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Plan to Prasat Preah Vihear and Preah Khan

Posted by cpkcon on 1/8/2007 at 03:04

Hi there,

is there any one been to prasat preah vihear and/or Preah Khan from siam reap? i am planning to visit there in late aug/ early sept, what kind of transportation shall i take?

How bad the road condition could be in rain season? how many days do i need to get to there?

Hoping that i can get ur help! thanks in advance.

#1 cpkcon has been a member since 1/8/2007. Posts: 2

Posted by chopin on 1/8/2007 at 08:30

Hope it will help:

"Preah Vihear temple
Long a contentious matter between Thailand and Cambodia as to who owns it, the temple is now firmly in the hands of Cambodia. I attended the grand opening on January 15th, 2003 and the chronicle can be read here. The temple is easily accessed from Thailand, not so easily from Cambodia. It's not too bad from Anlong Veng, but making your way up from Tbeng Menachey is a disaster. The road up to the top of the temple is a thrill if you have a big bike and know what you;re doing. If not, walk, take a moto, or hitch a ride. Admission fees apply - from Thailand it's 200 baht to the Thais and 200 again to the Cambodians. From the Cambodia side there is a $5 fee if someone bothers to ask you for it. Though accessible from Thailand this is not an international border crossing and you cannot enter/leave Cambodian and Thailand here."

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Posted by cpkcon on 2/8/2007 at 21:21

Thanks for the info and sorry for my late reply.

The site gives me a general outline however none of us could ride a motobike or driving a car. Anyway if I can get to there, I will post a follow up on the road condition for other's reference~

thanks again,

cons, 07.

#3 cpkcon has been a member since 1/8/2007. Posts: 2

Posted by jma351 on 5/2/2010 at 09:17

Is there any news about the condition with the Border?

Has anybody traveled to Preah Vihar from Siem Reap this year?


#4 jma351 has been a member since 22/11/2009. Posts: 2

Posted by gilrand on 14/2/2010 at 18:49


I just visited Preah Vihear temple yesterday. Not from Siem Reap , but did a 4 day mototour from Kompong Thom including Sambor Prei Kuk, Preah Khan, Koh Ker, Preah Vihear and Beng Mealea.

As for the border condition, the border has been closed for 2 years and there is heavy military presence on both sides of the border as Thailand has claimed ownership for the temple. Basiclly the whole mountain which Preah Vihear temple is on is fortified and full of soldiers with RPGs and AKs. The last clash there was, according to my guide and the news, in the end of January which left one thai soldier dead.

My guide was confident it was safe to go there and we even toured some of the Cambodian positions along the border there. Quite exciting. But if you do intend to go there make sure you get the latest information and a good guide who knows his business there.

As for tours from Siem Reap I can't say anything.


#5 gilrand has been a member since 8/6/2009. Posts: 15

Posted by wrightstate on 16/2/2010 at 01:41

Hi Gilrand and others

I'm intersted in doing a similar tour as you this June, so I know the weather will be different! My plan is: Kompong Thom - Tbeng Meanchey - Preah Vihear - Ko Ker (or the other way round) and if weather permits, from Tbeng Meanchey to Stung Treng via Chaeb. I did Sambor Prei Kuk last year and plan to do Beng Mealea and Preah Khan another time. I have a few questions I wondered if you could answer:

Did you use the same guy for the whole trip from Kompong Thom?

What did he charge per day and would you recommend him?

Also if anyone else has any tips for this route, I would be very grateful!

Thanks for looking


#6 wrightstate has been a member since 12/5/2009. Posts: 4

Posted by gilrand on 17/2/2010 at 06:04

Hey Jon,

Yeah, I did the whole trip with same driver. I hooked up with a really nice guy from Kompong Thom called Mr Sinan, who hangs around on other side of the street from Arunas Hotel and propably will find you if you go to Kompong Thom unless he is on a trip.

He came to me and asked if I was interested in doing such a trip (my original plan was just to visit Sambor Prei Kuk and continue to Siem Reap next day). He asked for about 30 dollars for a day not including temple admissions, food or accomodation which came at about 50 dollars for four days including ALOT of palmwine and good company.

I really don't know how this price sounds to people but I felt it well worth it (the whole trip was around 900 kilometers) and would also recommend the guy.


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