Phnom Chisor
Historic SitesAncient RuinsReligious Sites
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
There is an ancient Khmer temple located on top of the hill. The temple was built in the 11th century of laterite and bricks with carved sandstone lintels by the Khmer Empire king Suryavarman I, who practiced Brahmanism. It was dedicated to the Hindu divinities Shiva and Vishnu. The original name of the temple was Sri Suryaparvata, "The mountain of Surya".
Duration: 2-3 hours
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
The area
Address
Stariway of Chiso Mountain from the E, Rovieng 21000 Cambodia

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as waiting time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles208 reviews
Excellent
84
Very good
86
Average
28
Poor
8
Terrible
2

Amrit A
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
One of beautiful mountain and there many steps to go up to see temple, it is very beautiful landscape from Top of mountain and Buddhist monastery near temple.
Written 11 August 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Cambodia Nomad Tips
Phnom Penh, Cambodia513 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
If you've never been to Angkor Wat,then this is the place to be.The step aren't too bad and the view at the top is awesome.Beautiful temple and only a few people around.
Written 16 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

John C
Corby, UK152 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We arrived there at around 10am. There were virtually no people about. The walk up the mountain was easy at that time of the morning, before the heat set in. We went straight to the hammocks, a bit further past the temple. The ladies cooking food were there and we ordered a chicken for later in the day. We relaxed and enjoyed the peace and quiet and took in the spectacular views.
Around midday more people began arriving, including school kids. But not really a problem. We ate our food and then began exploring the site. We found some monks in the temple, my friend is Buddhist and she went in to pray, and then took me in as well, showed me what to do, and the monks seemed OK with a christian in there temple.
We walked to the top and also from in front of the temple you can see the ruins of a couple of other buildings on the plain.
This is a religious site and there is a lot of restoring happening.
Written 6 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

TJim60
3,229 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
There are spectacular views of the countryside from the temple. For some tourists these can overshadow the temple itself.

For many cultures hilltops or mountain tops are sacred sites. Phnom Chisor remains an active religious site for Buddhists. There is (Buddhist) monastery and additional newer buildings.

We found this aspect the most interesting along with the fine architecture and carvings in the temple and the decorations in the Buddhist structures.

The temple was built or at least started by Suryavarman I who also was responsible for Prasat Preah Vihear (a current bone of contention between Thailand and Cambodia over ownership) and the completion of Ta Keo in Angkor (the first known temple in Angkor built completely of sandstone).

A bit of a climb, but anyone in reasonable health should be able to complete the journey.

Yes, there is an admission fee for foreigners, but it's a modest amount. You'd spend more walking in the door at Starbucks.

At the top you'll find the temple (originally Hindu dedicated to Shiva and VIshnu) with some more recent (keep in mind the original temple was built in the 11th Century CE) Buddhist structures, including the monastery..

Originally the temple was called "Sri Suryaparvata" which is properly translated as Mountain of Surya (the king's name) not "mountain or temple of the sun".

Suryavarman 1 was an interesting chap - according to most accounts a Mahayana Buddhist who built Hindu temples and didn't interfere with his subjects preference for Hinduism. But then there are connections between the two religions. It's not uncommon to find Hindu deities in Buddhist wats at least in SE Asia. Nor to find Buddhists who have shrines to Hindu deities in their offices or homes.

There are also some spectacular views of the countryside from the summit.

See the attached pictures to get a better idea of the temple and the views..
Written 29 March 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Mochiscaretaker
Mongolia18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
Phnom Chisor is a day-trip from Phnom Penh, and one of four important temples that Suryavarman I constructed in the 11th century to map out his Angkorian world. Perched high on a hill, the long staircase is well worth climbing to see this temple and the vistas that its hilltop location offers.
Written 20 February 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

zardosa
Nelson234 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
A 2 hour trip by car from Phnom Penh on a very busy road. Interesting walkway to the top but not as arduous as others have made out. Kinda ok when you get there but a little underwhelming and certainly agree re previous comments about plastic garbage. Nice view, areas for some cool photo opportunities. Alternatively in the opposite direction from Phnom Penh you can travel about 1.30 hour by car and you can go to the infinity more amazing Oudong mountain. No contest!
Written 5 February 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Pauline B
Perth, Australia75 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
What used to be a place of natural beauty and serenity - shaded by trees and green - is now a concreted monstrosity. And word of warning - it used to be free - but no more. And you don't know this until you reach the top - for Temple entry. But even if you just want to look around - you cannot. You are told to leave. So don't bother even arriving.
Written 8 January 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

R F
Singapore, Singapore27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
We recently visited this temple ground. The view at the hill top is all worth the effort after climbing up the 412 steps, easy to modest fitness level. The temple ground is reasonably maintained, although littering problem is very visible but the park keeper is doing their best to keep it clean. People were friendly and not much hassle. Whilst the Phnom Chisor Temple doesn't have the grand setting as many of the temples you visit in the Angkor Wat area, because it's nestled on top of a hill that commands 360degree view of the country side, it's still very much worth the journey.
Written 11 August 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

mon0818
Hong Kong, China114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
Phnom Chisor is more than 1 hour away from Phnom Penh, and tuk tuk, bikes or cars might be the only way to reach the sites as I don't seem to see any public transportation going there.

It is located on the top of a hill but the few hundred steps leading to the top were well maintained and manageable. As we got to the top and approached the ruins, a park staff showed up from nowhere and collected an entrance fee of USD 4 (USD 2 per person) - it seems legit as he did give us the tickets.

The now ruined temple was built in the 11th century and predates the temples in Angkor Wat. The architectural style is similar to that of Angkor Wat, but in a much smaller scale. What made this place very special was the stunning view of the surrounding countryside. The shades of green was mesmerising.

Many pilgrims visit Phnom Chisor as there are other live temples near the ruins. We were not dressed for temples but the temple watchers still called us in. I wonder if that was trying to get me to donate. Further up from the main ruins there were also other less popular monuments, not particularly impressive but worth a look if you have the time.
Written 7 August 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ron R
Baguio, Philippines120 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018
Located about 60 km south of Phnom Penh, this overlooked destination is a nice historical site. We were not lucky enough to go down to the original main entrance of the temple because it was rainy season when we visited. We suggest u go during summer.

When you plan for a visit, be ready to climb up the stairs to get an amazing view from the temple.
Written 11 July 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 145
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

Phnom Chisor, Rovieng - Tripadvisor

FlightsTravel StoriesCruisesCar Hire