Preah Vihear Temple or Prasad Preah Vihear 


Preah Vihear Temple or Prasad Preah Vihear

Preah Vihear Temple was built in the reign of King Suryavarman I and Suryavarman II in the 11th – 12th centuries on top of Dangrek Mountain which is 525 meters high (1722 feet). It is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva and is an outstanding masterpiece in the most spectacular setting of all the Khmer Empire. From the top there are views for many kilometres across a beautiful plain. It is unusual in that it has a north/south axis instead of the usual east/west axis. The axis is an impressive 800 metres long. We can travel to Preah Vihear Temple by car or mini van in 3 hours from Siem Reap on paved roads almost the entire way. It is a beautiful drive from Siem Reap to Preah Vihear Temple (on the border with Thailand) as the local Cambodian people can be seen going about their daily lives and it is a very lush green in the wet season.

Preah Vihear Temple belongs to Cambodia as it was built by Cambodian Kings but when it became located on the border with Thailand, Thailand claimed it. Cambodia reclaimed it through the International Court of Justice in 1962 and it was listed with UNESCO in 2008. It takes more then 2 hours to explore this temple because it is huge with 5 levels from top to bottom. We can get to the top of this temple by two methods of transport, either pickup truck or motorbike. Pickup truck is 25USD per truck and motorbike is 5USD per person. A motorbike can take one or two people. The entrance fee for the temple is 10USD per person and you are required to show your passport when buying a ticket because we do not allow Thai people entry. This will be a day of spectacular ancient monuments and natural beauty.

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