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Preah Vihear Cambodia World heritage open court impression

Preah Vihear a Khymer World Heritage Site Cambodia

I made the trip in 2006 and went with family for 1/2 day.  Then was controlled by Thailand but the dispute has settled and now Cambodia is in charge and safe to travel there

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Haew Suwat Waterfall is in Khao Yai Nation Park Thailand. It is a beautiful waterfall of Khao Yai Nation Park and originates from Houy Lam Takhong , flowing through high cliff a 25 M. and a pool below. The Nation Park have a sign post “No Swimming” because worry about Acute flash flood, In the rainy season the water falling is very strong is filled aerosol but if it is in the dry season so can traverses into the small hole, under the cliff of waterfall. Khao Yai Nation Park is The first national park in Thailand, Has been declared a National Park on 18 September 1962 and has been referred to as a. “ASEAN Heritage Park” and “World Heritage Site by UNESCO.”

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Restaurants in the international tourist is open daily : Monday – Friday from 07.00 – 18.00. and Saturday – Sunday 07.00 – 21.00.

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Viewpoint km. 30 if you came from Prachinburi Gate so this viewpoint is last before go down from The Nation Park for go to Pak Chong District of Nakhon Rachasrima Province.

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Get beneath the surface - The InsideVietnam Blog

Phong Nha Cave

The national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Phong Nha-Ke Bang in Vietnam (which we recently mentioned in Five lesser-known destinations to visit in Vietnam), is about to drop its prices – according to various news sources.

The park, which is located in central Vietnam, grabbed public attention in 2005 with the discovery of “Paradise Cave” (Thien Duong Cave) and again in 2009 when explorers stumbled across Son Doong Cave – the largest in the world. Since then, authorities have had plenty of difficult decisions to make regarding development and how best to tackle the issue of tourism to the area without negatively impacting the caves themselves.

Phong Nha National Park

Claiming a need to raise money to maintain the caves, local authorities almost doubled entrance fees to each of the caves for the new year – bringing the fee from VND 120,000 to VND 250,000 (£3.70-£7.80 / $5.60-$11.80) for Paradise Cave, and…

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Five lesser-known destinations to visit in Vietnam

Get beneath the surface - The InsideVietnam Blog

You’ve heard all about Hanoi, Saigon, Halong Bay and imperial Hue – but what of the Vietnam’s lesser-known destinations?

The following are our pick of the best of Vietnam’s lesser-known – yet thoroughly worthwhile – locations; from a tropical island off the southern tip of the country to one of the world’s largest cave systems in central Vietnam and towering karst scenery in the north. It’s enough to get anyone’s feet itching!

1. Mai Chau

Mai Chau is a district located in rural Hòa Bình Province in the northwest of Vietnam, about 65km from the regional capital and about 160km from Hanoi.

Whilst not exactly “off the beaten track”, Mai Chau is a long way from Vietnam’s big cities and makes a fantastic place to discover a little of rural life. Home to the Black Thai and White Thai tribes (whose ancestors settled here from Thailand), Mai Chau is known for its…

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Preah Vihear Temple World Heritage Site Cambodia Trip made Nov 2006

Preah Vihear Cambodia

Preah Vihear Cambodia

 

I made this trip with Thai friends and we just piled into the car and I had no idea where we were going.  Not uncommon to just go along “up to you”. Only spent about 4 or 5 hours and at the time did not know anything about the site. The entrance is on the Thai side and walk thru the border crossing into Cambodia and the site.  It is now closed due to conflict between Thailand and Cambodia on what country the site sits, Thailand or Cambodia. Link to Google map

Update: march 2015  The site can be visited only from  Cambodia

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The following is taken from Wikipedia

 

Preah Vihear Temple (Khmer: ប្រាសាទព្រះវិហារ]]) is an ancient temple built during the reign of Khmer Empire, that is situated atop a 525-metre (1,722 ft) cliff in the Dângrêk Mountains, in the Preah Vihear province, Cambodia. In 1962, following a lengthy dispute between Thailand and Cambodia over ownership, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague awarded the temple to Cambodia.[1]

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, as well as the Khao Phra Wihan National Park which borders it in Thailand’s Sisaket province and through which the temple is most easily accessible. On July 7, 2008, Preah Vihear was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[2]

The temple complex runs 800 m (2,600 ft) along a north-south axis facing the plains to the north, from which it is now cut off by the international border. It consists essentially of a causeway and steps rising up the hill towards the sanctuary, which sits on the clifftop at the southern end of the complex (120 m/390 ft above the northern end of the complex, 525 m/1,722 ft above the Cambodian plain and 625 m/2,051 ft above sea level). Although this structure is very different from the temple mountains found at Angkor, it serves the same purpose as a stylised representation of Mount Meru, the home of the gods.

The approach to the sanctuary is punctuated by five gopuras (these are conventionally numbered from the sanctuary outwards, so gopura five is the first to be reached by visitors). Each of the gopuras before the courtyards is reached by a set of steps, and so marks a change in height which increases their impact. The gopuras also block a visitor’s view of the next part of the temple until they pass through the gateway, making it impossible to see the complex as a whole from any one point.

The fifth gopura, in the Koh Ker style, retains traces of the red paint with which it was once decorated, although the tiled roof has now disappeared. The fourth gopura is later, from the Khleang/Baphuon periods, and has on its southern outerpediment, “one of the masterpieces of Preah Vihear” (Freeman, p. 162) : a depiction of the Churning of the Sea of Milk. The third is the largest, and is also flanked by two halls. The sanctuary is reached via two successive courtyards, in the outer of which are two libraries.

You can see more photos of Preah Vihear in part 1 and 2  These are few of the ones not posted.

via jackie littletaylor | Preah Vihear Temple World Heritage Site Cambodia Trip made Nov 2006.

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