Phnom Krom Travel Guide

The climb to Phnom Krom is steep but the views of the lake and surrounding countryside from the mountain side are worth it if you are fit enough to tackle the steep staircase. The temple was constructed in the 9th century and can be seen from the air as visitors land at Siem Reap Airport.

There are three towers that stand in a uniform row and they were built in dedication to Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva. The tallest parts of the tower have since collapsed but the wall that surrounds them still stands.

Phnom Krom is one of three temples that were built on top of hills during the reign of King Yasovarman, with the other two also proving popular places to visit. Siem Reap is only 12kms away and can be seen from the top of the hill.

The hill is rocky and can be hard to climb, and legend says that the rocks were originally exposed as General Hanuman hunted the area for medicine during the Ramayana period. Part of the temple was used as a crematorium and although many of the carvings have been lost to the effects of erosion, there are still many that can be admired through the ruined complex.

The complex takes up 50 square meters and even though the effects of the sun, strong winds and the use of sandstone have taken their toll on the decorative elements, the 360 degree view over the lake and out to the Western Baray makes this trip worthwhile.

In brief

What is it? A temple that stands in ruin with wonderful views of Tonle Sap Lake.

Opening hours: during the day, daily.

Entrance fees: free.


Where: just outside of the main Angkor region close to Siem Reap, Cambodia.

How to get there: travel to the north of Tonle Sap Lake and climb the steep mountain up the stairs until you reach the complex in around a 45-minute walk. Flights from Phnom Penh arrive in Siem Reap in 25 minutes.