The pleasantly leafy town of ANGKOR BOREI, some 25km from Takeo, sits on the banks of the Prek Angkor, a tributary of the Bassac. It’s well known to scholars as where the earliest known example of written Khmer was discovered, and archeological excavations have identified many features of the pre-Angkorian town, including a moat 22m wide, a section of high brick wall and numerous extensive water tanks. Unfortunately, there is now little to see of the site apart from the finds in the fine local museum.
Angkor Borei can be reached year-round by boat, 20km up a canal and river, an interesting journey through wetlands that are home to a variety of waterbirds, with all types of boats coming and going. The museum is the main draw, but you can also explore the excavated Funan-era archeological sites here and at nearby Phnom Da.