Angkor Wat Cambodia

After Siem Reap, Preah Vihear Province is home to more major temple sights.  T'beng Meanchy the capital of the province is a good home base for getting out to the sites. T'beng Meanchey is normally accessed via Kampong Thom.  The Big 4 sites in the province are Ko Ker (we put this site on a separate page)  Prasat Bakan (also known as Preah Khan), Preah Vihear, and Neak Buos.  On this page we worked our way north.

 

PRASAT BAKAN

Prasat Bakan is usually acessed along Route 66 from Siem Reap as this scenic route from Beng Malea crosses ancient bridges.  Prasat Bakan is one of 3 sites in the Kingdom that has the "Mok Boun"  four headed tower.  Bayon in Angkor Thom and Banteay Chmar in Banteay Meanchey are the others.  It can be reached from the road between T'ben Meanchey and Kampong Thom, however during rainy season a river cuts of acessibility.

 Mok Boun  

"MOK BOUN"   THIS TEMPLE SITS EAST OF THE MAIN SITE OUTSIDE OF THE TEMPLE WALLS

 

Khmer Girl

FARM GIRL ALONG THE WAY    NOTE THE DEMINING MARKERS ON THIS HEAVILY MINED AREA

 

Ancient Cambodian Bridge

ELEVEN KILOMEERS WEST OF KUAU, THIS BRIDGE IS A TRANQUIL SPOT IN THE JUNGLE

 

Prasat_Bakan

"MOK BOUN"   BEING OVERTAKEN BY THE JUNGLE

 

Prasat Bakan

THE MAIN ENTRANCE TO PRASAT BAKAN

 

Prasat Bakan

SECONDARY ENTRANCE TO THE MAIN TEMPLE

 

Preah Khan

THE MAIN SITE AT PRASAT BAKAN

 

Looting at Prasat Bakan

DUE TO IT'S ISOLATED LOCATION PRAST BAKAN HAS BEEN RAVAGED BY LOOTERS WHO WORK UNDISTURBED

 

Bathing Khmer Girl

BATHING BY THE BRIDGE NEAR KUAU

 

        Kraupong Chuuk            Preah Lien

KRAUPONG CHUUK  AND PREAH LIEN DAMREI SOH JUST OFF THE ROAD BETWEEN KAMPONG THOM AND T'BENG MEANCHEY

 

PREAH VIHEAR

This temple sits just inside Cambodia on the northern border with Thailand. Though it was determined it is Cambodia's by a UN Court in 1962, it has been used politically on many occasions. Since  2008 through 2011 Thailand has used the temple to create nationalism to try to unify the Red and Yellow Shirts. Consequently the temple has been damaged by fighting and many people needlessly lost their lives during the dispute. This Temple should be promoted not only by Cambodia, but Thailand as well so that both countries can benefit from the rich history on both sides of the border.

On the Road Again

VILLAGERS NEAR PREAH VIHEAR

 

Preah Vihear 

PREAH VIHEAR

 

Pra Wihan       Preah Vihear

STUNNING VIEWS INTO CAMBODIA FROM PREAH VIHEAR

 

Preah Vihear

PREAH VIHEAR

 

Preah Vihear

ENTRANCE TO PREAH VIHEAR

 

NEAK BUOS

Neak Buos (Cambodian say Neck Bo) is a major site located 118K north of T'beng Meanchey and just north east of the town of Choam Ksan.  It is not an easy temple to get to as trails fork and you can find yourself back tracking.  GPS coordinates on our GPS page. The temple sits at the base of the mountain range that borders Thailand and Cambodia.  The area surrounding the temple is heavily mined so stick to the marked paths. Entering into the temple you will come across some ruins outside of the main temple grounds. The Temple is surrounded by a deteriorating wall and like Prasat Bakan it too has fallen victim to looters and vandals. The different architecture ie brick and stone indicate this site has had a long history.

Khmer girl going to Market

OFF TO THE MARKET IN CHOAM KSAN

 

Neak Buos       Neak Buos

THE ENTRANCE TO THE MAIN SITE AND A PRASAT WITHIN THE TEMPLE WALLS

Vandalized temple Cambodia

DESTRUCTION BY POOR LOOTING ATTEMPTS HAS RENDERED THIS PIECE USELESS FOR ALL

 

Looting    Damaged temple

CRUDE TOOLS USED FOR LOOTING AND THE DETROYED LINTEL AT THE MAIN PRASAT

 

Vandalism at its worst

NOT EVEN LOOTING BUT RATHER VANDALISM

 

Neak Buos      Neak Buos

LATHED STONES IN A WINDOW AT THE TEMPLE OUTSIDE OF THE MAIN SITE AND REMANTS OF A STOLEN STATUE

 

Prasat Neak Buos

NEAK BUOS ONE OF THE LARGEST BRICK PRASATS OUTSIDE OF SIEM REAP

 

Neak Buos Entrance

THE MAIN ENTRANCE TO NEAK BUOS

 

Choam Ksan Market

THE AM MARKET RUSH IN CHOAM KSAN

 

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