Visiting Prasat Phreah Vihear in Cambodia
The Cambodian flag on top of "Prasat Phreah Vihar". Although this ancient temple complex is technically in Cambodia it is easy to visit it from Thailand. Well that is if Thailand and Cambodia do not have a dispute about anything and close the border. The Preah Vihear Temple is an ancient Hindu temple built during the period of the Khmer Empire, that is situated atop a 525-metre (1,722 ft) cliff in the Dângrêk Mountains between Thailand and Cambodia. For more information see Wikipedia.
I have been here now twice and the last time was in 2006 and I am surprised that I did not write about it before (but well this blog started in 2009). It is one of the most stunning ancient Khmer temples to visit. Not only because of the beautiful art but also because of the stunning location on a mountain cliff overlooking Cambodia. It is best visited coming from Si Saket or Ubon Ratchathani. Coming from route 24 take route 221 until the very end. As the area is very cleverly made a National Park you will have to pay National Park entrance fee. Coming from the parking you go to a Thai border check point, from there you will walk into Cambodia. There will be an Cambodian border check and and Cambodian entrance fee to pay. After all the temple is in Cambodia.
Now when you are walking there and impressed by the ancient art then try to imagine that it was build starting in the 9th century. On top of a mountain. And the stones uses for it did not come from nearby! Amazing! Following are some photos I took in 2006.