Preah Khan Kompong Svay
Preah Khan Kompong Svay
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Michael P
Bangkok, Thailand6,636 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
In March 2016, when I first visited Prasat Preah Vihear and Banteay Chhmar, Preah Khan Kompong Svay (PKKS) was also on my list. The temple complex is easy enough to find on Google Maps, situated 100 kilometers East of Angkor, as the crow flies. But roads and crows take different routes, and by road, Google Maps tells a different story: 167 kilometers with a travel time of 3 hours and 23 minutes, far too long for a day outing. Naturally, the roads were reported to be in very bad condition, a small car might not reach the ancient site. Then there was the price, I received a quote of $150 (USD) to make the journey.

I decided to keep PKKS on the to-do list, and only visit under my own steam, by self-driving with a rental car.

Seven years later, in July 202, I hired a car from Avis Car Rental in Phnom Penh and completed a 14-day road trip. Not just a car, but a Ford Wildtrak 4x4 pickup truck. With a 3.2-liter engine, this vehicle is overkill for most of Cambodia, particularly in the north where the tarmac roads are generally very good. Still, these four-door trucks are very comfortable, have all the bells and whistles, and are fun to drive. My journey started in Phnom Penh with a night in Stueng Saen, Kampong Thom province, and then onto PKKS via National Road 62.

The turn-off at the junction of road 2623 is well marked with a large sign indicating the direction of “Sangkum Thmei District”. Twenty kilometers of pothole-filled sealed road link Sangkum Thmei village with National Road 62.

The next leg is a 27-kilometer stretch of graded dirt road. A large fleet of heavy earth-moving equipment was involved in extensive road work in preparation for pouring asphalt, or at least that’s my impression. The road was, for the most part, very smooth and was a pleasure to drive on. At some point in the journey, it started to rain which helped to keep the dust down. I imagine it would be quite dusty in the dry season.

Located next to Ta Sêng village, Sangkum Thmei District, Preah Vihear province, the 22 square kilometer temple complex is not on the UNESCO list, has had little restoration work, and is in ruins. Due to the remoteness of this site, it was heavily looted, the damage is easy to see in the destruction of bas-relief sculptures and statues.

When I reached the site, I was the only foreigner and it was hard to identify the staff from the villagers. I did not see anything that resembled a ticket booth or vendor, nor was there anyone checking tickets. The only person I interacted with, no one spoke English, took me on a tour of the inner enclosures.

The grounds were unkept, the locals were grazing cows and buffaloes within the walls of this once-great religious monument.

Ta Sêng’s tiny village center is roughly 3 kilometers from the main temple enclosure. There is at least one very basic homestay available. I had considered spending a night here but moved north to Preah Vihear City instead. The next day I drove back to PKKS for an early morning visit. It’s roughly a two-hour drive between the two.
Written 28 March 2024
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cambodia taxi driver
Siem Reap, Cambodia864 contributions
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Jan 2024 • Couples
I just been at prasat Preah khan kamong 2023 jan . I am happy after i saw the road to preah khan just building very nice condition , all the temple was very beautiful and interesting . i just confirmed road very good now
Written 10 January 2024
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Heng Reach
Sihanoukville, Cambodia5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Family
I had Been Presh Khan temple with family it was amazing . So many Temple in Big temple. and every temple it have name different also the temple not so many Tourists to go there I hope in Future so many Tourists go to visit 😍😍😍
Written 25 May 2019
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Hak B
Siem Reap, Cambodia393 contributions
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May 2019 • Friends
The temple in deep forest and quiet and the road is ok before you reach to Preahkhan kampong svay you can visit elephant temple and very huge reservoir built by King Jayavarman 7 and it was training army before fought with Cham , if you would like adventure and enjoy with nature please go there
Written 13 May 2019
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Bezi
London, UK659 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
Once again this is a group of temples rather than just one. There is an elephant temple and a smiling Buddha one in the same area. Originally there was a huge reservoir but now it is half full and you can walk to a temple in what would have been the middle of the lake.
The main temple is huge, unfortunately, due to its remote location it has been seriously looted with parts of the original stone broken into small pieces as they smashed into the temples.
This area is way off the beaten track and you will be lucky if you see another tourist, it's out of the way for the locals as well so there is a chance of seeing and hearing birds!
Written 27 March 2018
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megaworldasia360
Phuket, Thailand491 contributions
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Sept 2017 • Solo
The Khmer historical site of PREAH KHAN KAMPONG SVAY is one of the least visited temple ruins Cambodia, and also one of the best. The day I visited I was the only sightseer there. It is 104 Km from the nearby provincial town of Kampong Thom and will take approximately 2.5 hours to reach there. NOTE: during the rainy season the travel time may be longer due to potholes filled with water in the final 50 km stretch of road dirt. There is no public transport of any kind going out to this site so transportation must be with a hired four wheel drive vehicle or a motor cross bike. The price for trip to Preah Khan historical site in a hired four wheel drive vehicle = USD 100. NOTE: the best place to arrange for a vehicle hire is at the Arunras Hotel. The staff on the desk speak reasonable English and can put you in touch with a transport provider. NOTE: there is a laminated price chart at the Arunras Hotel giving the prices of all trips. These are standardised and not negotiable. I checked the price at three different hotels in kampong Thom, and they were all the same.

The best time for a visitation to the PREAH KHAN historical site is in the morning. The standard weather pattern in the area is hot in the morning and raining in the afternoon. For those getting serious about photography, I would suggest departing Kampong Thom at 5.00 AM. This will put you on site at about 7.30 – 8.00 AM. There is a USD 5 entry fee for each person.

For more in-depth information on the remote temple sites of Cambodia, check out my travel blog: megaworldasia dot com - South East Asia's specialist in off the Beaten Track destinations.
Written 20 September 2017
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Thong-pai
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Friends
The temples at preah khan are amazing and the place is basically as big as angkor wat but the difference is that in preah khan you will most likely be the only tourist there.

However, it is quite a hassle getting there. Me and my friends had to take a bus to Kompong Thom which is one of the cities closest to the temple. We stayed there one night, next morning we got up early and we got to the temple (approx 3 hour drive) and when we got back we had to stay another night to catch a bus out of Kompong Thom.

To get a driver to the temple we just asked a couple of tuk-tuk drivers and one of them had a brother who owned a car and he was willing to take us there. We paid 20$/pax for 4 persons. I dont know about any tourist agency that offers tours so I think asking the locals is the way to go!

I would say it was completely worth the extra work just to get away from all the tourists and as I wrote earlier, the temples are amazing! The area is huge and even though som ruins have collapsed, many of the buildings still stand. Basically an untouched angkor wat in The middle of the Cambodian jungle!
Written 24 April 2017
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bcsomm
Dili, Timor-Leste65 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
We had a bit of an adventure getting here, but was worth the effort.

One of the more remote temple complexes, it was only really relatively recently opened up. It was looted in the 1990s with jackhammers so it’s not as well preserved as some other places, but there are a number of reasonably large temples spread throughout the forest (some very overgrown). Most are close to the road, but one required a short walk and a bit of an explore to find it!

No food sellers here so BYO picnic!

Note: If self driving, there is a large green sign on Road 62 directing you towards Prasat Preah Khan at the Phnom Dek junction via Road 2623, this is also the road recommended by Google maps. This road had sections which were impassable by a 4WD in wet season. We would recommend driving further north on Road 62 and taking the turn off on Road 2623A (at Svay Pak, 64kms south of Krong Preah Vihear or 93km north of Kompong Thom – not signposted from the main road, but there were signs along the way at every intersection thereafter). This is a bumpy dirt road, but it was passable. You can also supposedly get through to Koh Ker from here (according to the lovely folks from Betreed), but we'd already used our car winch to get our 4WD out of being bogged on the 'impassable road' so decided not to chance it.
Written 30 September 2016
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Jeff H
Walnut, CA138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016
Prasat Bakan was the the second capital city of the Khmer empire after Angkor and the most inaccessible temple complex in Cambodia. It is located in the forest about 130km northeast of Siem Reap in Preah Vihear Province.

It can be reached either from the east or the south but either route involves hours of offroad driving through a bewildering maze of dirt roads with no signage or landmarks. Hire an expert guide and interview them to make sure they have actually made the journey themselves and are very familiar with the route. It is an all-day trip either out of Kompong Thom or from Siem Reap.

The site is very remote and sees very few visitors and you will likely be the only visitor there. The walled city is approximately 600 square meters with 4 gates. While the main trails are easy to traverse, much of it is overgrown. As such, be careful climbing on the structures as there may be snakes.

This is the closest thing to an Indiana Jones experience. See it before the crowds arrive.

Written 7 July 2016
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Angkor Best Driver
Siem Reap, Cambodia695 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Couples
On 2014 we went to visit the prasat preah khan kampong sway temple or prasat Balang kampong sway temple , this temple temple very nice but it far a bit and stand in the forest , don't don't must tourist reach at this temple , i want to recommend all the tourist come to see get to know the preah khan temple , before this temple belong to kampong thom province but before to preah vihear temple , if you start the tour from Kampong thom province around 2h:30minute will be reach other , from preah vihear province only 1h:30 minute , if you start from siem reap province around 4h will be arriving this temple , Now the road to go there very nice ,
Written 20 February 2015
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