Phnom Sampeou , Bat Cave , Battambang

Phnom Sampeou is a mountain with a temple, Wat Sampeou, at the top, from which you can enjoy the best view in all of Battambang of the city and the surrounding countryside. The mountain also features Khmer Rouge killing caves, where Khmer Rouge soldiers apparently murdered their victims by pushing them from a high ledge. Neither the caves nor the pagoda are particularly interesting, and visitors will encounter a fair number of donation requests, but it’s worth going for the view. 

Phnom Sampeou is a mountain with a temple, Wat Sampeou, at the top, from which you can enjoy the best view in all of Battambang of the city and the surrounding countryside. The mountain also features Khmer Rouge killing caves, where Khmer Rouge soldiers apparently murdered their victims by pushing them from a high ledge. Neither the caves nor the pagoda are particularly interesting, and visitors will encounter a fair number of donation requests, but it’s worth going for the view. 

You’ll get dropped off at the bottom of the mountain and can walk up (it’s easier than taking the stairs).The walk can be done in flip-flops, but shoes make it easier. The entire walk takes about an hour and is not particularly difficult, although the easiest way to get back down is by a steep set of stairs. You can also pay a moto to take you up, but you will need to take one of the guys that wait at the bottom of the mountain. They have a monopoly and will not let you take the moto or tuk tuk that you arrived in. Young kids offer “tours” for a couple of bucks, which also give them the chance to practice their English (and they all seem to have slight but distinct Australian accents). Around 6 p.m. each night thousands upon thousands of bats stream out of the caves and make a pretty impressive sight. You’ll get the best view of the bat exodus from the road below the mountain. Entry to the mountain costs $3 and includes entrance to Phnom Banan.

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