Forgotten Khmer ruins

Fertile, traditional Takeo province is largely rural and seems to have been somewhat bypassed by Cambodia’s rapid push to development. If you were going to pick any town in the kingdom in which to play a hassle-free game of badminton in the middle of a downtown street, it would certainly be Takeo’s provincial capital of Takeo.

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The provincial capital is actually named Daunkeo but as it is generally referred to by Khmers across the country as Takeo, we’ve gone with that. A pleasant prosperous town, Takeo is home to some fine houses, both new and French period, and lays claim to the ancient Funanese capital, now named Angkor Borei, and Phnom Chisor, an important Angkor period site, along with the well-preserved Jayarvarman VII temple of Ta Phrom at Tonle Bati. The excellent wildlife rehabilitation centre at Phnom Tamao means the province, the 20th of Cambodia’s 24 in terms of area, punches rather above its weight for the sightseeing traveller (though a number of these sights are also easily approached as day trips from Phnom Penh).

Down by the water. : Mark Ord.
Down by the water. Photo: Mark Ord

Takeo lays strong claim to being the heartland of the Cambodian nation as it was central to the culture of Funan, the country’s earliest recognised civilisation from the first to sixth centuries CE. During the later Angkor period it remained an important region due to its extensive and valuable rice ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 1,100 words.)

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