Phnom Sampeau Battambang Reviews
Sweaty but Worthwhile Nov 22, 2012
Get a tuk-tuk for the day or for a simple return trip to the base of the mountain. To go to just the mountain you could get a return trip (while the driver waits for you) for about $6. We paid $14 for the two of us to a trip to the bamboo train and the mountain (took 5 hours).
The mountain is worth seeing. You can walk up it or hire a moto to bring you up. We walked but we were drenched in sweat by the time we reached the top.
Half way up you can see the killing caves. These caves have a lying Buddha beside a glass case filled with bones from the victims of the Khmer Rouge murders. They were bludgeoned and then thrown down into the cave over the steep cliff-like inner wall. Young children swarm around the caves themselves. They will ask you 'Can i show you to the killing caves?' if you would like them to, say yes, if not, say no. They followed us the whole time.
Climb on up to the top. There are a lot of temples up there and a glorious view of the surrounding (surprisingly flat) countryside.
There is also an option to wait until the sun goes down and watch it from the top of the mountain, then go down and watch a thousands of bats that live inside the mountain fly out in their droves from this certain cave entrance. We didn't opt to stay the extra 2 hours to see this.
On the descent down be very careful of the monkeys. Nobody warned us about this. When we saw them sitting in our path we were amazing... you rarely see wild monkeys at home! But then they started coming towards us and one of them made a run for one of the guys we were with. So we retreated and went down another path. We didn't want to risk them biting us. Just be careful.
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