Preah Vihear Province Landmarks

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Preah Vihear Province Landmarks

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  • Yav Y
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    It is a wonderful place, it is quite and beautiful temple, great to see this place. Please come over if you have been in Cambodia
    Written 24 February 2024
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  • Elagoya
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    Maybe my family and i are lucky after we have been beautiful mountain staying on Cambodia , Thaland Border . we been in Jan- 2024 don't Have too much tourist visit this temple but preah vihear temple look so beautiful , Maybe this temple far from tourist place such as siem reap and phnom penh .
    Written 16 February 2024
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  • Michael P
    Hoang Su Phi, Vietnam7,005 contributions
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    In March 2016, when I first visited Prasat Preah Vihear and Banteay Chhmar, Preah Khan Kompong Svay (PKKS) was also on my list. The temple complex is easy enough to find on Google Maps, situated 100 kilometers East of Angkor, as the crow flies. But roads and crows take different routes, and by road, Google Maps tells a different story: 167 kilometers with a travel time of 3 hours and 23 minutes, far too long for a day outing. Naturally, the roads were reported to be in very bad condition, a small car might not reach the ancient site. Then there was the price, I received a quote of $150 (USD) to make the journey.

    I decided to keep PKKS on the to-do list, and only visit under my own steam, by self-driving with a rental car.

    Seven years later, in July 202, I hired a car from Avis Car Rental in Phnom Penh and completed a 14-day road trip. Not just a car, but a Ford Wildtrak 4x4 pickup truck. With a 3.2-liter engine, this vehicle is overkill for most of Cambodia, particularly in the north where the tarmac roads are generally very good. Still, these four-door trucks are very comfortable, have all the bells and whistles, and are fun to drive. My journey started in Phnom Penh with a night in Stueng Saen, Kampong Thom province, and then onto PKKS via National Road 62.

    The turn-off at the junction of road 2623 is well marked with a large sign indicating the direction of “Sangkum Thmei District”. Twenty kilometers of pothole-filled sealed road link Sangkum Thmei village with National Road 62.

    The next leg is a 27-kilometer stretch of graded dirt road. A large fleet of heavy earth-moving equipment was involved in extensive road work in preparation for pouring asphalt, or at least that’s my impression. The road was, for the most part, very smooth and was a pleasure to drive on. At some point in the journey, it started to rain which helped to keep the dust down. I imagine it would be quite dusty in the dry season.

    Located next to Ta Sêng village, Sangkum Thmei District, Preah Vihear province, the 22 square kilometer temple complex is not on the UNESCO list, has had little restoration work, and is in ruins. Due to the remoteness of this site, it was heavily looted, the damage is easy to see in the destruction of bas-relief sculptures and statues.

    When I reached the site, I was the only foreigner and it was hard to identify the staff from the villagers. I did not see anything that resembled a ticket booth or vendor, nor was there anyone checking tickets. The only person I interacted with, no one spoke English, took me on a tour of the inner enclosures.

    The grounds were unkept, the locals were grazing cows and buffaloes within the walls of this once-great religious monument.

    Ta Sêng’s tiny village center is roughly 3 kilometers from the main temple enclosure. There is at least one very basic homestay available. I had considered spending a night here but moved north to Preah Vihear City instead. The next day I drove back to PKKS for an early morning visit. It’s roughly a two-hour drive between the two.
    Written 28 March 2024
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