According to local legend, the hill of Phnom Sampeu is the broken hull of a ship, sunk by a lovestruck crocodile suffering from unrequited passion for a young girl. When the woman in question and her fiancé took to sea, the croc attacked and sunk their ship, and the lovers were drowned.

Some distance away to the northwest, another quite separate small hill, Phnom Kropeu (Crocodile Mountain), continues the tale: the local population, scared of the crocodile, drained all the water from the area so that he couldn’t swim away, leaving the crocodile to perish, transforming into the hill you see today.

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