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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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  • This temple on the border with Thailand is the second world heritage that Cambodian has, and no wonder, since the place in which it was built is impressive and should not fail to see it if you have the opportunity. Everyone going to Angkor Wat, but is and two others that are way worth it. The Prasat, bad is that there is no public transportation that gets there, normally from Siem Reap or Sra Em offer day tour to visit them, but they tend to cost about 100 - €150. We came in a mini van from Ban Lung, with direction to Siem Reap. But not stopped in Sra Em, that is the people most close to the Prasat, so and that us stopped in the city of Prasat Vihear. We are looking for a hotel for one night only because the next day we were still way to Siem Reap. They were 12 more or less and we had to look at and hire a private taxi to go to the Prasat. We had luck I think, because the same taxi driver who picked us up the bus and took us to the hotel kids asked if we were going to go see the Prasat, and then negotiate the price of €40 the trip. It is the only way to go there, or mini van, or bus or anything... Think that from where we were we to the Prasat had 1 h and 45 min of travel, only of ida. So there for who we were. Once we arrived, the taxite makes the tickets control. They can not increase, because they are very steep roads. We got tickets that cost $ 10 each uno(la loonley dice un donativo de 2 a 5$, pero eso nada de nada ya..) Then and got the ticket of transport, which is worth $ 5 the moto / per person or $ 25 pick up. We took as we were only two, two bikes. Come two Cambodians with a motorcycle each and we went with them. The road trip to the temple is about 7km more or less. When we arrived, they expected there until we left to visit the temple. By the way the temple closes at 16:30 h. In short, much mess and and pasta to see this temple, but is worthwhile, it's amazing where it is located and which create conflict between Thai and Cambodian. Indeed, relations are now calm, though still having police and military by the temple day and night. I hope to help already someone if you plan to see the Prasat Preah Vihear.
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  • Here in Cambodia is a totally original temple sial for architectural style is to be placed. Long disputed between Cambodia and Thailand, it seems now the dispute is over (or almost ...). The temple is still beautiful and its spectacular ruins run along four fences lined up until the main shrine, on a hill of the Dangkrek mountains. The place is quiet and full of charm (you retrieve what has been lost in the lowlands) and the sculptures that are discovered are stunning. At the end of the path the Cambodian plain view is really gorgeous. I forgot: is a UNESCO site:
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  • I arrived at Preah Vihear not knowing if I was actually going to visit the temple or not. I had read so much about not visiting this temple if you have a fear of heights. Our guide didn't understand w...  more »
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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