If you take a trip to the northern part of Cambodia, Preah Vihear province should be your destination. Preah Vihear is one of the famous provinces of Kingdom of Cambodia as one of the world heritage locates there. This province is named after the Preah Vihear temple that is listed in UNESCO world heritage since 2008. Preah Vihear province has so much natural beauty that will take your breath away. The trees and the incredible views of Dangrek Mountains range will leave an unforgettable memory for this amazing trip. As soon as you see a status of a Hindu god of 8 arms, you know that you reach your destination. Below are what you need to know when you visit Preah Vihear province including accommodation, restaurants, and other activities.
In case you want to spend a night or two in Preah Vihear province, you will a good place to sleep. We would like to recommend you some accommodation that you can share a comfortable rest. The first one is Javier Guesthouse which locates in Tbeng Meanchey, the capital of the province. This guesthouse is cozy and has free Wi-Fi throughout the property. Lyhout Guesthouse is the second choice of accommodation for you. Each room has wooden desks and clean bedspreads for a cozy sleep which is perfect for resting.
Green Palace Hotel is also in the option as well for various ways of entertainment for tourists. It has free Wi-Fi, on-site bar, bike hire & car hire service, and many more. The rooms are absolutely luxury and comfortable for you.
Activities / Things to Do
The very first thing you should do in Preah Vihear province is to visit Preah Vihear temple. Take a tour and see the beauty of the temple. It takes a thrilling ride to the top of the mountain to see the temple which is the wonderful adventure. Up there, you will find soldiers who protect the border as well as local people.
You can enjoy the view from the top of the mountain by the temple as well. Up in the mountain, there will be so many things see and to do. There is also a pagoda up there that you can go inside and pray as well.
The view and the landscape is everything. The second place that you should explore is Koh Ker. The road is tough but it’s worth the time as once you reach there, you’ll be amazed. Koh Ker temple is one of the most beautiful temple in Cambodia that you should not missed. The environment and the view will be your most memorable moment during the trip.
Also, there are other temples and historical sites that you can explore. Preah Vihear province worth a great adventure for your journey.
What You Should Bring
It is quite a long journey, so there are some things that you should bring along with to Preah Vihear province. As Cambodia is a country with dry and humid kind of weather, it is hot most of the time. It takes a long journey, so you need a hat to protect your face from sunburn. You might need a hand-fan as well since you have to walk a lot. Speaking of walking, make sure you have a bottle of water with you to keep yourself hydrated. Wear the shoes that are flexible because you might need to climb up and down the hills. That should be it for a fun and nice mountain adventure.
No matter where you go, in Cambodia, there is always food available. Preah Vihear may be a far province from the capital city, but restaurants are also nice and luxury there. The first recommended restaurant is Darareah Restaurant. It is the open-air restaurant that has both Khmer and English menu for you to order the meal. You might prefer Asian food or European food; the choice is yours.
The second restaurant is Pkay Broek Restaurant that locates 3km west of the center. This place is famous for its grill-it-yourself or Korean Fire Beef that you should try. Last but not least, Mlop Dong Restaurant. This is the place where you enjoy local Khmer food from soup to meat optionally.
As Preah Vihear province is an isolated province, there is not many market for you to shop. However, there is quite number of home-stores where you can wooden crafts. There are different types of wooden handicrafts with very sizes and shapes for you to choose. Furniture is also available there as well.
You will find chairs, tables, and other types of furniture along the way. They also have transportation service for you as well in case you want to take to the city or other provinces. There are also small markets where you can find packed snacks or food as well.
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