Phnom Sampeau

Battambang's killing fields

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What we say: 4 stars

This hilltop temple on the road to Pailin is one of the main locations of Battambang's killing fields, with a large cave where victims were thrown either after being bludgeoned or having their throats cut, or simply to their death.

Children, some of whom speak very good English, hang around the base of the temple and will walk up with you and act as your guides. They will expect some money in return for showing you around.

According to our guides, there was one cave for women, one for men and one for children, though other sources differ in this regard. There are two ways to the summit, one by stairs, the other by a sweeping trail with a far easier incline that runs around the hillock to the summit.

Please note that Phnom Sampeu may well still have some unexploded ordnance and or mines lying around, so keep to the tracks! A dirt road heads east to Phnom Banan so you can make a good round trip, heading out to Sampeu on the main Pailin road then cutting across to Banan then returning to town along the river road.

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Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.

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