Day Trips from Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Spectacular views accompany this Angkorian-era temple surrounded by ruins, located in the Takeo Province. 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 country side is rather spectacular. Located Approximately 2 hours south of Phnom Penh.
Temples Tonlé Bati
Two 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.
Once 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 (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 Vehear Preh Ath Roes, along with viharas that house statues of Buddha, as well as large stupas decorated with interesting design and colours. 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
Located in Takeo province aprox 2 hours south of Phnom Penh Angkor Borei is a tiny town in and around archaeological digs while there is 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 aprox 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.