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Why Wat Leu is special ?
Wat Leu, Sihanoukville is not only a religious and historic site it is also significant from the architectural point of view. Sihanoukville Wat Leu is surrounded by a high stone wall and many great view from nearby. The tranquility and sacredness of the place attracts the travelers as well as those who are in search of peace. Although Sihanoukville is an important port city and is known for its natural treasures but the wats made it one of the most Tourists Attractions in Sihanoukville.
The Wat Leu monks maintain the Khmer Buddhist traditions. On special days many people will prepare food and fruit to offer to the monk at the pagoda. In return the monks will bless them and wish them good luck and happiness in their lives.
What to explore at Wat Leu?
You can get a panoramic view of Wat Kraom located amidst the large landscaped forest. from Wat Leu, Sihanoukville. Wat Leu is also ideal for photography. There is a three headed white elephant beautifully carved out of the stone wall with three statues of Buddha on the three heads of the elephant. The golden colored temple with thatched roofs and traditional design resembles the pagodas. In front of the stair case that leads to the temple's door there is a huge statue of lord Buddha made of black colored stones. Wat Leu is surrounded by a beautifully landscaped forest. The hilltop Wat Leu in Sihanoukvill offers wonderful views of the town and islands nearby.
How to get to Wat Leu?
Sihanoukville, also known as Kampong Som, is about a 3 hour bus ride towards south west from the capital Phnom Penh. You can also get there by boat from Koh Kong
Apart from boat, there are many ways to get there:
- Motorcycle Taxi: (motodup, moto) drivers expect foreigners to pay 1000-2000R in town. Locals pay less but getting the local price is nearly impossible. Prices go up for multiple passengers and at night. Settle on a price and destination before taking the ride and insist on being taken directly to your requested destination.
- Motorcycle Rental: At the moment there is a ban on tourists driving motorcycles and cars in Sihanoukville. It is not clear whether the ban is permanent or will be lifted at some point in the future. Prior to the ban, most of the tourist-oriented businesses in town rented motorcycles, including most guesthouses and hotels, the bus companies, travel/tour companies and even restaurants. 100cc bikes were between $3-$5/day. Fewer places rented 250cc bikes but they were still readily available at about $7-$8/day. 100cc is more than sufficient for travel in town and to the beaches. Most places required a passport as security. Always lock your motorcycle or leave it in guarded parking. Motorcycle theft is not uncommon.
- Car Rental: Car rental (with diver) can be arranged through your hotel or travel agent. Taxis at the downtown bus and taxi station are also available for private hire. Cars cost around $20/day with driver. They can also be hired for short jaunts in town ($4-$6) and specific trips such as sunset mountain ($10) the waterfalls ($15) or Ream ($17).
- Great view of the nearby
- Ideal for photography
- The Khmer Buddhist traditions
- A religious and historic site
- the highlight architectural point
Wat Leu, Krong Preah Sihanouk Cambodia
Tips for you
What a special, place. Fantastic views and beutiful temples. Locals very helpful and we even had a pure chance meeting with the buddhist leader of the area and received travel blessings. The quiet temple with orphans staying in the pagoda. They acted as friendly guides when arrived. Buying simple stuffs like water and banana will help to support them.