Located at the border with Thailand, Preah Vihear temple is the major attraction of the Preah Vihear province and was recently listed as UNESCO World Heritage site. Its history dates back to the 9th century and its staircase is guarded by impressive nagas (mythological creatures). Its north-south axis is unusual among Khmer temples.

Apart from this site, the 10th century capital Koh Ker and the Preak Kham temples are worth a visit. The capital of the province, Phom Tbeng Meanchey, has no tourist interest but is a stopover on the way to other more interesting sites and it provides basic accommodation.

Transportation in the province is poor and travellers get around with buses and collective taxis. Sad testimonies of wartime, landmines remain real dangers here so do not stray off the beaten track.

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