The Preah Vihear Temple is a Khmer Hindu temple situated atop a 525-meter cliff on the border between Thailand and Cambodia, listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2008. According to Sanskrit inscriptions, the temple was once called “Glorious Lord of the Mountain”, a dedication to the Hindu god Shiva. The incomparable beauty of this place stems from its history, location, and architecture.
Transfer to the pot where we will change to a pick-up vehicle which can climb up to the top of the mountain. Relax and enjoy the amazing scene in front of your eyes along the road. When hit to the top, you will see why Prasat Preah Vihear deserves its second name: “The temple in heaven”. Walking around this area is like in the Garden of Eden. We will spend the whole morning here.
Transfer back down and lunch at a local restaurant in town.
In the afternoon we continue to Banteay Meanchay province, stop on the way at Anlong Veng village to Visit the house of Khmer Rouge leader Ta Mok to learn about the life and crimes of Khmer Rouge. Anlong Veng was the last stronghold of the communist Khmer Rouge regime, which ruled Cambodia brutally from 1975-79. Ta Mok was known as the cruel leader and was a military commander of the Cambodian Khmer Rouge movement. The house was built in the 1977, at the center fresh water lake of Takeo town to be used for his private residency during the Pol Pot regime.
After half an hour back into the bloody period of Cambodia’s history, we continue to Banteay Meanchay province to stay overnight.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Homestay with simple facilities
Remember to bring your passport when you pass the check-point before going up to the Preah Vihear temple.