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Trip Start Mar 10, 2007
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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Ubon Ratchathani was to be my base for visiting Prasat preah Vihear, as they call it in Cambodia, or khao phra wihan in Thai. This is the temple had wanted to make the excursion to whilst i was in Siam reap, but due to the wet season it had proved too difficult and costly at the time. I knew this journey was gonna be expensive, but i really didn't feel like skipping it after i had already missed Kong Lor so recently so i pressed ahead. Got the bus to the nearest town then got thoroughly overcharged for a motorbike from there out to the temple complex itself. Now the overcharging really begins. The bastard money grabbing Thais have made the area a national park, so even though he temple is on the Cambodian side, this still entitles he Thais to charge a 400 baht (about $12) entrance fee. then you have to pay 5 baht to cross the border, where the Cambodian money grabbing bastards charge you another $5 to see the temple. Great.
        The temple was nice, but really not worth it, as the day in total nearly cost me $40, the same as i paid to see all the temples at Angkor. It was a beautiful location, and the fog surrounding it gave it a great atmosphere, although it did prevent the great touted views of Cambodia, which was a bit of a disappointment. I'm still glad i did it though as otherwise I'd have been left wondering what I'd missed out on, and it convinced me I'd seen enough Angkor period temples for now. My advice to anyone interested in temples but not fanatical about them is that this is one you can afford to miss if your going to Angkor, whereas i would still recommend Wat Phu Champasak even if you've been to Angkor.
        Due my realisation of being a bit templed out, i returned to town, skipped the two towns i had planned on seeing and went straight to Bangkok, by the train.
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