We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Historical moment” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Preah Vihear Temple

Preah Vihear Temple
Improve this listing
Type: Ancient Ruins, Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
More attraction details
Attraction details
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Singapore, Singapore
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Historical moment”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

We visited many great and beautiful ruins in our last trip to Cambodia in 2012. Beside the great Angkor Wat, Preah Vihear Temple is another must see place. Great time walking among the ruins and took many photos with crazy poses among the fallen rocks. It is one experience that we will not forget. Thanks to our knowledgeable and funky guide, David, for his recommendations. I would recommend David to anyone who wishes an experience, knowledgeable and get flexible tour guide.


Visited November 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes 4
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

155 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Top Contributor
121 reviews 121 reviews
63 attraction reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
“Great experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

This was the highlight of our long day trip to Banteay Srei, Kbal Spean, and Preah Vihear. It's about 250km from SR and it's best visited on a private tour that will keep you away from many hassles.
Once you reach the control area, few km before the temple, you get your ticket that includes a motorbike tour uphill with a Cambodian happy driver, who will agree with you the time of return.
Then you start your visit and usually someone will come and ask you to be your guide, they don't speak English but with some gestures and a very little bit of English you can have a nice time.
It is situated near the Thai-Cambodian border and object of debate about which country owns it.
Thai and Cambodian used to exchange gunfires till few years ago, but now they seem to coexist in peace.
The place is on top of a steep hill and the views are absolutely stunning. You can see Thailand and Laos in the distance. It's about 800 metres long and from the main entrance with big nagas you pass through many gopuras that make a very interesting walk. Nice carvings are widespread in the whole site, which is reasonably well preserved.
Since it's so far away from SR it sees very few tourists and this is GREAT, you have plenty of space and chances of taking great shots with nobody around !
We loved it much.

Visited January 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Adelaide, Australia
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“foggy and wet...but we had it to ourselves!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Disappointed that the long drive from SR didnt result in clear skies to take in the views of surrounding countryside & border region once we finally got to the top. However the fog and mist did create an eerie yet serene setting. the fully intact high arched galleries in the final temple were beautiful & a nice spot to sit and ponder the fighting and conflict that the temple and region are renowned for. the bullet holes and damage are testimony to the ongoing conflict over ownership of this sacred place. might return one day to see it in all its glory but happy with the memories we take with us.

Visited October 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
21 attraction reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Of all the temple sites I've visited in Cambodia, this one did not deliver for me.

Yes, it is truly a spectacular setting. Yes, I understand the recent political history. Yet the upkeep and overall visitor experience was stunningly disappointing.

From the moment you arrive at the 'Visitor Center', it is a constant barrage of 'suggested donations,' and difficult communications. On the whole, I spent more time (and money) 'thanking' soldiers and various people around the site, than I did learning much about Preah Vihear.

I understand the political and historical significance of Preah Vihear. I just think someone in Cambodia should take a serious assessment of the care and management of the site.

Perhaps for reasons of national pride, it seems the military presence is a bit overstated and keeps authorities from addressing how to make this a successful tourism destination.

On the plus side, the trip from Siem Reap is a long one, 3+hours, but we broke it up by staying overnight at a fantastic hotel - Preah Vihear Boutique.

Visited October 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Wonderful Preah Vihear temple”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

This huge temple stretch 500 meters along Dang Rek mountain at thai border in Preah Vihear province about 250 km away from Siem Reap town!
It was a worth wide to visit! It was an 11th century temple,Hindu temple honored to Lord Vishnu!!we have been there with a few friends!!
It was fantastic views on the mountain top!!
It has been registered by UNESCO since 2007!
It you have more time in Siem reap! Please don miss This temple !!
I got the guide David! He was brilliant !!
Highly recommend to see this temple!

Visited July 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Preah Vihear Temple also viewed

Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia
Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province
Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province

Been to Preah Vihear Temple? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Preah Vihear Temple, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.