Chi So Mountain
Chi So Mountain, Cambodia
A Temple of One’s OwnThe bustle and construction of Phnom Penh can get overwhelming and it’s times like these that I start eyeing the endless patchwork of rice fields that surround the capital. Only an hour drive south, set on top a hill with stunning views of the countryside is the Angkor temple of Phnom Chisor. To reach it one must hike somewhere between 500-700 steps (reports vary and I quickly lost interest in counting). But when you reach the top it is all worth it – a jungle temple that, unlike Angkor Wat in the north, is devoid of tourists and clicking cameras. With our own personal temple we were free to explore, chat with the priests that live within the ancient structures, and sit on the stone steps listening to the distant notes of temple music waft up on the warm breeze.