Sisophon is the provincial capital of Banteay Meanchey province, Cambodia. This is a small town in North-western Cambodia. Stueng Sisophon is a medium sized river that meanders round the southern circumference of the town.
The town’s main tourist draw is the Banteay Chhmar temple complex, which offers a more remote and atmospheric alternative to the Angkor Archaeological Park.
The town is small enough to be comprehensively covered on foot. Even the nearest attraction beyond the town, the lookout tower on Phnom Bak, can be enjoyed on foot from the town.
Phnom Jorn-Tien is perhaps within walking distance though the major road and unforgiving climate make taking a motodop the best way to enjoy it.
There are some highlighted places in Sisophon which are:
Sisophon Station lies south west of central Sisophon. It is on the Phnom Penh to Poipet line. Services to Sisophon terminated in 2006, and the station is currently in decay. Its French-built art deco architecture can still be appreciated, as can the platforms and the informal economy that has taken over the station area, which lends the area a lively flavour of urban squalor.
Phnom Bak (131 m) to the immediate north of Sisophon’s centre, features an old government lookout tower, used in the 1990′s to watch the Khmer Rouge’s movements in the area. There are great views of the town town to the south and dusty planes to the north. The track to the top ascends the hill’s northern side. The guard at the top will unlock the gate to allow access to the tower itself.
Phnom Jorn-Tien (Wall Mountain, 98 m) is a hill approximately 2 km west of town, on Road No. 6. There is a pagoda half way up and a well. The hill’s vertical face has been used by visiting climbers, though there is neither equipment hire nor guides. Two crazy outcast women live next to a small shrine at the top of the hill – take care, they bite but are easy easy enough to outmanouver!
Banteay Neang is situated 10km south of Sisophon on National Highway 5. The village features a very small but intimidating ‘mountain’ with a large golden Buddha at the top. A nice view of the locality can be had, with a refreshing breeze. However, this is only really for people with time to kill in Sisophon – it’s no Angkor Wat.