Takeo is small provincial town in Cambodia that is blessed with natural beauty and many historical sites.
Angkor Borei Museum in Takeo
The town of Angkor Borie is quite small but has a variety of archaeological dig sites and ruins which has helped to establish a little museum. A visit to the Angkor Borei Museum in Takeo can be quite interesting, especially when it is possible to view the ancient sculptures and stone inscriptions. Some of the artefacts date back to the 4th/5th century (Funan) and 8th century (Water Chenla), as well as several other pieces from late Angkorian times. Also, this museum gives the information on the latest archaeological digs that are taking place.
Because the region is relatively quiet at times and there is little to no foot traffic at the Museum it may shut; therefore it is necessary to talk to the locals who can direct you to the staff who will open the place up. This Museum was set up with the assistance of EU funding to help display the many archaeological finds that are rich in various regions throughout Cambodia.
Phnom Da in Takeo is a hilltop sanctuary and gives visitors a chance to explore a pre-Angkor temple. It is best visited on a scenic tour by boat from nearby Takeo town – although it is also an easy drive from Phnom Penh. This gives a perfect opportunity to see the local rural Cambodian countryside. The pre-Angkor temple is in a quite ruined state but a trek to the top of the hill (nearly 1000 steps) makes it possible to view the local surroundings, including the rice fields and floodplain to Vietnam.
The path that leads to the top of the mountain can vary in relation to difficulty and fitness level with a choice of climbing the 1000 steps, hiking up a steep path, or tramping through the forest.
The ability to travel to Phnom Da on the Indochina tour packages can vary with the time of season. In the rainy season, this hilltop sanctuary is only accessible by boat, while in the dry season there is also the option to arrive by road.