Photo: The views alone are worth the climb.

Phnom Bok

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After Phnom Krom and Phnom Bakheng, Phnom Bok is the third of Yasovarman I’s hilltop efforts from the early 10th century.

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Once used as a strategic military post, Phnom Bok sits at the summit of the highest hill near to Angkor. At well over 200 metres high, this is considerably higher than Phnom Krom (140 metres) and Phnom Bakheng (a mere 70 metres). It makes for a wonderful change to the otherwise pancake flat terrain.

Take time to explore. And get your breath back. Photo taken in or around Phnom Bok, Angkor, Cambodia by Caroline Major.

Take time to explore. And get your breath back. Photo: Caroline Major

While the views here once had considerable military value in ancient and more recent history, today they’re far more valuable to the trickle of visitors that make it out here as you can see out as far as the Tonle Sap lake and the plains that lie before it on a clear day.

There are six sandstone towers at the summit and the remains of two brick libraries. There’s also a pagoda and a four-metre-high linga, the biggest found in Cambodia, which is now broken and lies in pieces at a separate tower located some 100 metres from the ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)

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