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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  • August 17, 2017
    I took a van with some friends to this beautiful, recently contested over, Wat on the boarder with Thailand it is now a peaceful and tranquil travel destination. The temple itself is a long narrow com...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    The jewel in this province's crown along the Thai border is undoubtedly the world heritage listed, 11th century Preah Vihear Temple. A Hindu-dedicated temple, it faces out over a mountain bluff to fab...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Or about 3 hours by car from Siem Reap, went up near the border with Thailand. Far is great. You could see fewer tourists than other monuments, so slowly. (We went in December and very nice) is sitting on the edge of a cliff, or jump very photogenic spot.
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  • April 14, 2017
    Great place. If you want to go to a site that isn't overrun with tourist year round, definitely go here. My wife and I were there with five others when we went. It was nice to see a temple in its own element without a bunch of stereotypical tourist everywhere dropping trash and being loud. Its comes all the way to the edge of a cliff where you have a beautiful view.
  • June 5, 2017
    This place is definitely over hyped and not worth the money you're going to spend getting here, for the tickets and the 4*4 to go up the mountain. This is a big temple complex located on top of a hill near Thai border. Almost all carvings are absent, so are statues. The sizes of the temple is comparable to maybe Ta Promh. The views from near three temple are quite astounding but you don't need to spend so much to just see that.
  • March 20, 2017
    Been there at 2001 and was invited to stay at the forest Park ranger house. Preah Vihear has the most spectacular setting of all the temples built during the six-centuries-long Khmer Empire. The view from Dangrek Mountain will take you breath away. Although Preah Vihear temple sits on Cambodia, the easy way to access is via Thailand. This is by far the most beautiful and historic value one can experience.
  • May 6, 2017
    If you drive a normal sedan, leave it at parking lot and take the 4 wheel trucks up to the temple. The climb is steep, accessible by 4 wheelers and motorcycles. Expect long walks, make sure you cover all the temple clusters, the final prize is the cliff where the countryside can be viewed. A recent war was fought over the temple with Thailand, heavy guns caused some of the structures to collapse and we can see reinforcements put in place to prevent them from collapsing further.
  • June 16, 2017
    Over hyped. No sculptures or reliefs or super structures. You have to spent a whole day plus considerable expenses to see this. Better to see Bantey Chamber or Mealia by that effort.

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Where to stay in Preah Vihear Province

Accommodations, by and large, remain pretty basic across Preah Vihear Province, with the remote and sprawling province not yet decked out with the infrastructure that will let tourism develop. Close to the main temples and ruins, you'll find small villages with a collection of guesthouses set in wooden shacks, with limited facilities, but run by welcoming locals. Many visitors opt to stay in Siem Reap, with the large city located about three hours away to the west of the main temples.
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