Krong Preah Vihear

Krong Preah Vihear

Almost off the map

A half-way point between Kompong Thom and Preah Vihear temple, Krong Preah Vihear, and formerly called Tbeng Meanchey, Preah Vihear City has never held much attraction for visitors. That may be set to change though, thanks to the completion of a snazzy new road and bridge connecting the city with Stung Treng to the east. It may soon become a stop on a direct route between the temple-haven northwest and lush, green northeast of Cambodia.

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Krong Preah Vihear is not completely without charms in its own right though, and is currently a convenient staging post for trips to Koh Ker, 60 kilometres to the west, Preah Vihear 100 kilometres to the north, and Preah Khan 100 kilometres to the south. With Khulen Prum Tep Wildlife Sanctuary to the north, and Beng Per Wildlife Sanctuary to the south, it is also within reach of a couple of very interesting conservation projects, one of which is scheduled to launch in December 2015.

Put your weaving hat on. : Nicky Sullivan.
Put your weaving hat on. Photo: Nicky Sullivan

The city is organised on a grid system, which can be disorienting at first. The main drag is Koh Ker Street, where you’ll find the market, banks and bus stations, and there is a secondary parallel street to the east called Mlou Prei, where there are also a few places of interest. Running east and west off these two arteries is a series of roads that are identified by numbers. They fade off into nothingness rather rapidly, and there was little to reward an exploration, other than Weaves of Cambodia, which is up a red road to the southeast of town, just past a rather dystopian ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 700 words.)

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