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Preah Vihear Temple
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

We booked a trip over angkor-temple-guides com. San Park is a very friendly and funny guide who speaks English very well. The trip costs 135 USD incl. Beng Mealea and Koh Ker.
He picked us up at 6:30. On the way to PV temple we had breakfast in a local restaurant. About noon we visited PV temple. The view is absolutely fantastic and we were the only foreign tourists. On the way back we had lunch in another local restaurant. San ordered great food for us and we had time to chat with him about life in Cambodia. After that we visited Koh Ker (which was nice especially because we were the only tourists) and then Beng Mealea. This temple is still in the hands of the nature and even more beauftiful than the famous Tomb Raider temple (Ta Phrom) in Angkor. Beng Mealea is much more touristy than the other two temples but definitely worth a visit even if you do not go to PV or Koh Ker temple. Around 6 we arrived back in Siem Reap.
It is a long trip and day but we would definitely recommend these temples and especially San Park as a driver.
Thank you San for the great time!

Date of experience: April 2013
44  Thank capron
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

This temple is located between Cambodia and Thailand border. I must visit, if you would like to know more deeply about Khmer empire.

Stand on the top of the mountain, you will feel like you are in the heaven, especially early in the morning.

Date of experience: August 2012
1  Thank veasna
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

Tip: if you have problems contact tourism police. Office next to the ticket counter. The captain speaks English and is very polite.
Tickets are free.
There are only 2 ways to go up: motorcycle $5 or pickup $25. Both you hire in the site. The pickup takes 4 people and you can leave the bag there during the visit. Pickup good for deals.

The road is new and not very steep half of the way. The other half gets extremely steep.
In this road you pass by machine gun positions in what is now a makeshift military base. In fact the temple was taken over by the military. You can see them everywhere. Many live there.
The site is composed by 3 main structures linked by a stone walk. The views are impressive and you can see Thailand on the hill just in front.
The temples are not well preserved but they still have impressive stone carving details. And the location makes this a special place.
It's really hard to get there. Specially if you are coming from Thailand like we did. From Along Yeng we took a taxi to the entrance. Check my forum post for details on how we did Nang Rong, Thailand to Siem Riep going to Preah Vihear Temple.

Date of experience: July 2013
Thank HelenaGuerra
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

Tough to get to, very remote, but worth the effort. Arrange for a private taxi from one of the travel agencies ($100-140 return) to take you to the temple entrance (about 3.5 hours from Siem Reap) going through Anlong Veng (Former Pol Pot and Khmer Rouge stronghold). Bring your passport or at least know your passport number, entrance is free but you need to either hire a motorbike (if you dare, $5 return) or 4x4 truck ($25) to take you from the ticket booth up the steep mountain road to the temple (unless you have a 4x4 taxi they will not go up the road). Stunning views of Cambodia from the top at the back of the temple and great view of Thailand from the beginning of the temple entrance. There is a bathroom at the top, 1000 riel per person. Don't be alarmed by all of the police and military there, it is really close to the hotly contended border with Thailand, but the police and army are very friendly and will happily let you take pictures of them so long as you ask first. We went on overcast day and the fog and mist made the temples a little scary looking but the temperature was great and the sun decided to come out towards the end.

Date of experience: June 2013
4  Thank Nick S
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

A beautiful temple on the edge of the mountain along the Cambodia-Thai border, worth driving for nearly 2.5 hours. Pick up truck or Moto bike are available to bring the top of the mountain where temple is located. A beautiful view and nice walk from the entrance to the top cliff of the temple where you can view the great ocean of Cambodia. One day tour is possible and combine trip with Koh Ker group.

Date of experience: October 2012
Thank stayinCambodia
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