Attractions in Takeo

TAKEO the eponymous provincial capital, is best used as a base to visit the old temples in the Angkor Borei area. It has less of a French legacy than elsewhere around the country.


was known as Vyadhapura when its served as the capital of water Chenla in the 8th century, one of many competing kingdom in the pre-Angkorian era. It is one of the pre-Angkorian sites in Cambodia, dating back to the 5th century. Angkor Borei is actually a small modern town, but in this instance it is used to refer to the remains of an ancient walled city in the vicinity.


the main temple stands at the eastern side of the hilltop. Constructed of laterite and brick with cared lintels of sandstone, the complex is surrounded by the partially ruined walls of a 2.5m-wide gallery with windows.


a few kilometers south of Angkor Borei. Four artificial caves, built as shrines, are carved into the north-eastern wall of the hill. On top of Phnom Da is a square laterite temple open to the north, dating from the 8th century.


a temple built by King Jayavarman VII (who ruled from 1181 to 1201) on the site of a 6th century Khmer shrine. A stele found here a date from 1574 and inside the north gate is a damaged statue of the Hindu god Preah Noreay. Women come here to pray for the birth of children.


a lake south of Phnom Penh, with a beach and the impressive laterite temple of Ta Prohm.


is the site of Cambodia's leading wildlife sanctuary, a home for animals confiscated from traffickers or saved from poachers traps. It feels like a zoo crossed with safari park, and gradually some of this space being used to provide a better habitat for the larger animals.