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“Smaller alternative to Angkor”

Phnom Chisor Temple
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Private Phnom Chisor Temple Day Trip from Phnom Penh
Ranked #18 of 119 things to do in Phnom Penh
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“Smaller alternative to Angkor”
Reviewed August 31, 2012

The Chisor Temple is about 40km south of PP, direction Takeo. To get there, you have to 'climb' about 400 easy steps. During some Buddhist festivals, these stairs are flooded with older people begging for 100 Riel or so, but that wasn't any problem.
Once arrived on top you have the best view over small villages and rice fields. Don't be surprised when you don't see any other tourists. The Chisor temple is still very unknown and private and makes this tourist destination very special. A nice alternative if you compare to the overcrowded temples of Angkor!
It is a nice stop over on the way down to the coast to Kep or Kampot. Tell the taxi to first take Road Nr 2 and then after Takeo take the 3.

Visited January 2012
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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“Amazing Temple”
Reviewed August 31, 2012

Big Brahmanism temple built in the 12th century standing on the pop of mountain very good place for meditation.

Visited March 2012
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Chengdu, China
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“Exquisite Carvings of Vishnu”
Reviewed June 1, 2012

Phnom Chisor is the probably one of the best Angkorian temples in Cambodia, except for those in the area of Siem Reap Itself. It was damaged by US Bombs during the Vietnam War and a tin roof still covers the main shrine. Despite the war damage and blackened bricks, this is still an amazing shrine. The lintels are very crisp, despite being almost a thousand years old, and there are wonderful Vishnuite carvings throughout the complex. The atmospheric main shrine houses an Angkor era statue of Vishnu which has somehow managed to avoid being pilfered by art thieves. From his hilltop shrine, Vishnu the Preserver still presides over the watery fields of Takeo, an area which was arguably the cradle of Khmer civilization.

On a practical note, the complex costs two dollars to enter for foreigners and the four hundred steps to the top were too much for at least one visitor during our stay.

Visited June 2012
5 Thank Raymond W
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Luong Son, Vietnam
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“Not much to see”
Reviewed May 5, 2012

You have to climbe up, but not much to see, just some breze. Nice view down from the top.

Visited January 2012
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“Worth the visit for the panoramic view”
Reviewed March 5, 2012

Phnom Chisor is located on a hill somewhere 40 kms to the south-east of Phnom Penh. We went there by car and combined with a visit to the Ta Phrom temple at Tonle Bati. Total cost was 60$ for a oundtrip from Phnom Penh in a Toyota monovolume, we were five people (plus the driver). We think it is rather too far to go by tuktuk, even if passing through some rural villages is nicer by tuktuk.

You'll have to climb some 400+ steps. Even in the 'cold' season, you may find it quite hot by the time you reach the top. Take a hat and good shoes (no hiking boots, though: too hot).

The temple on Phnom Chisor suffered from the 'secret' bombing on Cambodia against Vietcong trails in the early 1970s. As a result, the two basins in the east entrance hall have stopped being filled by a natural water source. The temple is indeed heavily damaged, presumably not only caused by shells. Dated a bit earlier than Angkor Wat, it is rather deceiving if you have already visited the Angkor Archaeological park. I'd recommend to go here before you see Angkor.

What makes worth your visit is the breathtaking view on the countryside, reaching tens of kms wide from the south-east to the north-east. You can clearly follow the old access route from the east that reaches the baray and then passes two (ruined) gopuras. Apparently, king and priests had to climb up the steep stairs from the east side to visit the temple.

A plus (we found) was the total absence of children trying to sell incense or lotus flowers etc. or otherwise plainly asking for money. There are some fruit seller stands if you go up the hill from the north-west.

Visited January 2012
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