I'm interested in visiting Preah Vihar, which is supposed to be a slog to get to from the Cambodian side. Does anyone know if it's possible to enter from the Thai side and spend a couple of nights at a guesthouse near the temple? I want to be around for dawn and sunset.
#1 fgebhart has been a member since 29/3/2008. Posts: 8
I visited Preah Vihar in Dec 2007. When passing board I wasn't asked to show my passport :)
I paid 5 THB on Thai side and get receipt. Then I crossed the border without any question. On Cambodian side I was asked only to buy ticket to enter the temple. While returning to Thailand I wasn't asked about my passport or other documents nor from Cambodian officials, nor from Thai officials.
Thanks for the update, Vlad. Did you happen to notice if there were any guest houses around the temple?
#3 fgebhart has been a member since 29/3/2008. Posts: 8
To my knowledge the closest town with accommodation is Kantharalak, in Si Saket province -- it's straightforward to arrange a motorbike taxi from there to the ruins -- figure 200-300B return.
Unfortunately we don't cover Kantharalak on Travelfish as we went there before we started the site, but I can tell you it has a couple of more than adequate hotels in the under 600B range -- there's also a great little restaurant by the bus station that does a killer Tom Yam Goong!
Kantharalak hotels--would those be the Palace and the MK? Sounds like the town is an easy bus ride from Ubon Rachathani.
#5 fgebhart has been a member since 29/3/2008. Posts: 8
I visited Preah Vihar via Kantalarak last September.Just opposite the bus station is a pharmacy, the girl in there was educated in the U.S.A. and speaks perfect English.She is very helpful and will answer all your queries re hotels travel etc.
#7 sayadian has been a member since 15/1/2008. Posts: 1,557
No problem, Vlad. I'll keep fingers crossed when I get there. Things are likely to change quickly anyway if the Cambodian government ever gets the promised road built.
#9 fgebhart has been a member since 29/3/2008. Posts: 8