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Day tours in Cambodia
Budget day tours in Cambodia
Phnom Penh to Tonle Bati
When staying in Phnom Penh and want to make a quick day tour that’s the place to go because it shows the environment of the capital and parts of the countryside, in this case, the Takeo Province. ​​

With low hills around plus wide and lazy streams, bizarre road travel, monasteries and a couple of Buddhist / Hindu temples about 50 km south of the big city. The first stop is at Tonle Bati.

The next stop in Takeo province is a fascinating temple cluster on a hill, its Phnom Chisor. The temples have been done in beautiful masonry work and some inscriptions are dated back to the 11th. Century when the place was known as Suryagiri.

The temples of Phnom Chisor look quite similar to the Pagodas and Temples in Bagan, central Myanmar or Burma. The panoramic view from the hill over the plains of Takeo province is a breathtaking experience.

There are attempts to bring Thailand and Cambodia closer by bus and by train. Government sources are indicating that by the end of 2016 the rail link between the two countries will be existing again, they already had one but it was cut off during the Khmer Rouge time , let's see what will happen.
Phnom Chisor was created under King Suryavarman I . He reigned for 47 years from 1002 on. During his reign, 4 major temples were built. Among them the Preah Vihear in the north and Phnom Chisor in the south of today Cambodia.

The buildings of Phnom Chisor have been made as brick construction and sandstone lintels above the doorways and the wooden doors: Phnom Chisor was then known as Suryadri, 'the Mountain of the Sun' and due to the influence of Hinduism of that time, was dedicated to Brahma, 'the Creator of the Universe' but there are some Buddhist traces too.​

View from Phnom Chisor

​​Cambodian
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A peep into the countryside

One of the interesting things to do during such coach travel is to view the countryside.

The people and what is happening on the road shows the country in a different way as you see it around Angkor or in Phnom Penh. You just have to get a clean window seat, since this bring a high sitting position over the street which means an excellent viewpoint is guaranteed.

The only negative factor is that local people always try to close the curtains then it needs to reopen also against resistance sometimes. Some pretty places are south of Phnom Penh around Tonle Bati   and Phnom Chisor in Takeo province.
  1. cambodian snacks
  2. khmer housboat
  3. cambodia countryside (1)
  4. cambodian monks
  5. motorbike repair shop
  6. along the road to the south
  7. open air coach
  8. cambodia countryside
  9. cambodia countryside (3)
  10. tonle bati takeo province
  11. presents for a monastery
  12. near tonle bati
When staying in Phnom Penh and want to make a quick day tour that’s the place to go because it shows the environment of the capital and parts of the countryside, in this case, the Takeo Province.

With low hills around plus wide and lazy streams, bizarre road travel, monasteries and a couple of Buddhist / Hindu temples about 50 km south of the big city. The first stop is at Tonle Bati.

The next stop  in Takeo province is a fascinating temple cluster on a hill, its Phnom Chisor. The temples have been done in beautiful masonry work and some inscriptions are dated back to the 11th. Century when the place was known as Suryagiri.

The temples of Phnom Chisor look quite similar to the Pagodas and Temples in Bagan, central Myanmar or Burma. The panoramic view from the hill over the plains of Takeo province is a breathtaking experience.

Day Tour to Phnom Chisor and Tonle Bati

Takeo Province Photos
Phnom Chisor was created under King Suryavarman I. He reigned for 47 years from 1002 on. During his reign, 4 major temples were built. Among them the Preah Vihear in the north and Phnom Chisor in the south of today Cambodia.

The buildings of Phnom Chisor have been made as brick construction and sandstone lintels above the doorways and the wooden doors: Phnom Chisor was then known as Suryadri, 'the Mountain of the Sun' and due to the influence of Hinduism of that time, was dedicated to Brahma, 'the Creator of the Universe' but there are some Buddhist traces too.
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Bangkok to Phnom Penh
From Koh Kong to Phnom Penh
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  1. bus travel in Cambodia
  2. scene along the road north of Koh Kong City
  3. Sre Ambel - Koh Kong (1)
  4. Sre Ambel - Koh Kong (3)
  5. Beyond the Cardamon Mountains
  6. sri ambel rest stop
  7. Moving into the Cardamon Mountains
  8. Sre Ambel - Koh Kong
  9. Sre Ambel - Koh Kong (2)
  10. bus koh kong to phnom penh
  11. bus koh kong to phnom penh (1)
  12. koh kong to phnom penh (2)
The ride from Koh Kong to Phnom Penh starts around 7 am by bus and that became a genuine one reminder to sit on a wild horse.

The city hotel (at the waterfront) has the best restaurant in the province right on top of the South China Sea . I always staying there when around and bought the ticket the day before and they arranged everything (included in the rather cheap ticket price). In the morning the rickshaws already waited in front of the hotel and the short ride to the bus was free.

At the coach terminal, some bigger coaches already waited to be fill up with passengers and about a dozen minibusses and vans were parked on the side, they connect the coastal towns and hinterland see the pics right side.
This is the last southwest terminal which connects from the Thai border to the capital, some people on the visa run also use it for a short exploration to Phnom Penh since the price for the ride is only $ 7.-. The one-way tickets for the capital a rather cheap (according to foreigner’s ideas) I bought the tickets the day before at the hotel right at the waterfront which also functions as a harbor where huge barges were moored and awaiting freight. Since they were fixed about 20 meters to the east there was no noise.

Khmer people have a different idea what to carry on a minibus. Here are some scenes beside the road and the nature looks really attractive.

The bus started on time and when we moved into the Cardamon Mountain the road got real bad one crater after the other, there are some road works but only minimal. Although this road was built by Thai military as a courtesy action some years ago it is totally broken up. This is nothing special because roads built by Thai people deteriorate after around one year that's the same in their own country, when they want to get some good roads they hire foreign companies because they can’t handle that.
The first rest stop is at Sre Ambel
Sre Ambel Photos
Some time ago we made a day tour to Sre Ambel and here is a description what happen, at that time we returned to Krong Koh Kong after a step into Cambodia's wilderness near the western main road to Phnom Penh in this case into the Cardamom Mountains near to Sre Ambel. When in the south of the country make this day trip, there are no temples but great nature. It is not a comfortable trip on your holiday plan it needs some hiking and take a local guide otherwise you get lost. After leaving the bike the hike is around two hours and the deep ravine will appear at the left where the waterfall is visible in the center. During the dry season there is no much water, for this the best visit is October through January although there is water all year round but it fluctuates.

The countryside is exotic, when walking on the path through the scrub always watch where you step on there are snakes, small reptiles and sometimes mines around in general when you visit remote places like that wear strong shoes. The guide also knows the best trail to protect from the above indicated calamities.
  1. into the wilderness with the motorbike
  2. sre ambel waterfall upper level
  3. sre ambel view
  4. trail in the wilderness
  5. bigger coach to sre ambel
  6. Plenty of water
  7. dirt road to sre ambel
  8. cambodian water buffalo
  9. in the cardamon mountains
  10. sre ambel waterfall
  11. adventure trip around sre ambel
  12. back to koh kong
This is a interesting day tour with all components of Cambodia countryside included take a guide with it’s necessary otherwise you might be lost it is only about $ 20,- from the Sre Ambel intersection at the Koh Kong Phnom Penh road. To get there just use the bus and on the way back another coach can be found. There are some motorbike repairs shops visit one of them and ask for someone with a scooter to bring you to the waterfall it will be a rough ride but it let you understand the remote countryside. Cambodia has many waterfalls which are really attractive during the rainy season and shortly after when the weather brought plenty of water.

Let the guy with the scooter earn some dollars it will have a social useful purpose, when making the day trip to Sre Ambel don’t take anything heavy with you it could become a problem since the Cardamon Mountains are quite a rough area.

Sre Ambel to Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville
Bokor is a great Day Tour from Pnom Penh and also from the South China Sea Coast such as Kep Kampot or Sihanoukville.
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