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Reviewed 25 July 2014 via mobile

We went to the temple from Along Veng. By motorbikes it is a two hour ride (we booked two motorbikes with driver trough the bot oddom guesthouse in Along Veng). It was 30 dollar pp for around 6 hours. The drivers were very friendly but spoke limited English.

The temple is nice to wander around and the view at the south side is stunning. From the north you can see the Thai border and border post.

The temple was already a bit more touristy then expected ... so if you want to see it without the crowd, now is the time to go! The temple site is completely safe so don't hesitate!

The moto ride up (another 5 dollar pp) is safe since the road is completely paved, although steep at times. There are pickup trucks available for groups (25 dollar).

4  Thank marijke123456
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Reviewed 25 July 2014

Spectacular setting mixed with the complexity of a military front line. It's funny that the local drivers require you to go in a four wheel drive up a beautiful new road better than most cambodian roads with tooting at every corner despite clearly seeing nothing is coming one of the quirky things that in flat Cambodia a ten even a small incline in the road get a danger sign. The temple was built over a number of kings different to others. The soldiers offered us to hold a loaded machine gun positing out that the safety was on. I declined their kind offer not wanting to risk stating a war if I bumped it. We only saw six other tourists in the day and our drivers brother was so happy we paid for the car for him to come as well for the first time.the temple has ambience and spectacular views. The few food and drink stAlls I suspect support the army and their families and our driver suggested we eat back in the town which was fine.the poorly paid army personnel are happy to show you around and point out the Thai army targets they have marked. Seeing the families camped at the front line brings you back to the reality of south east Asia. Thee are toilets at the temple but it's expected to pay the man who carried the fresh water up the mountain to flush them. It's a long drive cost us 200$ from seim reap plus a tip and 50$ for the four wheel dive up the hill. Lunch do local food came in the deal.. And beer. I.m sure you could negotiate less but we were happy .

Date of experience: July 2014
2  Thank moriac
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

We decided to visit Prasat Preah Vihear from Phnom Penh and afterwards drive from Preah Vihear over Koh Ker and Phnom Kulen to Siem Reap. The road is now impeccable and the whole trip 'only' takes 7 to 8 hours with a stop over to eat in Kampong Thom.

Preah Vihear is really a wonderful experience. You do not pay for the entrance but need a ticket on showing your passort and then share a pick-up for 25 usd to drive up th steep mountainslope.

We toke a local guide Sopheak who was friendly and very knowledgable showing as the right picture spots on our way throughp the ruins.

Though we lived in Cambodia for 3 years, we came back to visit this fantastic temple for the first time!

Date of experience: July 2014
2  Thank 800lievenv
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

From Siem Reap this is a full day excursion (around 3 hours each way plus time spent at the site) but really worthwhile. We hired a driver through our hotel which worked out at about $55 each for the day plus $5 each to be driven up to the mountain on a moto or $25 a car. This site, right on the Thai border, is surrounded by an "army base" as both Thailand and Cambodia claim it. Over the years there have been several altercations between the two forces and the Thai border at this point is closed. The Thai and Cambodian troops watch one another constantly. You walk past the trenches, observation points and fixed gun emplacements before getting to the Monumental Stairway. the beginning of the site. Before starting the steps, walk about 200 metres along the path towards the Thai border and you'll come to a shelter with a table and chairs. This is actually manned by the Thais who staked a claim literally metres into Cambodia. We drank tea with the Thai troops under the watchful eyes of the Cambodians. Very surreal experience. It was just like a mini DMZ. The temple site itself stretches about 800 from the base of the steps and there are three distinct areas. Each spot bears specific significance to the Khmers (and obviously the Thais as well) and they change dollars beforehand into a mass of 100 riel notes to pass out as offerings and gifts to locals as they progress through the site. Once you reach the top you get the most magnificent view of Cambodia & Thailand stretching out in the valley below. A couple of things to remember. When you arrive at the starting point, as well as the $5 to get up to the site, you will also need passport ID. You will also be encouraged to buy cigarettes to give to the soldiers and lollies to give to the children. It is a small investment that is much appreciated. I can't speak highly enough of my day at Preah Vihear - definitely a highlight of the trip.

Date of experience: July 2014
4  Thank Kevin G
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

Magnificent view from the 5th level! The dropoff is not fenced and there is no barrier of any sort, so please be sure of your footing, as it is an 800 meter drop. Having seen many, many temples prior to Preah Vihear, it's not the best, although some parts and carvings are well preserved.

I went with San Park, who has grotten good reviews by other travellers, and I was also happy with him. It turned out that two other people has booked him for the same day, so I ended up paying only USD 55, + 5 for the motoride up to the entrance to the Temple.
If you take a car, it's USD 25, but there's really no need, as the road is absolutely fine asphalt all the way,but for about 10 meters or something like that. The moto waits for you, so it's USD 5 / return.

Bring your passport, otherwise they will not allow you to buy a ticket. I don't recall the price.
You can buy food and water up at the entrance area.

Date of experience: July 2014
11  Thank BKKsoon
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