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Preah Vihear Temple open from Thai side?

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Happy New Year everyone.

Can anyone tell me if this temple is open to visitors from Thailand ?

Preah Vihear Temple, Kantuot, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia

 

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What bergen said. I was there a few weeks ago. It's still worth the trip to the cliff in my opinion. 

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Your post and thread title seem to be asking different thimngs.

 

If the question is whether there is access to the temple from Thailand, the answer is NO. One has to enter from within Cambodia, and thsi is very unlikley to change anytime soon.

 

If the question is whether Thai p[eople can visit the temple, assuming they first enter Cambodia legally, I believe the answer is yes (though for a period of time, they were barred).

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Answer is no.

We visited late afternoon, loved it so much we went back next day for sunrise. Stayed Kantharalak.

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Where in Kantharalak did you stay BB?  I would like to visit again, I first went in 2008 and was able to view the old ruins on the cambo side, it was stunning, probably the best place I have visited in Thailand.

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On 1/12/2017 at 8:59 AM, Coota said:

Where in Kantharalak did you stay BB?  I would like to visit again, I first went in 2008 and was able to view the old ruins on the cambo side, it was stunning, probably the best place I have visited in Thailand.

 

I live in Amphur Kantharalak.

 

See my guide to accommodation and entertainment in Meuang Kantharalak in the attached Word document

Kantaralak hotels & ents 14jan17.docx

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On ‎1‎/‎12‎/‎2017 at 8:59 AM, Coota said:

Where in Kantharalak did you stay BB?  I would like to visit again, I first went in 2008 and was able to view the old ruins on the cambo side, it was stunning, probably the best place I have visited in Thailand.

 

We had the rooms facing the street which were a little noisy. Hotel has bungalows at the back which look a better idea.

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Is this temple still closed from the thai side.

 

If so, is it worth the drive from sisaket to look from a distance if possible? 

 

Are there any waterfalls near there?

 

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5 hours ago, dreaming said:

Is this temple still closed from the Thai side.

Yes. No moves to change that under current Thai regime as far as can be detected. No incentive for Cambodia to press for common sense shared access either, it would seem, even though it might get them much more money from day visitors.
 

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If so, is it worth the drive from sisaket to look from a distance if possible?

 

Depends. In my view it was worth it for a visitor when the fee was 200 baht but probably not worth it at 400 baht. I have not tried the "I live here, have a Thai driving license and pay Thai taxes" which got me into another regional NP at Thai rates a couple of years ago when the prices were going up.
 

Probably is worth it if you are a Sisaket resident and have done everything else there is to see in the region. It's certainly as nice a mountainous jungle view as you'll get this side of Pa Taem National Park on the Mekong in Ubon Province. I saw in this or previous threads that some respondents thought the view over the cliff into the jungle and the view of the temple in the distance plus the cliff prehistoric drawings walk was worthwhile and some who thought not - recall thinking that was inconclusive as it was unclear what different people paid!

 

Are there any waterfalls near there?

Yes there are waterfalls in the vicinity, but not in that national park (or at least not ones that have attracted my attention and I do live locally. Underneath the Dangrak Mountain chain that defines the Thai/Cambodia border there are some reservoirs that are above the plains level and therfore their outfalls go over some rocks in a couple of places south of Khun Han and drop say 30 metres. Quite pretty and probably reasonably impressive flows at times in rainy season but hardly world-shattering or even Thai-shattering as tourist events. Quite nice for locals to go picnicking and swimming, but I would not travel a long way (even from Meuang Sisaket) just to see them and you might be prevented from getting close in this, the height of rainy, season anyway - for safety reasons 

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Sorry about the formatting - usual Cr@p (these days) unpredictable ThaiV user experience! Had to italicise my answers to make it clear who is saying what! Dunno why we bother still.

 

Maybe you should have asked "Is it worth going to Cambodia and seeing it from the Khmer side", to which I would have answered yes and it's on my radar to do so, even though I did see it from the Thai side many moons ago before the soldiers and politicos decided to make a nonsense of the situation. It really is a quite evocative mountainside location best clambered around rather than looked at from several clicks away.

 

Kantharalak resident

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Sorry to resurrect a zombie, but...

 

Any latest info? Is the crossing still closed to go from the Thai side to Preah Vihear? My wife and I will be in the area this summer and would love to see a World Heritage Site like this.

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29 minutes ago, Hanaguma said:

Sorry to resurrect a zombie, but...

 

Any latest info? Is the crossing still closed to go from the Thai side to Preah Vihear? My wife and I will be in the area this summer and would love to see a World Heritage Site like this.

 

If your referring to the local crossing at PV its been closed from about July 2008 and there are no planes of it ever being opened again. The closes from Thailand would be to use the Chong Sa Ngam border crossing at GPS 14.3456702295, 104.058463082 where on the Cambodia side you can arrange a taxi to take you to PV. Be advised the Khmer do not allow Thais to visit this site even from within Cambodia.

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i didn't think the temple itself was that impressive, but that was just after visiting angkor wat.  the view from the escarpment is supposed to be spectacular, however  smoke from farmers burning off fields (and clear-cutting forest) reduced visibility.

 

you might consider wat phu an option, similar distance from sisaket, in laos just south of pakse.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vat_Phou

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Don't be put off by one man's one-day experience. Not an all-year round event and I've not seen smoke problems in my 5+ visits.

 

Whether it's worth the 400 baht NP fee is debatable IMO*. In the region of SE Isaan I think that Pha Taem NP in eastern Ubon Ratchathani province, overlooking the Mekong but with many different attractions inside, is the only NP that's clearly worth the fee.

 

[Or is it back down to 200 baht these dats? And I ignore the possibility of you blagging your way in with Thai-speaking, charm and documentation! Has worked occasionally for me at some NPs and once at Pha Taem (though I don't claim too much charm!)]

 

* Visits have often been to take guests - we live 65km away

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