Best things to do in Preah Vihear Province
Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.
Point of Interest
“FOUR THOUSAND ISLANDS (SI PHAN DON) The breathtaking 4000 Islands or Si Phan Don are located in a section of the Mekong River just north of the border with Cambodia and start from Don Khong, the largest island and capital of Khong District, Si Phan Don is an important wetland habitat for both bird and aquatic wildlife species- most notably the freshwater, endangered Irrawady Dolphin and also provides an important natural resource base that supports many local people through fishing and other indigenous activities. This area of the Mekong is unique from all others for its many islands, some of which are uninhabited and still remain in their pristine natural form.”
“When the local governor built this two-story French colonial-style home in 1935, he was so proud of himself that he christened it Sathanavoudthi, which means 'Garden of Eden' in an old Lao dialect. Level-headed locals just called it 'The Brick House'. In 2010 it was restored and now houses one of Laos' smallest museums. But the musical instruments, animal traps and photos of the Don Khon railway are worth a few minutes of your time. The furniture on the second floor is original. ”
Place of Worship
“About 6.5km northeast of Muang Saen, Wat Phu Khao Kaew was built on the site of some presumed pre-Khmer ruins, making it a holy spot for locals. Nothing of that era is visible; now there is a bright red and gold modern stupa and a large reclining Buddha in the arm-down, 'Entering Nirvana' posture. It sits atop some exposed bedrock and the beautiful Mekong-side perch is more of a reason to stop than any of the structures. It is also believed to be home to a naga (river serpent), though the entrance to its lair is covered. Don't be confused by the sign on the road that misspelled the last word as 'Kae'.”
“Although sugar palms can be seen across the island, Ban Hin Siew Tai is southern Laos' sugar capital. Many farmers here climb the trees twice a day to collect the juice and then boil it down to sugar, and if you see them working you are welcome to pop in for a visit. The sugar season is from November to February and early morning is the best time to go.”