Day Trips around Phnom Penh

Phnom Chisor Tonlé Bati Phnom Udong Angkor Borei Silk Island

 

Phnom Chisor

Phnom Chisor CambodiaSpectacular views accompany this Angkorian-era temple. located in the Takeo Province Phnom Chisor was once known as the site of Suryagiri. Inscriptions here are dated back to the 11th century. Modern Monks reside in the Buddhist Vihara nearby. Best visited in the early part of the day or late afternoon as it sits high on a hilltop. A climb of around 500 steps to the top of the hill is worth the effort as the view of the surrounding countryside is rather spectacular. Located Approximately 2 hours south of Phnom Penh.

 

Temples Tonlé Bati

Tonlé Bati CambodiaTwo temples with an interesting historical background, Ta Prohm and Yeay Peau and its nearby Wat, a modern cement structure heavily damaged by the Khmer Rouge are among the most interesting places to see in Tonlé Bati. This is also a popular picnic area with the locals with numerous bamboo beds and mats by the water. Tonle Bati is approximately 1 hour south of Phnom Penh.

 

Phnom Udong

Phnom Udong CambodiaOnce the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Udong is now a quiet town boasting magnificent views of the Cambodian countryside. The two humps of Phnom Udong are its main attraction with several stupas on each end of the ridge.

Ta-san Mosque (with heavily damaged walls, evidence of the Khmer Rouge rule), Phnom Vihear Leu (vihara on two white poles) and Arey Ka Sap (pagoda) are among some the interesting sites on the smaller ridge. On the larger ridge, Phnom Preah Reach Throap boasts an impressive structure in Vihear Preah Ath Roes, along with viharas that house statues of Buddha, as well as large stupas decorated with interesting design and colors. Follow the staircase down to its base to view the decorated pavilion of graphics of the Khmer Rouge and visit the Memorial of the victims of Pol Pot.

 

Phnom Da & Angkor Borei

Angkor Borei Phnom Da CambodiaLocated in Takeo province approx 2 hours south of Phnom Penh. Aphnom Dangkor Borei is a tiny town located in and around archaeological digs, while there are no real significant temple ruins here a small museum displays artifacts from around the area and provides information on recent archaeological discoveries. The area here has been inhabited for over 2500 years. Nearby approx 18km away is Phnom Da here you will find a beautiful Angkorian Prasat with some well-preserved carvings this temple was dedicated to Shiva and was constructed in the 11th century under the reign of King Rudravarman. A little further down the hill are the temple ruins of Ashram Maha Rosei.

Silk Island

Silk Island CambodiIf you are interested in Silk and Silk weaving this half day trip is worth the effort. Situated about 1 hour away by boat is Koh Dach the silk weaving island. It’s a fascinating village with almost everything here related to the production of silk. This area does not have too many tourists so it’s a great adventure. Spinning, Weaving, and dyeing of silk from start to a finished product is done here. Their impressive Handlooms and ingenious equipment made from all sorts of bits and pieces can be seen. They are very interesting pieces of equipment to see and watch in operation. Walk around the village and view the many beautiful handcrafted silk items. A beautiful souvenir to take home is hard to refuse from the local sellers and the perfect Khmer gift for yourself or friend. It’s also a great opportunity to see a typical Cambodian village.

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