at Tro Pang Sap village, Tro Pang Sap commune, Ba Ti district, Takeo
province. Phnom Tamao can be accessible by the national road No 2 in 40
kilometer distance from Phnom Penh. Then turning right more five
kilometers by a trail. it takes 45 kilometers drive from Phnom Penh. Phnom
Tamao is a varied site consisting of temples, mountain, nature and a big zoo
in Cambodia. Phnom Tamao has 2,500 hectares land area called
forest-protected area; in this area, the Department of Forestry has taken
1,200 hectares land area for planning trees and 70 hectares land area for
organizing zoo. The 70 hectares land area consisting of five mountains
namely : Phnom Tamao, Phnom Thmor Dos, Phnom Phdan Poan, Phnom Chhoy and
Phnom Bang. Among the five mountains, two mountains have ancient temples are
Tamao Temple ( is
locate at Phnom Tamao) : Was
build in 11th century during the reign of the king, Soryak Varman I
dedicated to Brahmanism, the temple made of Thmor silt and red-solid
brick, located on the peak of 30 meter mountain of Tamao, near Tamao
pagoda. Now, the temple is damaged and is almost unrecognizable.
Thmor Dos Temple (
is located at Phnom Thmor Dos) :
The temple is located on a 35 meter mountain of Thmor Dos, northwest of
Tamao temple and was built in 11th century. The temple made of Thmor
silt and red-solid brick. Now, most of the temple is damaged. The people
want to go to this temple for worshipping than Tamao temple.
In addition, Phnom Tamao
has a big zoo in Cambodia; the zoo is under the supervision of the
Department of Forestry, Ministry of Agriculture and has 84 varieties of
animals and birds; two kinds of them are brought from abroad.
- There are 150-fourfooted
animals consisting of 38 kinds.
- There are 300 birds consisting of 38 kinds.
- There are 30 reptiles consisting of 8 kinds.
All these animals are
brought here by the Ministry of Agriculture and by seizing from offenders
who illegally traffic in wild animals through out Cambodia. For taking care
of these animals, we need to expend US$ 120 per day for food, and 22 staff
and workers are working there. The average number of tourists visiting Phnom
Tamao is 500-600 visitors per week; but during the festivals, there are
7,000-8,000 visitors per week. The local people for communes around the
Phnom Tamao are earning money from selling food to tourists. We can extend
package-tour program the above two resorts because these resorts are the
popular sites for local and international tourists, and their location is
near Phnom Penh. As the sites can attract many tourists, we expect to lure
investors to invest on tourist facilitation and constructing the trail from
the national road No 2 to the resorts. The Department of Forestry has a
project on constructing an inside trail linking from Tonle Ba Ti to Phnom
Tamao in 6 kilometers distance.