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Takeo is a small town and capital of the province of the same name.  What makes Takeo town appealing is that it is less-visited, which makes it a perfect place to absorb authentic Cambodian atmosphere and a quiet place to appreciate colonial buildings.  Its natural beauty lies in its rivers and lakes.  Many canals were also built, adding to the aquatic nature of the town.

The road linking Phnom Penh and Takeo town is pretty good, making a day trip from the capital a worthwhile option.  Takeo town is also an excellent base for visitors to explore Phnom Da and several other pre-Angkorian temples at Angkor Borei, a small town of about 14,000 people which was at one time a capital of the Funan Empire.  Angkor Borei can easily be visited with a one hour boat ride from Takeo.  The trip is scenic and captures the true essence of Cambodia life with farmers tending to their crops on the partially flooded rice fields and fishermen casting their nets being common sights.

Not too far from the provincial capital is Phnom Chisor, one of the province’s main attractions.  It is an ancient temple built in the 11th century and is located on a hill.  It may not be as grand as Angkor Wat but Phnom Chisor is still an excellent temple to see as is not frequented by as many visitors as other temples in the country.  In order to reach the temple, one has to make a climb of over 400 steps.  But, the view from the top and the temple itself are just rewards.

Tonle Bati is a small lake in Takeo Province, a popular recreational area where Cambodians like to spend their leisure time during the weekends.  During the weekdays however, Tonle Bati sees very few visitors and the site is quiet and peaceful.  Not too far from the lake is Tonle Bati Temple, an Angkorian-style temple that remains largely intact, with its lush garden enhancing the area’s atmosphere.

Takeo is a beautiful and relatively untouched province where you can experience authentic rural Cambodian life with Exotissimmo’s Takeo Getaway day trip.  Starting from the Cambodian capital, we will take you to all of the aforementioned sites on a peaceful and memorable trip into the Khmer countryside.  Cambodia is truly a captivating country and more of it can be discovered with our recommended Cambodia tours and Cambodia day trip programs.

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