Preah Vihear Province: Preah Khan is the third-largest of the Angkorian temples and lies buried deep in the heart of Preah Vihear province. It is often confused with a temple of the same name in Siem Reap near Angkor Wat, although who or what has caused this confusion is unclear.

The locals call it Prasat Bakan and will only look at you with a blank expression if asked about Preah Khan, making it very difficult for the uninitiated to find. But don’t worry, the temple is soon to be linked to the outrside world by a new toll road that will follow Route 66 from Siem Reap (boooo).

As well as being hidden deep in a wooded province, it is also awash in a sea of sand, testament to the ancient history of the area as being lake or river bed. Getting there is tough riding, but well-rewarded by a magnificent setting that lends itself well to camping. You can also play ‘hunt the Angkorian artifact’, following the old Angkorian highway west to Siem Reap (Route 66), which is dotted with 1,000-year-old bridges that link what are now heavily covered and rarely traveled ox-cart tracks.

Points Onward & Riding Conditions

At present Preah Khan is still pretty much cut off from the outside world, so anywhere you go from here is through deep sand and forest, little in the way of villages or traffic. If traveling independently BE PREPARED. Lots of water and spare parts, puncture repair kit and GPS.