Phnom Sampeau

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.

How much does a trip cost?

A US$2 ticket is needed to access the 3 sites of Phnom Sampeau,

  • Phnom Banan and
  • Wat Ek Phnom and is sold in any of these sites.

  • Phnom Sampeau

    Sculpture at Phnom Sampeau

    When should I go, and how long do I need?

    Any time of the day is suitable for a visit, however sunsets from Phnom Sampeau are worth hanging around for.


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