Phnom Penh - places to see a little outside of the City.
There are several places to visit on half day trips out of Phnom Penh - Choeung Ek as well as Ta Phrom and Yeay Peau Temples. The Killing Fields memorial area is quite close to Phnom Penh and easily done by hiring a tuk tuk. The temples at Ta Phrom and Yeay Peau are much further out - around 30kms from the centre of Phnom Penh.
Depending on how much bumping around etc. you can tolerate then tuk-tuk drivers will go out to the temples quite happily - this is obviously quite a cheap way of getting to see them but can be quite hot and dusty apart from the "bumps".
Visiting The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek near Phnom Penh in Cambodia.
Located around 13km southwest of Phnom Penh, Choeung Ek is where Pol Pot (the infamous Cambodian Communist revolutionary leader) and the Khmer Rouge soldiers executed nearly 19000 people between 1975 and 1979 and buried them in mass graves.
A Buddhist Stupa now forms part of the memorial - the Stupa has glass sides and contains over 5000 human skulls. As you walk round the area you can see signs of the burial pits - there is also a small museum containing photographs and information about Pol Pot. The site has become a major tourist attraction and at around 14km from Phnom Penh is easily reached by tuk-tuk. Opening times are 0800 to 1730 every day and there is a
small entrance fee. The area is quite obviously a very sad place to visit and visitors should show respect not only by being quiet but also in considering what clothing they should wear.
Visiting the 12th century Ta Phrom Temple and nearbye Yeay Peau Buddhist Temples outside of Phnom Penh in Cambodia.
Firstly do not confuse this Ta Phrom Temple with it's same-named and much more famous Ta Phrom in Angkor Park
. This quite rarely visited temple with it's beautiful carvings is located to the south of Phnom Penh City and is close to
the popular (by local Cambodians) weekend picnic area of Tonle Bati (commonly called Bati Lake). Foreign tourists have to pay a USD3 entry fee to the general lake area but this does allow you to visit the two temples without further fees. The temple is dedicated to the Buddhist Jayavarman VII who was king of the Khmer Empire from 1181 to 1218.
Phnom Penh attractions and things to do including day trips.
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- Sightseeing and looking round Phnom Penh in Cambodia
- Includes visiting the beautiful Cambodia Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda plus Wats and Stupas in Phnom Penh, with photos.
- Boat trip on Tonle Sap River, The Bassac and Mekong River at Phnom Penh
- Three rivers meet at Phnom Penh - taking a boat trip a little way onto each to look at various boats, stilt houses and river life.
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