Construction has begun on a 3,000-metre staircase up to Preah Vihear, aimed at adventure oriented tourists. Sounds all well and good on paper, but I wonder if a 3km uphill climb is all that attractive…
Phnom Penh Post, 21 October 2009
Officials in Preah Vihear province have hired workers to construct a 3,000-metre staircase to make Preah Vihear temple more accessible to tourists.
Om Phirom, chief of the Preah Vihear Heritage Police, said work on the staircase â€“ which runs adjacent to a stone staircase he described as â€œancientâ€ but unusable â€“ had begun two weeks ago, adding that he expected it to be finished before the end of the year.
â€œWe will have this wooden staircase along the old one for tourists to walk up to Preah Vihear temple,â€ he said. â€œIt is for tourists to enjoy the temple.â€
He added: â€œTourists, especially foreign tourists, like to do adventure travel, so they will be excited to walk by the ancient staircase.â€