 km away. The only way to get there was to hire a private car and driver at the cost of roughly $100. One of the Cambodian immigration officers arranged all of this for me, and a few hours later, after several stops at military checkpoints, we arrived at the base of the Dangrek Mountains around 10:30 am. I don't think my driver had been to Preah Vihear prior, because he stopped for directions on several occasions. When we finally arrived, a non-descript ticket booth offered entrance tickets to the temple on a donation basis, as well as a motorbike with driver to take me up the mountain to the temple for $5/roundtrip. The driver was obviously extremely skilled because the 525 meters on a severe uphill slope to Preah Vihear Temple was quite treacherous. The path towards the temple was stone, and eroded in many places by streams of natural spring water. It was quite slippery and my flip flops didn't really have any tread left. I saw three flags on my left, the UNESCO flag, the United Nations Flag, and the Cambodian flag, and directly behind them were my long awaited ruins. The temple was built on a north to south axis, unlike most Angkor structures that were build in a rectangle. Much of the temple had suffered damage from AK practice and crossfire, but still appeared majestic to me, all 800 meters of it. The view from the top of the temple is breathtaking, you can see the Thai side of the mountains, and if you're lucky, a Khmer soldier will lend you his telescope. I was able to look through the telescope and see a red gazebo filled with tourists and a few Thai soldiers, on the Thai side. There were no tourists from where I was standing on Cambodian soil. If you're in Southeast Asia and are able to make the journey, this temple is a must-do.
  • Very beautiful complex of temples on the very top of the mountain. Unesco heritage of Cambodia! The road to the tip of mountain by authorized 4×4 cars only. Some stiff portions of the road with the valley view! What a unique experience to visit here!
  • 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