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Preah Vihear UNESCO Site Day Trip Excursion
1 Day (Tour Code: CAN05)

Tour Name: Preah Vihear UNESCO Site Day Trip Excursion
1Day (Tour Code: CAN05)
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Preah Vihear Temple is situated atop cliff in the Preah Vihear province of northern Cambodia (180 kilometers from Angkor Wat) and on the border of Kantharalak district (amphoe) in Sisaket province of eastern Thailand. In 1962, following a lengthy dispute between Thailand and Cambodia over ownership, a majority of the International Court of Justice in The Hague awarded the temple to Cambodia.

Affording a view for many kilometers across a plain, Prasat Preah Vihear has the most spectacular setting of all the temples built during the six-centuries-long Khmer Empire. As a key edifice of the empire's spiritual life, it was supported and modified by successive kings and so bears elements of several architectural styles. Preah Vihear is unusual among Khmer temples in being constructed along a long north-south axis, rather than having the conventional rectangular plan with orientation toward the east. The temple gives its name to Cambodia's Preah Vihear province, in which it is now located. 

On July 7, 2008, Preah Vihear was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Construction of the first temple on the site began in the early 9th century; both then and in the following centuries it was dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva in his manifestations as the mountain gods Sikharesvara and Bhadresvara. The earliest surviving parts of the temple, however, date from the Koh Ker period in the early 10th century, when the empire's capital was at the city of that name.

Today, elements of the Banteay Srei style of the late 10th century can be seen, but most of the temple was constructed during the reigns of the Khmer kings Suryavarman I (1002 -1050) and Suryavarman II (1113 -1150). An inscription found at the temple provides a detailed account of Suryavarman II studying sacred rituals, celebrating religious festivals and making gifts, including white parasols, golden bowls and elephants, to his spiritual advisor, the aged Brahman Divakarapandita. The Brahman himself took an interest in the temple, according to the inscription, donating to it a golden statue of a dancing Shiva. In the wake of the decline of Hinduism in the region the site was converted to use by Buddhists.
Note: please bring your passport with you to visit your Preah Vihear temple pass at the temple
AM: Tour begins at 7:00AM pick up from your hotel
It takes about 3 and half an hours each way. First, we drive a road through Banteay Srei Temple which you may want to stop and view. This is an optional stop and can be done in about 20 minutes (you would need to have a one-day-Angkor of US20 per pax from ticket boot near Angkor Wat to visit Banteay Srei temple). Next, we continue to Kbal Spean Mountain and also visit Anlong Veng, the former strong hold of Khmer Rouge. Next we will follow the road to Sa Am, the last residence of the former Khmer Rouge leader, Pol Pot. Lastly we will visit Preah Vihear, a UNESCO site not to be missed. The road is now fully paved and safe to drive.  Enjoy the scenic landscape and simple lives along the way.

We will take a leisurely walk to the top of the mountain where the temple site is located. Enjoy taking pictures and your expert guide will tell the story. 

PM: Enjoy your lunch at local restaurant (on your own account)
After having lunch on the mountain top, make your way back to Siem Reap. Relax in your air-conditioned vehicle taking in the views and witnessing the daily lives of the Khmer people.

This trip to Preah Vihear Temple, a world heritage site, will create memories for a lifetime. We will arrive back in Siem Reap in the late afternoon, about 5 PM.
Tour Duration: Day Trip Excursion
Tour Operates: Everyday Departures
Tour Price: USD99 Per Person (Guaranteed to depart with minimum 02 people)

Tour Price Inclusive of:
- Tours and transfers as mentioned in itinerary by private luxury air-condition vehicles
- Local English speaking guides
- Entrance fee for mentioned visit

Tour Price Exclusive of:
- Accommodation, please Contact Us
- Services and meals not mentioned
- Cambodia visa
- International and additional domestic flights include taxes
- Drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips … and expenditure of a personal nature
- Travel insurance

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