While in Phnom Penh, take time to visit Udong, you will not regret it!
For visitors from Phnom Penh, a visit to Udong is particularly interesting and intense. Located forty kms, the contrast between the busy and noisy life of Phnom Penh and the peaceful atmosphere of this ancient city is striking. This historical site is situated on three hills crowned with stupas and pagodas overlooking the beautiful Cambodian countryside. A panoramic terrace offers a view of the rice fields dotted with traditional houses, which extend to the Tonle Sap River.
Phnom Udong (Phnom meaning “mountain” in Khmer) was the ancient capital of Cambodia between 1618 and 1866 and was the site of both the coronation and burial of many Khmer kings. Indeed, it is dotted with many temples worshiping different deities and stupas containing the ashes of several former Cambodian kings. Thus, built by King Chey Chetha II (who reigned from 1618-1626), the stupa Damrei Sam Poan contains the ashes of King Soriyopor, who ruled before him, or Ang Doung was built by King Norodom in 1891 and home to his father’s ashes King Ang Duong.
Apart from their size difference between the giant and world famous city of Angkor and that of Udong, it is best characterized by the persistence of the sacred life that continues to take place there. Although cited for Udong and most temples are centuries, Cambodians continue to pray daily, ceremonies will continue to be celebrated and venerated gods are always there.
That is why, to visit Udong, it is necessary to enforce a dress code causing non – cover the shoulders, avoid short shorts, remove his hat or his cap to enter temples.
To get to Udong coming from Phnom Penh, 2 ways are possible.
You will need an hour by taxi or an hour and a half tuk-tuk via the very busy road, noisy, dusty, bottled and dangerous leading to the second city of Cambodia; Battambang.
The second way is to follow for 2 hours during the Tonle Sap river and discover its lively but peaceful shores with its floating villages, merchant vessels, the show of traditional fishermen. You will have a unique perspective on the pace of life on the water in Cambodia.
By choosing PhoceaMekong cruises, you can make all these discoveries on a comfortable and safe boat, while enjoying your breakfast and your lunch or refreshing yourself with our tasty drinks with confidence because the ticket price includes: port taxes, cruise, drinks on board (at will for soft drinks, one alcoholic drinks and a bottle of French wine for 4 people), breakfast and lunch, transfers between the boat and Udong and the right access to the site of Udong.