Phra Wihan, or Preah Vihear in Khmer, is set atop a 547 meter spike of the Dongrek mountains.
Located on the Thai-Cambodian border about 140 kilometers southwest of Ubon Ratchathani, there has been a long-running dispute between Cambodia and Thailand over ownership due to the fact that the temple entrance is accessible from just inside the Thai border but the central sanctuary stands on Cambodian soil.
Climb to the summit
Built around the same time as Phanom Rung as a tribute to the Hindu God Shiva, this is one of the most astonishing religious monuments to be seen in Thailand. The steep climb to the summit is rewarded with rest stops at the various temple platforms and the spectacular views from the top are truly worth the climb.
Preah Vihear is an historical landmark and bears witness to centuries of worship, and, in recent years, was as a former stronghold of the Khmer Rouge.
At the time of writing there is a standoff between Cambodian and Thai troops in the grounds of the temple complex. It relates to the decision by UNESCO to award World Heritage status to Preah Vihear.
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Map of Phra Wihan
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Places near Phra Wihan
- Khong Jiam 125 kilometers away
- Phanom Rung 207 kilometers away
- Phimai 269 kilometers away
- Nakhon Phanom 331 kilometers away
- Khao Yai National Park 360 kilometers away
- Isaan 393 kilometers away
- Koh Kood 398 kilometers away
- Udon Thani 399 kilometers away
- Koh Munnork 400 kilometers away
- Koh Samet 424 kilometers away
- Nong Khai 446 kilometers away
- Ayutthaya 463 kilometers away
- Bangkok 475 kilometers away
- Loei Province 478 kilometers away