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The last remaining real jungle temple I would say. It's an "easy" day trip from Siem Reap as the roads have improved (2019 status). Its still a 3 hour drive though and still best be done in a 4x4 as it's simply more comfortable.
There are 3 main spots to explore. Keep in mind that this city was once much larger as Angkor! First the elephant temple (Prasat Damrei) which is just in front of the baray. It has now an active hindu temple on the top. 2 beautiful elephants remain. I then recommend to visit first the main temple Prasat Bakan (the only place which has entrance fee of a few USD). It's a huge complex but the entrance gate is most beautiful (complete). A LOT is in ruins and a lot was looted but still many carvings can be seen. I didn't walk into the bush to see smaller structures but you can if you want.
I probably walked around for 90 minutes. Then just outside again is the Preah Stung Temple which is not fully collapsed and has a beautiful 4 sided tower with heads. Boeng Sre Temple is somewhere as well but I couldn't find it, probably overgrown. Did find a small baray there though. The Prasat Chatumuk statues where just restored when I visited. Beautiful! My last stop was the Mebon in the middle of the baray. Don't take the first road into the dry baray; check google maps until you're in the middle of the baray. Stop the car. Then walk straight to the center and you'll find it. Beautiful Garuda eagle carvings on top of 3 headed elephants. Amazing.
I have seen now most TWHS in Cambodia (just 2 near Phnom Penh remain) and Prah Khan de Kompong Svay deserves WHS status.
If it's well restored (=money) it for sure is an amazing complex.
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Today I visited Prah Khan starting from Kampong Thom by motorbike. We started driving to road 62 (to Preah Vihear City). On the return we drove by another way to end on the National Road 6 (to Siem Reap ). Bot ways take about 2h 45min. Both have about 30 min excellent asphalt road. All the rest is dirt road. Price include driver was 40 USD.
The temple seems a big complex, with big and small temples. Firth I visited Prasat Damrei, or the elephant temple. This is a small piramide with an active temple on it.
A second temple is Prasat Preah Thkol. This temple is almost complete ruined. But you can recognise simular structures as in Angkor.
Third is the biggest complex, also called Prah Khan. Here also a lot of collapsed towers. How ever still nice things to see and worth the big ride if you are interested in history.
The guards telled everyday there are between 2 and 15 visitors. 15 is when a minivan with Koreans or Japanese arrives.
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