Takeo province sometimes referred to as the cradle of Khmer civilization, borders Kampot to the west, Kampong Speu to the North-West and Kandal to the North-East. The town dates back to the Funan Empire, with many of its relics having been built between the 1st and 6th centuries, even prior to Angkor.
Takeo’s southern boundary borders with Vietnam.The area is full of natural and man-made waterways that flow through the countryside and act to connect towns, villages and Vietnam.This region is known as Angkor Borei, thought to be the birthplace of Khmer Civilization.
The successor of Funan, Water Chenla, was centred on this region, and nowadays the town is full of ancient ruins and relics including the 6th century Funan brick temple that is located on top of a hill.
A favourite pastime of locals is enjoying freshwater lobster on the riverfront in the rainy season.
Cambodia, in general, has a tropical climate, enjoying warm to hot weather all year round. The climate is generally broken down into three seasons, (hot, cool and rainy).
Cool Season – Nov – March (23c – 29c)
Hot Season – March-May (27c-37c)
Rainy season: May – October (24c-33c)
Rich in history, Takeo province is built on the foundations of ancient civilization and thought to be the birthplace of Khmer civilization. Though many relics remain, a significant amount has been destroyed or stolen from the region and the exact history of the area still remains somewhat of a mystery to historians and archaeologists worldwide. Sadly only 4 Cambodian archaeologists survived the Khmer Rouge era.
Things to Do
Phnom Da is a twin hill around 3km away from Angkor Borei. Constructed in the 6th or 7th century the large temple is reached by walking up a long stairway. Built from bricks it was extended in Angkorian times (around the 10th or 11th century) using laterite. The temple is 17 metres tall and inside contains a large open room holding remnants of a shrine.
Wat Ashram Moha Russei
Wat Ashram Moha Russei is a Hindu temple built in 700 CE and said to resemble the temples on the Dieng Plateau in Java. The inner chamber of the temple holds a sacred shrine that is still in use today.
Wat Moha Russei has a surrounding jungle and can be accessed by following a steep path up to the top of the hill.
Angkor Borei Museum
Angkor Borei museum holds many ancient and culturally significant artefacts from the Takeo region.
Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre
Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre is supported by Wildlife Alliance, who care for and rehabilitate animals rescued from the illegal wildlife trade. Animals that have been saved by the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT) are relocated to the Center, where they are carefully checked to determine whether they are healthy enough for release back into the wild.
The centre is home to over 1,200 animals and offers once in a lifetime activities such as hand feeding elephants and interacting with rescued baby macaque monkeys.Tigers, leopards, gibbons and otters are some of the other intriguing animals being cared for here.