Monday, February 17, 2014

Ta Prohm Temple and Tonle Bati

Down National Route 2, only 30 kilmetres from Phnom Penh, this area provides the chance both to visit a beautiful temple and enjoy a typical Khmer picnic nearby. The turnoff from Phnom Penh is marked by a large picture of a ruin. There is an entry fee. Built by King Jayavarman VII (of Angkor Wat fame) in the 13th century, Ta Prohm temple is a small but impressive lateritic and sandstone structure. About 300 meters away is the second, smaller temple, Yey Peo. Further down the road are picnic huts on stills in the shallows of Tonle Bati lake. These huts can be rented and meals of chicken, frog and other delicacies brought to you. Check prices first. Like most popular tourist spots, it maybe a little more expensive than Phnom Penh.

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