I've been to the Wat Phnom Penh roundabout to see the elephant (who doesn't appear to be there anymore), the jungle-like trees, and the clock/naga which are lit up at night. However, I only just recently paid the $1.00 to go up the stairs, only to be harassed by kids and women aggressively asking you to pay to release the birds (as a sign of Buddhist compassion), and the come-hither looks of the ladies-of-the-night. (It was the middle of the afternoon.) It’s a total waste of your time to pay for the tuk-tuk to come to the northern part of the town just to see a really small building on a hill. Yes, the statue inside is different and looks a bit like a Burmese Buddha, but you’re really better-off just going around the roundabout to see what the hillside looks like and then going over to the old Post Office to shop at Artisans d’Angkor. And if you do go up, at every point going down, you’ll be harassed by tuk-tuk drivers. Not relaxing.
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