Photo: The stairs go on and on.

Phnom Santuk

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Phnom Santuk is a small hill to the southeast of Kompong Thom with an active monastery at the summit offering up impressive views for free.

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Reached via a 809-step staircase lined by kitschy statues of poor quality and an abundance of elderly beggars, we recommend climbing to the summit in early morning or late afternoon—not at midday as we did. Once at the summit you can enjoy the beautiful views, and chat with friendly English-speaking monks and Cambodian teens interested in practising the English skills they learn in school.

Best not climbed at midday. Photo taken in or around Phnom Santuk, Kompong Thom, Cambodia by Stuart McDonald.

Best not climbed at midday. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Also at the top is a gilded pagoda with white walls covered in Khmer script, surrounded by a series of figurines and lesser shrines and temples, including a reclining Buddha carved into the rock face. Curved cement bridges connect various small temples and statues of people, horses ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 500 words.)

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