- Robert Louis Stevenson
Phnom Sampeau is the name given to a small mountain 8km outside of Battambang. It's elongated form means it runs parallel to the road which leads you there, it's dramatic limestone cliffs protruding from its otherwise forest cover.
A charming village road leads you to the base of the mountain past a grand pagoda, a cave gaping from the rock face, and a carved Buddha's head built into the same rock face. Once on the winding road to the top, halfway up is a cave which was used by the Khmer Rouge to deposit bodies of its victims. Bones of these victims remain today, and the sight is a harsh reminder of Cambodia's recent history. Continue further to the top where there is a selection of modern pagodas, and stunning views across some of Cambodia's most sublime landscapes.
A US$2 ticket is needed to access the 3 sites of Phnom Sampeau,
Any time of the day is suitable for a visit, however sunsets from Phnom Sampeau are worth hanging around for.
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