Phnom Da

Looks like a giant nipple

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What we say: 3.5 stars

Phnom Da is a hilltop sanctuary that is best visited by boat from Takeo town. The hill has caves in the sides which are now used as shrines and on the summit is a large brick and laterite sanctuary which when viewed from a distance looks like a massive nipple. You can step inside the giant nipple and see part of the roof has collapsed and also the remains of what may have once held up a second level inside. Behind the sanctuary there is a great view out over the floodplain to Vietnam. On the smaller hill nearby sits Asram Maharosei, a small rather unusual stone sanctuary that has a very narrow corridor that runs around its interior.

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How to get there: Phnom Da can be reached by land or by boat, the latter being the far more scenic option. Boatmen in Takeo will run a trip to Angkor Borei and Phnom Da for $15-25 for the boat -- prices vary tremendously and depend solely on your bargaining ability. A round trip, including sightseeing time is about three hours.
Last updated: 23rd August, 2005

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