Yesterday, we traveled 62 km south of Phnom Penh to visit the 11th century Hindu temple built by King Suryavarman at the top of Phnom Chisor in Takeo Province.
We went there by tuktuk (costing us $30 round trip) and it took us two hours to get there. The journey by tuktuk was somewhat bumpy and dusty, but I highly recommend it as you’ll witness the beautiful view of the surrounding countryside with the lovely scenes of Cambodians daily life.
We arrived at the foot of the hill at around 10.45am and immediately climbed 400 steps that took us to the marvelous top where a beautiful place full of history awaited us. When we reached the summit of Chisor Mountain, we wandered around at our own pace. In fact, we were fascinated by the interesting Angkorian ancient ruins, the pagoda and the breathtaking panoramic scenery from the top of the hill. Also, while wandering around the place, I noticed that it is a common place for local people to visit with their families and participate in religious events.
All in all, it was a nice experience as we glimpsed into Cambodian traditional life and history far from the city and its traffic.
Little Lilly travel tip:
- Climbing the stairs to top of the mountain is more enjoyable if you go there early in the morning or late in the afternoon as it is cooler than midday.
- Bring a lot of water, it is a fairly sweaty climb.
Have you been to Phnom Chisor Temple? What did you like best there?