Departure at 5:00am / Drop off at 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Prasat Preah Vihea Temple is a Khmer temple located on a 525-meter cliff on Dangrek Mountain in Preah Vihear Province, northern Cambodia. And on the border of Kantrok (Ampe) district in Sisaket province in eastern Thailand. In 1962, after a long dispute between Thailand and Cambodia over the majority ownership of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, the temple was ceded to Cambodia. With views of many kilometers across a lowland, the Temple of Preah Vihear is the most magnificent of all the temples built in the Khmer Empire for six centuries. An important structure of the spiritual life of the empire, it was supported and modified by successive kings and thus contained many elements of architectural style. The temple of Preah Vihear is unusual among Khmer temples built along the north-south axis, rather than having a simple rectangular layout facing east. The temple is named after the province of Preah Vihear in Cambodia, which currently borders Khao Phra Wihan National Park. And Sisaket Province, Thailand, and therefore the most accessible temple. On July 7, 2008, the Temple of Preah Vihear was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Koh Ker Group was located in Preah Vihear province, the capital of the Khmer Empire between 928 and 944 under the leadership of King Jayavarman IV and his son Hasvarman II. After the Khmer Empire was established at Angkor (Rolous), Jayavarman IV moved the capital in 928, almost 100 km northeast of Koh Ker. Here a large number of temples were built under his reign until his successors returned to Angkor about twenty years later. Koh Ker Temple Complex is covered by Prasat Thom, a mountain temple 30 meters above the plains and surrounding forests. Great views await visitors at the end of the adventure. The garuda statue in the rock still protects the upper part, even though it is partially covered at this time. There are many temples or pagodas throughout Koh Ker. A couple still show off a huge statue on yoni providing space for many. Exits for purified water by running it over Linga are visible in the outer walls of one of them. In other cases, three temples stand side by side dedicated to Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu. Most of them are surrounded by libraries and enclosures, and many also have canals. At that time, the roof was still made of wood. Today, only holes for beams remain in the stone structure.
Beng Mealea Temple (this name means "lotus pond") is located at the foot of Kulen Mountain. It was built as a Hindu temple, but there are some sculptures depicting Buddha paintings. Its main material is sandstone, and it is not widely repaired, with thick trees and bushes growing in the center of the towers and courtyards, and many of its stones in large piles. For many years it was difficult to reach, but a road was just built to Koh Ker temple across Beng Mealea and more and more people came to visit Up. Built in the 12th century, many scholars believe it to be a model for Angkor Wat. It is a great temple, but it is still very much lost in the forest.
|Private Package Tour|
|# of PAX
- English Tour Guide
- A/C Vehicle: car / van with driver
- Parking Fees and Road Tolls
- Cool Drinking Waters and Towells
- Pick up / Drop off at Airport
- Temples Pass: 1Day = $37/pax, 3Days = $62/pax, 7Days = $72/pax
- Pick Up / down on mountain top: $25
- Meals: (B, L, D)
- Payment for the tour will only be required at the end of the tour (you do not have to pay in advance or deposit) and cash in dollars only (no credit card payment required).
- The official currency of Cambodia is the Cambodian Riel (KHR), however, USD $ is used everywhere in the country and most prices are denominated in dollars. We advise you to bring US dollars and remember to bring new and clean banknotes as old or torn banknotes will not be accepted in most places.
- ATMs are available almost everywhere in the city as well and make it easy to withdraw cash in dollars. Usually the exchange rate is around 4,000 Riel to 1 USD, so if you give 2 USD for something worth 6000 Riel, you will get back usually 2000 Riel.
Please note that you must be dressed for visiting some of our temples, Angkor Wat, Ba Phnom, Phnom Bakheng and climb the same temple. This means that your pants or skirt should cover your knees and the shirt should not be sleeveless (make sure your shirt covers your shoulders, not a bra) otherwise you will not be allowed in. Or up there is done by the church authorities. Walking shoes are recommended and light cotton clothing is also recommended for the weather from March to July as it is very hot with high humidity. We suggest you bring your camera charger, then you can refill it during your lunch break at the restaurant.
Q: Is it OK to tip guide/driver?
A: Yes, it is OK. If you would like to.