Situated in Sampeou Commune, about 12km from Battambang city, Phnom Sampeau is a striking limestone mountain. It is not only an important religious place but an ideal destination to visit as well. The mountain, which is renowned throughout Cambodia, provides a breathtaking view of Battambangand the rest of the countryside.
Despite the tragic past, Phnom Sampeou is always a pleasant place to visit for both Cambodians and international visitors. On the top of the mountain stands a pagoda, many stupas, various shrines and Buddhist statues that have taken part in one of the most horrific genocides in human history. During the Khmer Rouge period the mountain was used as a place to kill the enemies of the regime. You will see a memorial to the victims in the killing caves. It is worth noting that the pagoda and its grounds are home to a group of monks and also to some rather cheeky monkeys. They can get aggressive so you should do well to steer clear of these monkeys. Another string feature is that the panoramic view from the top over the countryside is truly breathtaking.
On the foot of the hill you will discover a range of food and drink stalls making it a great place to relax a bit after a climb of 700 steps. The temple is renowned for three natural caves: Pkasla, Lakhaon and Aksopheak. Pkasla cave is full of uprooted stones and is considered important because it is where Phnom Sampeou residents come to celebrate after a marriage. Next to Phnom Sampeou are several important mountain clusters, including Phnom Kdaong, Phnom Krapeu (The Crocodile Mountain), Phnom Trung Moan, etc.