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“Fascinating and fun”

Phnom Chhngok Cave Temple
Ranked #8 of 51 things to do in Kampot
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

This was our first cave pagoda and it turned to be a real experience ! As soon as we got there we were greeted and surrounded by a hord of young boys and girls eager to be our "guides", after few minutes we decided to surrender to three of them (2 boys and a girl, between 11 and 13 years old) who proclaimed themselves as our bodyguards. Then we started our trek to the cave with 1$ admission ticket, the highlight being the "guides" giggles and stories about the place in their absolutely excellent English, so proud of having both good teachers and being good students as well.
The cave itself is fascinating with stalactites and stalagmites resembling many animals (elephant above all) and a delicious small Funan temple made entirelly of bricks. Beautiful landscape from several viewpoints.
Well worth the visit, and the kids are delightful, we tipped them 2$ each, well spent money.

Thank maxscuba
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

We tried to bike there, originally, from Kampot, and the Lonely Planet guide gave us another reason not to trust their directions. We went back a second time, via tuktuk, that made it easier. Their directions lacked some detail and we were a little underwhelmed by the cave once we arrived. There's a lovely view over the valley from half-way up the climb, and the local boys definitely want to be your guide to take you into the cave. There are some cool stalactites, but we didn't spend a lot of time there or explore it very much.

Thank Benjamin B
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

It was a very nice cave with a very old temple inside but what made the experience really fun were the young tour guides that showed us the cave temple and shared some local info with us along the way. The cave has a $1 fee and the "tour guides" work for a small tip. They were great.

1  Thank Heather G
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

Beautiful landscape. Temple is very small but interesting. Ask the kids to go back to the entrance through the cave, it's dark but a lot of fun!

1  Thank Pierre L
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

This was one of our favorite stops in our southern Cambodia travel. Our tuk-tuk was met by MANY local children "guides". Although that was a little overwhelming at first and we weren't quite sure what the protocol was, we ended up with about 6 of them joining us on our hike through the caves. We had such fun talking and playing with them. Our kids, aged 8 & 11 loved it. We found out many interesting things about the area and the mountain by having them along, things we would not have discovered without them. And we just enjoyed their company complete with giggles. We did end up giving them about $1 each at the end of our visit, not sure if this was expected or not. Stop at the cafe at the end of the trail for a cold drink and some scary-but-true stories about living in the area during the Khmer Rouge.

1  Thank Debra B
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