Phnom Sempeau and The Killing Caves

Phnom Sempeau is one of the major tourist attractions in Battambang. It’s quite popular among local and foreign tourists alike because of five things:

to visit the temples up on the hill…
to see the monkeys that reside on this place…
to watch the bats as they fly out of their caves at dusk…
to catch a glimpse of the vast and beautiful rural area of Battambang from one of the overlooking vantage points…
and to see the Killing Caves where hundreds (or maybe thousands of Cambodians in Battambang) where executed…

The trip to Phnom Sempeau is often included in the package tours being offered by tuktuk drivers and also by hostels and tour operators in Battambang. The place is approximately 11 kilometers away from the city which isn’t really that far away. You won’t really be bored along the way as the view on the road of rural Cambodia is nice especially once you get out of the city proper.

Once we got at Phnom Sempeau, Hapi (our tuktuk driver/guide) gave us a map he made to help us navigate the area. The area is quite small and it could be easily navigated by anyone.

The entrance fee to Phnom Sempeau when we went there was just $3/person (including Banan Temple).

Here are some pictures I took in Phnom Sempeau:

Phnom Sempeau and The Killing Caves

Short Hike Uphill

Phnom Sempeau

Buddhist Temple on top of the hill

Phnom Sempeau

Phnom Sampeau

Phnom Sempeau

Phnom SampeauOne of the few Buddha statues in Phnom Sempeau

Phnom SampeauForaging for food…

Phnom Sampeaucute monkeys!!!

Phnom SampeauView from above…

Phnom Sempeau

Phnom SampeauVast farmlands of Battambang…

Phnom Sampeau

Phnom Sampeau

Phnom Sampeau

Phnom Sampeau

Phnom SempeauOne of the “Killing Caves”

Phnom SempeauBuddha statues at the Killing Caves

Phnom SempeauSkulls and some bones of those who were killed here… (R.I.P)

Phnom SampeauA Chinese Buddhist Temple on the way down…

Phnom Sampeau

Have you been to Phnom Sempeau? Feel free to share your tips and recommendations.

Comments

  1. you got some beautiful photos

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