Oudong Mountain

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Depart Battambang for the overland transfer to Phnom Penh, which would take circa 5½ hours, if you chose not to stop en route.

Starting early, travel first to Kampong Chhnang, known for its traditional pottery, with many kilns at work in this province. In a village very close to Kampong Chhnang itself, discover the different aspects of pottery making and also learn about the production of traditional rice wine.

Continue to Oudong, the former royal capital of Cambodia. The drive takes you through many rural villages and pagodas, and you will see ‘Temple Mountain’, with its dozens of stupas, from afar. When you arrive at Oudong its time for a traditional Khmer picnic lunch, at the foot of the hill.

Post-lunch, climb the stairs to the top of Oudong Mountain to be rewarded by magnificent views over the plains below. Your guide will explain the history of the area and its buildings as well as the deeply religious instincts of the Cambodian people.

Before heading off again, there is time to take a look at the spectacular Vipassana Dhura Buddhist Meditation Centre, also in Oudong. Your guide can explain more about the school of Vipassana (“”Insight Meditation””). Notable highlights include the impressive jade Buddha, a mummified monk and the brightly painted walls telling the story of the Ramayana – the epic Sanskrit poem that decorates many pagodas seen around the country.

From here, it is not far to Phnom Penh where you will reach in the late afternoon.

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