A Journey to Cambodia’s Preah Vihear
A Journey to Cambodia’s
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.
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.