I had not planned on stopping at Phnom Santuk, so I did not know what to look for or have a map of the site. There is so much there and I did not have much time, so I missed some of the main things to visit. The Ministry of Tourism of the Kingdom of Cambodia says:
"Many Buddha statues were carved from great mountain rock including three big Buddha statues reaching Nirvana, each has more than 10-meter length.
- Prasat Touch of pyramid shape, made of sandstone, has three stories and three-meter height, and is located next to the ancient wooden temple (presently, it is made of cement) with a rectangular pond (10m x 4m).
- Preah Bat Chann Tuk statue was carved on the stone shaped as food of a sacred human, and there are many other small sculptures. By the stories, the construction and the statues were erected during the reign of Preah Ponhea Dharma Reacha (1474-1494) and have been maintained until now.
Phnom Santuk has changed names to Chorn Chong Kiri and Phnom Krop Tuk. Chan Dare or Chan Chare are called two pieces of stone by local people that join all together in marked symbol and made in small hole, the passenger arrived there, they always dropped cash coins (ancient coins) into this small hole. When cash coins was dropped in, it make soft weak voice like a voice of the birds sing or music with happiness. So they did that since ancient period."
I found out later that Chan Dare is not quite to the top of the staircase. It is marked by blue painted arrows. The large reclining Buddhas are located in the bedrock below the southern end of the summit. For more information on Phnom Santuk, see also the travelogues below.
The drive from Siem Reap seemed to take forever, even if the car was air conditioned and the driver rather sleepy. On arrival, it was not difficult to find our destination: The provincial Hospital and the newly opened Diabetes Clinic. Waiting for us, was Dr Nget Bochum, who was our host for the next few hours, answering patiently the question about his province. it is a poor province and the tourism potential is very close to zero. You might have passed through here on your way to Pnom Penh.
I had a nice Lunch and a walk around the centre of the town which seemed very deserted.