Phnom Chisor is a historical site located in Sia village, approximately 60km from Phnom Penh. It was built in the early 11th century by King Suryavarman, and sits on top of a hill that requires visitors to climb 412 steps to the summit. A basic level of fitness is required to undertake this tour.
The views alone make the climb worth the journey, as it affords visitors a panoramic view of Takeo Province, with rice paddies stretching for kilometers. It is framed on 3 sides by buildings of a modern pagoda. Inside the main temple, there are Buddhist statues that are worshipped by the monks and lay pilgrims. An enclosure, partially ruined, surrounds the ancient complex. In 1973, the area of Phnom Chisor was devastated by an US bomb attack, and was rebuilt in 1979.
This three-day retreat lets you experience daily life in a temple, and is for those looking to escape the bustling world, and to slow down their pace of life.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||From your Hotel, Guesthouse or Green Cultural Travel Shop.
No. 339EO, Street Preah Sisowath,
|DEPARTURE TIME||By arrangement, from 7.30 am onwards.|
|RETURN TIME||Approximately 5:00 pm on the third day.|
|WEAR||Work clothes, or Casual modest clothes with no exposed shoulders or knees, Footwear, Hat, Sunscreen.|
|INCLUDED||Transport, Guide, Morning Tea, Orphanage food and other essential packs, Lunch Offering, Bottled Water.|
|NOT INCLUDED||Gratuities, Additional Offerings, Donations.|
This is a perfect way to experience temple life and slow down a busy mind.
Transportation & Snack
Departing from Green Cultural Travel’s riverside agency, we will enjoy a 2 hours’ drive through the rice fields and villages. A local snack will be offered to give you a taste of one of the specialties of Cambodia.
Upon arrival at Sia Village, you will need to climb 412 steps to the temple complex, known as “Phnom Chisor”, so a basic level of fitness is required to undertake this retreat. You will be housed within the temple complex in a simple room, so, again, for those looking for luxury accommodation, this is not a tour for you. But for the open-minded and adventurous, this is your game!
For the remainder of the afternoon, you are free to explore the grounds or relax in quiet contemplation.
We will then take lunch before embarking on a tour of the temple complex, taking in its rich history and the stunning views of the surrounding country side. Your Green Cultural Guide will explain the daily lives of the monks who call this holy place home.
Buddhist Ceremony and Dinner
After a late afternoon ceremony interpreted by your guide, a simple meal will be provided and eaten with the resident monks. Your time is free to read, or just enjoy the fresh air and view of the night sky.
Breakfast - Permaculture
The day starts with a morning blessing and a simple nutritious breakfast. We will then descend the stairs and spend time volunteering in a permaculture (food) garden developed by Green Cultural Travel as a pilot project for its outreach program at the local school.
Lunch will be taken at the base of the hill.
Guests are free to begin the climb back, or relax in a hammock at the traditional restaurant before returning to the temple complex. Alternatively, guests can take a tour of the local countryside and experience observing the locals going about their daily lives.
If you choose not to take the tour of the surrounding countryside, you are free to spend your time in quiet contemplation before you will take part in a later afternoon ceremony, followed by dinner.
Breakfast & Temple Life
The day starts with a morning blessing, and a simple nutritious breakfast. We will then spend time working alongside the local holy men, as they go about their daily lives, maintaining the temple grounds.
After lunch, taken again with the holy men, you will begin your climb down the hill, where your transport will be waiting to return you to Phnom Penh.