Welcome to the fifth in our ‘Off the Beaten Track‘ Cambodia series. In the first installment – Off the Beaten Track Cambodia – Kulen Mountain Day Trip, I explained how we’d try to visit a new off the beaten track destination in Cambodia every month. The aim being to encourage people to spend more time in Cambodia and to experience what it else it has to offer besides the usual tourist sites. We managed it for four months, but then due to work and other South East Asia travel we failed miserably. Four months passed without another off the beaten track adventure. Finally, in mid-August, we got our acts together and ventured out for a day trip to Peung Tanon or Standing Stones as they’re otherwise known. I’d never even heard of this site until another expat told me she’d visited with a local friend. This, of course, piqued my interest and I set about arranging a trip there with friends.
Peung Tanon Standing Stones Day Trip
What to See and Do at Peung Tanon Standing Stones
Explore the Site
When you first arrive at the site there’s a small, tree shaded parking area for you to leave your vehicle. When we got there, a few locals and a couple of saffron robed monks were sat on wooden platforms and lazing in hammocks.
A short 10-minute easy trek uphill and through a small community is needed to reach the actual site. We passed by a few houses on stilts and some sort of shrine, before emerging out of the trees onto the hilltop.
Dotted amongst carpets of colourful flowers and bright green vegetation are many sandstone formations and rocks of different shapes, sizes and colours. Some rocks appeared to be balanced on top of one another or positioned in such a way they gave the illusion of a human face or some kind of animal.
As we explored the site we were dive bombed by low flying dragon flies and beautiful butterflies. We also spotted a gecko and another unidentified lizard basking on the hot rocks.
Admire the Views
Rock Climbing and Bouldering
Where to Eat and Drink
There are a few dubious looking little food shacks and stalls around the car park area of the site, but I’d recommend giving them a wide berth. The canned drinks and bottled water are probably o.k. but personally, I wouldn’t risk the food. Your best bet is to take a picnic lunch with you which you can enjoy on the flat surface of one of the rocks.
Getting There and Back
Peung Tanon Standing Stones is as ‘off the beaten track’ as you’ll get near Siem Reap, which I soon realised when I began to organise the trip. There were only a couple listings in Google (with different spellings), and very few locals had even heard of it.
One thing to note is that our driver didn’t follow this map exactly. I’m assuming because the roads suggested on Google Maps were too bad as you get closer to the site. I couldn’t embed a map of our actual route but here’s a screen shot which should help.
This is the ticket booth that’s being built and is where you need to turn off from the main road.
1. Take water with you; you’ll need it for the journey and for exploring the site.
2. Travel sick pills are a good idea if you’re prone to motion sickness as the roads are very bumpy and windy.
3. Pack a picnic lunch (in a cool box or bag), or snacks as there are no food options (none that you’d want to risk anyway) at the site.
4. Don’t forget some hand sanitiser and be prepared for some pretty disgusting toilets. There are some very undesirable ones near the car park but you may be better off just finding a bush!
5. Take sun lotion and a hat as there is very little shade at the top of the site and the sun is scorching. The last thing you want is to get burnt or leave with sunstroke.
6. Be aware that there’s a possibility that the roads may become impassable at the height of rainy season (Sept – Oct) so it’s probably better to go outside of that time.
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