Excursions from Phnom Penh
Around Phnom Penh there are numerous attractions that warrant a day trip. Should you wish to visit any of these places, our team will be delighted to provide further information and help plan your trip.
Another, longer trip organized by Phnom Penh tourism is to Koh Dach, a silk weaving village northeast of Phnom Penh. A boat ride up the Mekong to Koh Dach is a three hour round trip. You can also visit the fishing villages and see river life along the way.
According to legend, the temple was built by Ta Prohm. While traveling through Tonle Bati, an Angkor king fell in love with Yeay Peau, the beautiful daughter of a fisherman. The king past three months with her and she became pregnant. Upon leaving, the king gave her a ring with instruction to send the child she bore to Angkor. When her son, Prohm, duly presented the ring at Angkor, he was welcome at his father's palace and given an education the king later sent him back to govern Takeo province. Prohm built a temple similar to those he'd seen at Angkor, and named it after himself. For his mother, he built Yeay Peau temple.
The temple is reached by a staircase on the northern side of the hill. From the top are expansive views over the countryside. You can see 2 other temples ruin to the east. Leave the hilltop by the southern staircase.
Most visitors rent a tilt hut to take a nap, ward off the heat or counter the floodwaters of the monsoon season. You can hire a boat to tour the lake; water borne vendors come alongside to sell food. The beach is crowded on weekends, with lots of food vendors, but usally quiet during the week.
Several temples and stupas cover three hills. These huge stupas can be seen from miles away and contain the remains of several Khmer kings including King Monivong (1927-1941) and King Ang Duong (1845-1859). The walk up the hill provides an excellent countryside view.
These hills were also the site of some of the Khmer Rouge's most prolonged resistance against the Vietnamese army in 1979 and a memorial to those murdered by the Khmer Rouge was built here.