THE GREAT TEMPLE CONTENDED
A day tour at one of the most incredible Khmer temples off the beaten track, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. Situated on the edge of a plateau on Dangrek Mountains atop 525 mt. cliff that dominates the plain of Cambodia, Preah Vihear temple it was build across hundreds of years, during the six centuries long Khmer Empire.
It was originally built as a Hindu sanctuary dedicated to Shiva. In the wake of the decline of Hinduism in the region the site was converted to use by Buddhists.
The temple is still particularly well preserved, mainly due to its remote location. This site is exceptional for its architectural quality, as well as for the exceptional quality of its carved stone ornamentation.
In 1962, following a lengthy dispute between Cambodia and Thailand over ownership, the International Court of Justice ruled that the temple is in Cambodia.
This itinerary can be customised based on your actual travel needs and can be extended and combined to other tours.
Length : 1D
From : SIEM REAP
To : SIEM REAP
Destinations : Siem Reap
01. PREAH VIHEAR TEMPLE
Preah Vihear temple
Welcome meeting at your hotel at 6,30 am. We drive north, early in the morning, towards the Thailand border. In about 1.5 h we reach Anlong Veng town, the last stronghold of the Khmer Rouge to come under government control in 1998 and the final resting place of the Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot. Time permitting, we can visit the surrounding area and the dictator’s grave.
We travel east till Sra Em town before heading north to Preah Vihear temple. Due to the steep slope of the path, we are going to board a pickup truck at the base of the mountain to reach the top of the plateau.
The visit develops along 800 m of a causeway and steps rising up the hill towards the sanctuary, which sits on the clifftop, throughout several “gopuras” (gateway) and courtyards built with different styles and decorations.
After the visit we stop for lunch at a local restaurant, and we return to Siem Reap in about 3h.
Included : Tour guide, tickets, pickup truck and private transportation
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