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Hi, my name is Jim, I manage the California 2 Guesthouse in Phnom Penh. I have a passion for Cambodia and its rich heritage, wonderful people and beautiful places to explore. When I took over the Business in 2001 there wasn't much info on Cambodia and I was in the business of selling the country. As a result I needed to offer customers option and as a result, I began riding a motorcycle and finding temples was the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow ride in the countryside. After a few years, I acquired a GPS, not to find the treasures, but to mark them once I found them. (More often than not the route in was spaggeti and the route out was more direct) I travel on a 250cc motorcycle as seen left on the way to Odar Meanchey Province from Siem Reap Province on an ancient Dharmasala Route. Many visitors don't travel this way and a 250cc motorcycle isn't required to visit some of the places that follow, though it does offer freedom. Mini busses, Shared taxis, Motos driven by locals are some of the options available. As the country develops, more roads have been put in place and with better accessibility some of these places, consequently the adventure is disappearing. I want to share some of my journeys and hope to enrich your Cambodia experience with some of the same.
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Allan, I have another pic of it posted in my photos when it was overgrown. I was unsure if it was one of the same as I had accessed it from a different location at the time. Looking closer it is the same prasat. The locals on the east had called it Weil Somdai and the sign and access on the west called it Tropeah Somdai. Looking at US bombing maps from the Vietnam War, it is located in a pretty heavily bombed zone and I imagine that is the reason for its condition.

as I read it in CISARK, it is called Veal Somdey. I am going to my hometown for the new year and will spot it for sure. Merry X'mas and Happy New Year!

thx Jim for ur reply. I ll get contact to ur mail after I get a dirtbike, maybe early next year.

i was just at there a the right time. actually among those people who stood infront of the temple and were praying, i know only one who is my brother. the other just happened to come here for praying with a monk.

i see, it would be good if we could go out exploring the temples together. i am planning to get a dirt bike. actually i went to the cave a few months ago, just find time to upload it here.

it is like i have misunderstood ur caption. u said 2 at the base and the 3 i was talking about is the one on the top u did mention in ur last comment. :)

There is a new pagoda building in the temple compound now. It is called Prey Ky.

This one is absolutely stunning!

Ta Mab

N12.09101 E105.20098

12° 5' 27.636" 105° 12' 3.528"

I moved the mark. When I originally marked many of the places I used decimals and not degrees and minutes that were used here so placements were approximate. I have found a converter on line. Also with Cambodia becoming more popular, Google has improved the quality of their imagery. Thanks for the correction. I have many coordinates associated with the sites listed here as well as others on the California 2 website.

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