The small town of Battambang, west of Siem Reap, is home to an interesting museum that displays an array of sculptures and sandstone carvings collected from the various temples in the local area. There is also a section of the museum that details the history of local life and the colonial buildings. A short drive out of town is the temple of Wat Ek Phnom, which encompasses a modern pagoda situated in front of the original 11th-century ruins, although the main towers are still in a good condition. In the grounds opposite there is a large white statue of a sitting Buddha guarded by statues. A short drive from Wat Ek Phnom lies the hilltop temple of Wat Banan. Those who climb the 358 steps to the summit will be rewarded with spectacular views of the countryside below.
Venture beyond Angkor Wat and Phnom Penh
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