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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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  • Preah Vihear became a World Heritage site in 1968 after Cambodia won a decision by the World Court against Thailand's ownership claims. It is on a mountain top in the Dangrek Mountain range and access...  more »
  • 這裡雖然車程遠但卻環境優美又觀光客少. 讓人想要久待. 不過在山上沒有遮蔽容易曬傷. 要記得戴帽子跟補充水分. 懸崖處非常的美. 覺得此行非常值得.  more »
  • Strongly do not recommend overnight in Sra Em: two visible, we didn't see guesthouse. The bus will download on round the country (which is all there) and if you go to the bridge (the road to exit the country) found after 300 meters on the right the Pisach Pich guesthouse ... $8 double room spacious and clean with warm water. No staff, as all over the country speak English well. do you have a hard time. Eat somehow managed to arrange if you adapt. To go to the temple you will have lots of offers from motorini...vi drivers will follow to the hotel ... we all day followed us ... very heavy ... but still always remain polite and smiling. Will offer $12 round trip from tempio....ma if you make them wait drop as low as $8. Entrance ticket 10 $ and scooter to get mandatory $5 round trip ($ 25 oppurr machine ... or walk for two thousand steps). Beautiful temple and beautiful scenery but overpriced. The biggest problem is to get out of the country ... There's a kind of mafia amongst them and they make sure not to take the bus by telling you that you can only go out by taxi or with them. There are two modes: from 7.00 in the morning you put on the roundabout and wait (bus pass. But times seem to be strangers), or we have hired a gentleman who for 23$ took us to the preah vihear Temple and then up to Srayong with his car. If you can take a minivan (only at 7.30 of them wear) costs $5 to get to siem riep.
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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