A key port on the trading route with Vietnam, the town of TAKEO (pronounced ta-kow) consists of two separate hives of activity: to the south, a dusty (or muddy, depending on the season) market and transport stop on NR2 – which has little to recommend it unless you want to visit one of the karaoke parlours – and to the north, a more picturesque area around the Rokha Khnong Lake, canal and port. Takeo makes a good base from which to visit the only Funanese sites so far identified in Cambodia, Angkor Borei and the nearby Phnom Da, which can be combined on a boat trip from town; an informative museum at Angkor Borei displays artefacts and statues unearthed at both sites. Since Takeo is only two hours from Phnom Penh, it’s possible to visit these sights on a day-trip.

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