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Preah Vihear Preah Khan Kampong Svay Tour 2d

PREAH VIHEAR PREAH KHAN KAMPONG SVAY EXCURSION 2D >>>

TOUR HIGHLIGHT


Day I

- Preah Vihear

Day II

- Preah Khan Kampong Svay.

During the night of your stay in Siem Reap, you can enjoy Siem Reap nightlife, night markets, foods and other fun activities in Siem Reap downtown, Pub Street areas and city formerly French colonial head quarter.

Return and drop you off at your preferred destination.

Tour Ends


Dress Code

The site is an active spiritual site for Buddhists and citizens who engage in daily worship, prayer and meditation. Revealing clothes such as shorts and skirts above the knees and showing bare shoulders are prohibited in sacred palaces. Respectful dress is strongly encouraged in Angkor due to the respects towards our community.
Cargo man short, cargo woman shorts and T-Shirt, cover knees and shoulders are recommended.

Currency

The official currency in Cambodia is Cambodian Riel. It trades at around 4,000 riel to one US dollar. The US dollar is Cambodia’s unofficial second currency; therefore, there is no need to change the money. In fact, it is best to carry US dollars with you while you are traveling in Siem Reap, Cambodia. There are ATM everywhere in Cambodia where you could pick up US dollars as well.

Tour Payment

Tour payment is in American dollars USD.

COMPLETED ITINERARY

Tour Name: Preah Vihear Preah Khan Kampong Svay Excursion 2d
Tour Code: A2I
Tour Duration: 2 days
Tour Operates: all year round / on demand
Number of Pax: available upon request
Tour Price: available upon request

Pick-up time: at 8am (but flexible and available upon request) at your preferred pick up location.

Hotel: available upon request.

Drop-off time: at 6pm (but flexible and available upon request) at your preferred drop off destination.

Kindly let us know your pick-up information when you have it available?

Pick up location is flexible and available upon request includes:

Hotel, Airbnb and residence in Siem Reap
Hotel, Airbnb and residence in Phnom Penh
Hotel, Airbnb and residence in any provinces in Cambodia
Hotel, Airbnb and residence in Bangkok
Hotel, Airbnb and residence in any provinces in Thailand
Upon arrival at Laem Chabang cruises port in Pattaya
Upon arrival at Siem Reap Angkor International Airport SAI
Upon arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport PNH
Upon arrival at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport BKK
Upon arrival at Bangkok Don Muang International Airport DMK
Upon arrival at Moi Chit bus station in Bangkok
Upon arrival at train station in Bangkok
Upon arrival at Chao Phraya express boat pier
Upon arrival at Klong Tei boat pier
Upon arrival at any boat pier in Bangkok
Upon arrival at Central Point Koh Chang boat pier
Hotel, Airbnb and residence in Pattaya
Hotel, Airbnb and residence in Koh Chang
Hotel, Airbnb and residence in Rayong
Hotel, Airbnb and residence in Chantaburi
Hotel, Airbnb and residence in Khao Yai
Hotel, Airbnb and residence in South-Eastern of Thailand
And more...

Kindly let us know your drop-off information when you have it available?

Drop off destination is flexible and available upon request includes:

Hotel, Airbnb and residence in Siem Reap
Hotel, Airbnb and residence in Phnom Penh
Hotel, Airbnb and residence in any provinces in Cambodia
Hotel, Airbnb and residence in Bangkok
Hotel, Airbnb and residence in any provinces in Thailand
Laem Chabang cruises port in Pattaya
Siem Reap Angkor International Airport SAI
Phnom Penh International Airport PNH
Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport BKK
Bangkok Don Muang International Airport DMK
Moi Chit bus station in Bangkok
Train station in Bangkok
Chao Phraya express boat pier
Klong Tei boat pier
Any boat pier in Bangkok
Central Point Koh Chang boat pier
Hotel, Airbnb and residence in Pattaya
Hotel, Airbnb and residence in Koh Chang
Hotel, Airbnb and residence in Rayong
Hotel, Airbnb and residence in Chantaburi
Hotel, Airbnb and residence in Khao Yai
Hotel, Airbnb and residence in South-Eastern of Thailand
And more...

Day I - Preah Vihear Excursion

Preah Vihear - you will be met and welcomed by our English speaking guide, picked up and transferred onward to visit Preah Vihear temple. It 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.

Nomenclature

Prasat Preah Vihear is the compound of words Prasat, Preah and Vihear, which mean the "religious offering of sacred shrine". In Sanskrit, Prasat means "religious offering" which could even be taken as synonym of "temple" in this context, Preah mean "sacred" or "beloved", and "Vihear" from the Sanskrit word Vihara means "abode" or "shrine" (the central structure of the temple).
In Khmer, "phnom" means mountain, and Cambodians occasionally refer to it as "Phnom Preah Vihear". These versions of the name carry significant political and national connotations (see below: New dispute over ownership).

Location

The temple was built at the top of Poy Tadi, a steep cliff in the Dângrêk Mountain range which is the natural border between Cambodia and Thailand.
The Temple is currently listed by Cambodia as being in Svay Chrum Village, Kan Tout Commune, in Choam Khsant District of Preah Vihear Province of northern Cambodia. The temple is 140 km from Angkor Wat and 625 km from Phnom Penh.

The Temple was listed by Thailand as being in Bhumsrol village of Bueng Malu sub-district (now merged with Sao Thong Chai sub-district), in Kantharalak district of the Sisaket Province of eastern Thailand. It is 110 km from the Mueang Sisaket District, the center of Sisaket Province.

In 1962 the ICJ ruled that only the temple building belonged to Cambodia, while the direct way to access the temple is from Thailand.

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.

Lunch at local restaurant (at your own costs)

Continue driving to Preah Vihear downtown.

Dinner at local restaurant in downtown (at your own costs).

Overnight at your hotel in Preah Vihear province.

Day II - Preah Khan Kampong Svay Excursion

Preah Khan Kampong Svay - in the morning, after breakfast at the hotel, transfer onward to Preah Khan Kampong Svay temple. The archeological complex of Preah Khan (of) Kampong Svay or Prasat Bakan (according to local pronunciation) or Bakan Svay Rolay is located 100 km east of Angkor, in Preah Vihear province, Cambodia. It stands as the largest single religious complex ever built during Angkorian Era, as its exterior enclosure is about 5 km square, even if the isolated location makes it one of less visited Angkorian sites.

History

There are few historical data about Preah Khan Kompong Svay. French scholars argued it had been founded in the 11th century, probably by Suryavarman I. It was a royal residence during the kingdom of Suryavarman II and even Jayavarman VII lived here, before recapturing the capital city of Yasodharapura from invading Chams in 1181, and improved the complex.

The discovery of the complex

After some French missions at the turn of the 19th century, Victor Goloubew in 1937 engaged in aerial surveys which revealed the real extension of the complex.
Many famous Khmer sculptures come from here, such as the putative head of Jayavarman VII which is exposed at the National Museum of Phnom Penh. The sculptures and carvings of Preah Khan of Kompong Svay are among the peaks of Khmer art and the temples have been widely sacked in the past by official expeditions, like Louis Delaporte's one, whereas thieves have largely damaged many structures while looting sculptures and carvings from the second half of the 1990s.

The site

Preah Khan Kompong Svay covers an area about 5 kilometers square, is oriented to north-east and has four concentric enclosures. It was provided with water by a large baray (2.8 km by 750 m but almost completely dried at present), which crosses the eastern side. On an artificial island (mebon) in the middle of the baray there is Preah Thkol, a cruciform temple in sandstone with a standing central tower. In the southeastern corner stands the remains of the 15 metres high pyramid of Preah Damrei, with laterite enclosure and two stone elephants (Damrei means elephant) at its upper corners. The other two elephants are exhibited at the National Museum of Phnom Penh and Guimet Museum in Paris.

Inside the exterior enclosure, in the middle of the western side of baray, there is Prasat Preah Stung with a peculiar four-faced central tower in Bayon style, which is preceded by a landing-stage with nāga balaustrades. A laterite causeway leads from here to a centric enclosure, 701 m by 1097 m, surrounded by a moat and endowed with four gopuras similar to Angkor Thom. Near the eastern gopura there is a dharmasala.

The inner laterite enclosure contains the central sanctuary, that stands on a two-tier platform. The central tower collapsed because of a looting attempt in 2003. It has entrances in all cardinal directions and is rounded by a windowed gallery.

World heritage status

This site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on September 1, 1992 in the Cultural category.

Lunch at local restaurant (at your own costs)

During the night of your stay in Siem Reap, you can enjoy Siem Reap nightlife, night markets, foods and other fun activities in Siem Reap downtown, Pub Street areas and city formerly French colonial head quarter.

Return and drop off at your preferred destination.

Tour Ends

Price

- Available upon reqeust.

Included

- Full tours and transfers by private luxury A/C vehicle
- Licensed local English speaking guide
- Transfer up and down Preah Vihear mountain by private 4WD
- All entrance fees for mentioned visit.

Excluded

- Meals not mentioned
- Accommodation
- Visa on Arrival fee $30. Please bring one of your recent passport-size photos to visit your Cambodian Visa on Arrival. South-East Asian passport holders do not require a visa to enter Cambodian
- Drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips and expenditure of a personal nature
- Personal travel insurance
- Any services not mentioned in itinerary.

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