Takeo Province Travel Guide

Also dubbed ‘the cradle of the Khmer civilization’, Takeo province has many pre-Angkorian sites. It is one of the oldest regions in Cambodia, dating back to the Anachak Ohnom and Chenla dynasties. Located not far from the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, it is a great place to go for day excursions.

The capital of the province is Takeo city, an easygoing and quiet town with natural beauties, such as a scenic river and its nearby lake. Canals and waterways wind their way through beautiful scenery and enjoyable boat trips lead to the pleasant Angkor Borei town. Takeo city provides basic accommodation for a nice overnight stop.

Highlights of the province consist mainly of historical sites, with major landmarks being Phnom Ci So temple and mountain (one of Cambodia’s treasure), Phnom Da temple (6th century) in Angkor Borey and Ba Yang temple (7th century) located at the top of Ba Yang Mountain.

Also of note are Ba Ti temple (12th century) and Neang Khmao temple, dating to the 10th century, in Ro Vieng town (26kms/16 miles from Takeo City). Phnom Ta Mao area enjoys beautiful scenery and hosts two temples (Ta Mao and Thmor Dos), mountains and a zoo, the biggest of Cambodia.

The province is easily accessed from Phnom Penh thanks to national highway 2 and is therefore close to the capital’s international airport. Getting around in the province is possible by bus, shared taxi or motorbike.