Cambodia's most dramatically situated Angkorian monument, this 800m-long temple is perched atop an escarpment in the Dangrek Mountains (elevation 625m) – with breathtaking views of lowland Cambodia, 550m below, stretching as far as the eye can see. In July 2008, Prasat Preah Vihear was declared Cambodia’s second Unesco World Heritage Site (after the Angkor Archaeological Complex in Siem Reap).
Cambodia and Thailand have been sparring over ownership of Prasat Preah Vihear for centuries, with tensions flaring up most recently from 2008 to 2011. There is still a large military presence in and around the temple – ostensibly for security, though it might make some visitors uncomfortable, and money or cigarettes are occasionally requested by soldiers. Always check the latest security situation when in Siem Reap or Phnom Penh, before making the long overland journey here.