Kompong Cham, Cambodia
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Phnom Pros Kompong Cham Reviews
Thieving monkeys and a temple on a hill. Oct 29, 2005
This is a nice stop on a day of travel between Kompong Cham and Kompong Thom, but don't expect anything extremely special here. Watch out for the thieving monkeys ! Below is part of my travel journal.
Next stop was Phnom Pros, one of the two hills near Kompong Cham, the other one being Phnom Prei, a higher hill that could be seen from the top of Phnom Pros. The names of these hills mean 'Man Hill' and 'Woman Hill'. According to local legends two teams, women against men, had held a competition once to build stupas on their two hills. The team that would have progressed the most by daybreak would win. The women however tricked the man into believing that the sun was coming up by building a large fire on their hill. They stopped working and the women won. As a result the women no longer had to ask for a man's hand for marriage, as had previously been the tradition.
There was another temple on Phnom Pros that combined Hinduism and Buddhism and there were quite a few monkeys wandering around. These turned out to be a lot more cheeky than the ones at Wat Phnom; after Rene had fed them banana's they actually stole Chantal's bottle of water right from here hands.
Part of the Cambodia 2005 travel blog
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