A Journey to Cambodia’s Preah Vihear

A Journey to Cambodia’s
Preah Vihear

Long a point of dispute with neighbouring Thailand, the Preah Vihear temple has been long
on many customers’ list to see and admire the beauty of this temple range, perched on
the ridge of a mountain range on the border with Thailand.

WHY THIS TOUR?

The Khmer ancient temple of Preah Vihear extends for over 700 metres on top of the sacred Dangrek Mountains and offers stunning views over Cambodia’s plains below. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Preah Vihear was designed to represent Hindu sacred Mount Meru. Preah Vihear has a stairway leading to Thailand since it sits on the border that has cause ownership tensions over the years, but visitors to this sprawling site can soak up its intricate carvings and enjoy an exploration well off the beaten track.

Destined to deliver awe and breathtaking moments from early morning until the evening, this long yet unmissable journey of North Cambodia is an astounding example of why there’s more than just Angkor to explore.

TRAIL ITINERARY

A Journey to Cambodia’s Preah Vihear

07:00 - 20:00

We will leave Siem Reap early in the morning (around 7 am) and depart northbound for around 250 kilometres (3 hours and 30 minutes) to the Cambodian – Thai border where can see the sacred mountain range of Dong Rek appear in the distance. Averaging in height of about 500 metres with the peaks reaching up to 700 metres, this mountain range is home to the ancient relic of Preah Vihear and affords spectacular views of the Cambodian plains beneath that stretch as far as Phnom Kulen – a national park just north of Siem Reap. Its vast size and easy access to Thailand meant that this is where Pol Pot hid in his later years taking advantage of an easy route to flee. Via Anlong Veng, a bustling local market, we drive up the hill to our destination of the day. The mountain ranges here extend for over 700 meters on the top of the Dong Rek Mountains. Lunch at a local restaurant is included.

The Hindu temple of Preah Vihear was constructed to worship the god Shiva, dating back to the first half of the 11th century. Its complex history refers already to scriptures that date back to the 9th century. The temple is composed of a series of sanctuaries linked by a system of pavements and staircases over an 800-metre long axis. Customers looking for a well-preserved temple complex – look no further; part of this has been due to its remote location and the exceptional quality of the architecture. Aside from its historical and cultural attractiveness, as brought forward by an English-speaking guide, the panoramic views from the top are seen as some of the most memorable ones in the country.

After an extensive tour through the complex, we head back to Siem Reap the same way as we came, where we will arrive back at your hotel at around 8 pm.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply.
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Siem Reap. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside this area such as Tonle Sap, Koh Ker, Banteay Srei and Siem Reap International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Part of this excursion includes walking over unpaved roads and paths. This may not suit guests with walking issues. Bear in mind that such paths may turn slippery / muddy after a rain shower. We suggest wearing good walking shoes, preferred closed shoes, when booking this tour.
  • To avoid any issues pertaining obtaining an arrival visa at the airport, please ensure that your passport contains at least two empty pages. Failure to do so may result in not gaining entrance into the Kingdom of Cambodia.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.

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