Other Destinations
Other Destinations1-Destination nearby Phnom Penh
- Destination Nearby Phnom Penh
- Southern Cambodia
- Northwestern Cambodia
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Eastern Cambodia

1. Destination Nearby Phnom Penh

Oudong
About an hour west of Phnom Penh, just off Route #5, lay the hills of the abandoned royal city, Oudong. Oudong was the capital of Cambodia from the early 17th century until 1866 when the capital was moved to Phnom Penh. Several temples, stupas and other structures cover three hills. the walk up the hill provides an excellent countryside view. There are stupas containing the remains of several Cambodian kings including King Monivong (1927-1941) and King Ang Duong (1845-1859). The earliest structure is from the 13th century. These hills were also the site of some of the Khmer Rouge's moost prolonged resistance against the encroaching Vietnamese army in 1979. For something completely different, take a side trip to 'Prasat Nokor Vimean Sour', a concrete, undyly ornate, semi-replica of Angkor Wat built circa 1998. Buses depart for Oudong every hour minutes from the Ho Wah Genting Station. 30000 R.

Kien Svay (Koki)

Thirty minutes east of Phnom Penh on Route #1. Hundreds of stilted wooden picnic platforms line the shore and float on the edge of a lake (Koki Beach). Rent a mat and snack on a variey of local delicacies. More for the locals than foreign visitors. Buses depart 8 times per day from the Ho Wah Genting station. 5000 R.


2-Southern Cambodia

TAKEO
Takeo in 77 km from Phnom Penh, the quiet, lakeside provincial capital, is an excellent base from which to take a zippy motorboat ride to the pre-Angkorian temples in the Angkor Borei area, and is an easy stop if you’re travelling between Phnom Penh and Kampot.

- Tonle Bati/Ta Prohm

Tonle Bati is a lake and popular picnic spot for the local bamboo picnic stands and mats by the water. On the road to Tonle Bati there are two Angkorian era temples, Ta Prohm and Yeay Peau, both of which offer some interesting bas-reliefs in fairly good condition. Both temples were built under Jayavarman VII in the late 12th century during the same period that Bayon and Angkor Thom in Siem Reap were constructed. Often combined with a visit to Phnom Chisor a bit further down Route #2. The turnoff road to the Tonle Bati area is near the 35km road marker.

- Ta Khmau Zoo/Phnom Tamao/Prasat Tamao
The phnom Tamao area is a popular destination for weekend holidayers from Phnom Penh, offering picnicking, a zoo and some minor Angkorian-era ruins. The Ta Khmau Zoological Gardens is Cambodia's newest and best zoo displaying a variety of animals including lions, tigers, bears, birds and more. An 11th century, Suryavarman I temple ruin in very poor condition (Prasat Tamao) sits at the top of Phnom Tamao. Route #2 to the 39km mile marker.

- Phnom Chi Sor: It’s a long hike up the stairway to the top and some very nicely preserved 10th /11th century temple ruins. The 503 steps to the top of the hill make for a fairly vigorous climb but the quality of the ruins and the amazing view of the countryside make the climb worth.
The highest point of the big hill has a small Buddhist temple and shrine set up with an old monk giving blessings to Cambodians that make the pilgrimage to the top. The main temple area is the 11th century Angkor era ruins on the other side of the hilltop area. It’s an interesting structure that still has a few artwork carvings and inscriptions intact, although this temple has also suffered at the hands of looters. The east side of the temple complex also offeres more magnificent views of the area.

- Prasat Neang Khmau

Two small Angkorian era temples built in the 10th century C.E. under King Jayavarman IV. The temple complex is named after Neang Khmau, 'Black Lady', whose statue is located in front of the temples. The nearby modern era pagoda sits on the site of a third temple ruin. Buses depart for Takeo every hour from the Ho Wah Genting station. Get off near the 51 km road marker.

-Angkor Borei is a town in the area of several ruins and archaeological digs. The area has been continuously inhabited for at least 2500 years and has yielded artifacts dating from the Funan period (4th /5th century) and Chenla (8th century) as well as the later Angkorian period. The small temple of Ashram Maha Rosei below the hill, Phnom Da, was constructed in the late 7th-early 8th century, during the Chenla period, under Bahavavarman. The prasat ruins of Phnom Da on top of the hill are 11th century C.E. Angkorian era constructed under King Rudravarman. Note the carvings on the lintels and the unusual north-facing entrance. There is a small museum in Angkor Borei displaying some of the artifacts from the area.

- Museum: In Takeo province, there is a museum located at Ang Kor Bo Rey District. The museum is just built under auspice of EU organization for keeping and displaying status and ancient objects of Phnom Da in 16th century for tourists and researchers.

- Phnom Ba Yong Resort: The temple of Ba Yang was built on the top of 313-metre mountain of Ba Yang in the 7th century 615-635 by the kings Mo Hen Trak Varman and Ey San Varman, the temple made of laterite stone, brick and other kind of stone. Nowadays, the temple is severely ruined, pieces of the temple spread on the ground, the top broken and the laterite fence also completely damaged. Ba Yang is the historical site, which attracts local and international tourists to visit and research about the tourist potential and the heritage masterpiece of Cambodian ancestors.

3- Northwestern Cambodia

Kompong Chhnang: (Clay Pot Port), on the Tonlé Sap River, is a tale of two cities and only 91km from Phnom Penh: the leafy centre, its focal point a grassy park, and the bustling dockside. Nearby sights include two floating villages and a hamlet famous for its distinctive pottery. By land, the town is a straightforward stop on the way from Phnom Penh to Battambang or an easy day trip from the capital, perhaps combined with a visit to Udong. You can also get to Kompong Chhnang by water; usually it’s possible to get off the Phnom Penh-Siemreap fast boat here.

- The golden-hued mud piled up in the yards of Ondong Rossey is quarried at nearby Phnom Krang Dai Meas and pounded into fine clay before being shaped and fired; only at the last stage does it acquire a pinkish hue. Pieces, including piggy banks, can be purchased at the Pottery Development Center.

- Banteay Chhmar

Banteay Chhmar is the historical site which was built between 12th and 13th centuries during the reign of King, Jar Varman VII. The temple is located at Thmar Puok District, along the National Road No 59A.
Nowadays, the temple is damaged because of war and gangs of offenders who have stolen statues and the temple stone for selling them to Thailand.
In addition, there are some other temples in Ban Teay Mean Chey province such as Banteay Neang, Banteay Torp, Pra Sat Preah Chhor and Pra Sat Pram as well that have mostly been abandoned and not arranged.

- Nature Wildlife Preserves:
Ang Trapeang Thmar located 56-kilometer distance from theprovincial town.

- Sculpture Handicraft: In Chungcheang Village , 24 km (48mn) from Provincial Town

- Weaving Handicraft : In Srah Chik Village, 51 km (1h: 42mn) from Provincial town.

Battambang Province:
- Ek Phnom is an 11th century Angkorian-era ruin built as a Hindu temple under Suryavarman I. The temple consists of prasats on a platform with some carvings in pretty good condition. Wat Ek Phnom, a modern pagoda, sits next to the ruin. The river road drive to Ek Phnom from Battambang passes through small villages and rice paddies and is an absolutely beautiful countryside drive. (Add photos)
Phnom Banan is a mountain top, 11th century Angkorian-era ruin consisting of five prasats. Peaceful location with a nice view of the area. Also L’Ang But Meas cave. Very old(150 years+) active pagoda at the base of the mountain.

- Phnom Sampeou Mountain,
steeped in legend, and topped by Wat Sampeou and a group of caves used as ‘killing caves’ by the Khmer Rouge, containing the skeletal remains of their victims. The wat is unexceptional but the view is spectacular. Ask about the legend of Neang Rumsay Sok.

- Pagodas:
Both Battambang town and the surrounding countryside are replete with pagodas, some of them very old and highly respected.

- Provincial Museum:
The Battambang Provincial Museum on the riverfront in the center of town houses a large collection of Angkorian and pre-Angkorian artifacts - statues, carvings, bits of ancient temples, pottery, etc. One of the best provincial museums.
Countryside Tours

- The Bamboo train:
is a unique and creative form of ad-hoc local transportation. It consists of a small (perhaps 2.5m x 4m), motorcycle engine-powered bamboo cart that rides the railroad rails picking up and dropping off passengers, cargo, animals, motorcycles along the way. When it meets on on-coming train or bamboo train, it can be disassembled and taken off the rails in a minute or two, allowing the other to pass. When touring the countryside ask your driver to take you to a rail crossing where you can meet a bamboo train to take a ride.

Oddar Meachey
- BORDER CHECK-POINT OF OU SMACH Located at the border of Cambodia-Thailand in 41-kilometer distance from the provincial town by Road No 68. Ou Smach is the man-made tourist site, which has been invested by Royal Group Company and VTP shop Group Company on Casino, five-star hotel and restaurants. The site has been organized as the entertainment spot in international standard.

- THE CULTURAL SITE OF KHMER ROUGE (TAMU HOUSE)  in Oddor Meanchey. The place displayed statues depicting the lifestyle and troop arrangement of Khmer Rouge during the period of their struggle against the Royal Government. This area had been organized and controlled by Khmer Rouge since 1979 to the end of 1997. The cultural site of Khmer Rouge is located at the center of An Lung Veng Districial in 100-kilometer distance from the provicial town by Road No 68. At present, there are many tourists who visit the area and take picture of Khmer Rouge activities remain.

- WORLD HERITAGE SITE PREAH VIHEAR TEMPLE

The Preah Vihear temple is located slightly east of the midsection of the mountain range of Dangrek. It is also perched on the edge of a giant cliff, 625 meters above sea level, in the northern part of Preah Vihear Province, Kingdom of Cambodia. Lying out on an 800-meter north-south axis, the Preah Vihear complex has a single imposing approach, leading up through a series of five towered entrance pavilions connected by causeways and 120-meter-long steps. Stunningly sitting at the top of the Preah Vihear temple, the main sanctuary is surrounded by libraries and other structures.

As a result of its finest carvings in situ found there, the Preah Vihear Temple was officially declared a world Heritage Site on July 7, 2008 by the 21-Nation World Heritage Committee of the UNESCO in Quebec City, Canada. This historic Victory is achieved from the energetic efforts of the Royal Government of Cambodia under the brilliant ant wise leadership of Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Decho Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the kingdom of Cambodia.

- Koh Ker

Constructed: 10th century
King Patron: Jayavarman VII
Religion: Hinduism
This early 10th century capital of Cambodia was the direct result of a power struggle within the monarchy at Angkor.Jayavarman IV grabbed the throne in Angkor and decided to set up shop somewhere else and what resulted is the ancient city of Koh Ker. According to Cambodians from the area, the city had around fifty temples. Following the king's death. The monarchy was again moved and seated in Angkor and was poised for a very significant period of the powerful empire's history.

- Preah Khan (Bah kahn)

Preah Khan means Sacred Sword, which usually refers to the sword of a king or god (kings were considered to be godlike). Preah Khan is a complex of ancient temples and structures of the supporting city that surrounded them. It was built in the 10 th century for Hindu worship and later changed with the times to incorporate the Buddhist beliefs that evolved in ancient Cambodia .
From Kampong Thom town to this turn off is 93 km (from Kampong Thom Market).

Kampong Thom province :
It is located 162 km north of Phnom Penh Capital a long Nation Road No 6 to Siem Reap Province. Kampong is one the five provinces surrounding the Tonle Sap Lake.

- Phnom Santuk (Phnom Sontuk; 207m), its flanks decorated with Buddha images and a series of pagodas, is the most important holy mountain in this region and a site of Buddhist pilgrimage. It’s attractively set high above the surrounding countryside, which means there are lots of stairs to climb – 809, in fact.

- Sambor Prei Kuk: Cambodia’s most impressive group of pre-Angkorian monuments, encompasses more than 100 mainly brick temples scattered through the forest, among them some of the oldest structures in the country. Originally called Isanapura, Sambor Prei Kuk was the capital of Chenla during the reign of the early-7th-century King Isanavarman and continued to be an important learning centre during the Angkorian era.

4- Eastern Cambodia

Kampong Cham
Kampong Cham is a gateway to the real Cambodia a land of picturesque villages, pretty wats and fishing communities. More a quiet town than a bustling city, it is a peaceful provincial capital spread along the banks of the Mekong. It was an important trading post during the French period, the legacy evident as you wander through the streets of chastened yet classic buildings.

- Koh Paen is a rural island in the Mekong River, connected to the southern reaches of Kampong Cham town by an elaborate bamboo bridge in the dry season or a local ferry in the wet season. The bamboo bridge is an attraction in itself, totally built by hand each year and looking like it is made of matchsticks from afar. There are plenty of local wats on the island and locals make a living fishing, as well as growing tobacco and sesame.
During the dry season, several sandbars, the closest thing to a beach in this part of Cambodia, appear around the island. The best way to get about the island is by bicycle.

- Old French lighthouse: Looming over the Mekong River opposite town is an old French lighthouse. For years it was an abandoned shell, but has recently been renovated, including an incredibly steep metal staircase, more like a series of ladders. Don't attempt the climb if you are scared of heights, as it is a long way down. There are great views across the Mekong from the summit.

- Chup Rubber Plantations: Chup about 15km east of Kompong Cham, a rubber plantation in the region established by the French tyre maker Michelin in 1924.

- Wat Nokor:The original fusion temple, Wat Nokor is a modern Theravada Buddhist pagoda squeezed into the walls of an 11th-century Mahayana Buddhist shrine of sandstone and laterite.

- Man hill and Woman hill: short trekking to both hills before drive to Phnom Penh.