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If you are to believe everything guides such as Wikitravel, or the Lonely Planet say, then you’d think that Anlong Veng was nothing, but a haunt for weirdos and without a redeeming feature.

In fact, Along Veng and its surrounding areas are not only beautiful but extremely important when it comes to the contemporary history of Cambodia. Here’s our ultimate guide to traveling to Anlong Veng.

Best time to visit

The average temperature in this part of Cambodia is in the region of 30°C to 33°C. The preferred time to travel on the Cambodia Package Holiday is during the months October, November, December and January when the weather is nice and the temperature is slightly cooler at about 27°C. The warmest months in Cambodia is April which many travellers may wish to avoid if they preferred to limit the time spent touring the sights in intense heat. The rainy season can run from June until October with September the wettest month of the year. This month should be avoided by travellers that don't want to be touring in too much rain.

Check the below table for the general idea of Anlong Veng weather throughout the year.

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 30.6 26.6 20.8
Feb 32.5 28.5 23.1
Mar 34.2 30.3 25.1
Apr 35.2 31.1 26.1
May 34.5 30.4 26.5
Jun 33.4 29.6 25.8
Jul 32.5 29.1 25.5
Aug 31.9 28.8 25.5
Sep 31.2 28.5 25.5
Oct 31 28.2 25.2
Nov 31.1 27.9 24.1
Dec 30.4 26.8 21.8

Anlong Veng’s current weather and 7-day forecast

ANLONG VENG WEATHER

The below sights are either within the town or about 14 km up in the hills near the Choam border point.

In Anlong Veng

Anlong Veng Lake and Spillway 

This man-made lake was conceived and carried out by Ta Mok. Many large trees were killed by the flooding, and their trunks jut skywards like huge grey bones. The lake is unsettling to look at, but local people love the spillway created in the rainy season. Fishing, boating and the general splashing around are available, with just as many spectators as participants. 

Ta Mok's Town House 

The best-preserved of the Khmer Rouge houses, Ta Mok's house in town overlooks the eerie lake that Brother Number Four created himself. Murals of Angkor Wat and Preah Vihear, as well as a map of Cambodia and a strangely bucolic scene of bathing elephants decorate the walls and are, as yet, undamaged by graffiti. 

In the hills

Pol Pot's Grave

Prepare to be underwhelmed. A tin roof and a sign urging visitors to keep the area clean are all the tribute given to Brother Number One by his country. Oddly enough a Thai lottery winner has erected a spirit house on the site in honour of the former Khmer Rouge leader, who he claims, appeared to him in a dream with the winning numbers. A small pack of children often materialises when visitors arrive. 

Pol Pot's House

Not much left here but a shell of a house, overgrown with foliage and 'decorated' with profane graffiti. Water storage tanks, an underground chamber and a nearby pond round off the excitement. The motorcycle ride to the site is the real attraction, passing through fields and jungle in the Damrek Mountains. You will see Cambodia's iconic 'Danger! Mines!' signs on many of the trees. Do not, under any circumstances, venture off the road. Unfortunately, these mines are still regularly killing and maiming Cambodians. 

Ta Mok's Mountain House

Graffiti artists have been at it again with this little shell although this time, it's mostly young lovers proclaiming their eternal fidelity. Considering the amazing views from this site, it's not surprising that it should have become a regular make-out hill. Oddly enough, there are not one but two tiny spirit houses nearby, ostensibly, recent additions. A guesthouse has also been built less than 100 m away, taking advantage of the view. Those who don't fancy a night up here can relax with a beer in one of the many hammocks. The landmine warning applies to the road here as well. 

Between the two

Ta Mok's Grave 

Ta Mok's gravesite seems poised to become a much grander monument than Pol Pot's.

There are a few guesthouses in town, in addition to the place near Ta Mok's mountain house. Ask the moto-taxi drivers for advice.

In town

Monrom Guesthouse and Restaurant 

Tel: +855 11 884736

The king of Khmer kitsch with ostentatious furniture complemented with fairy lights. Rooms are clean and spacious. Air-con rooms are available for US$15. Has a restaurant. From US$8. 

New Lucky Star Guesthouse and Restaurant

Tel: +855 11 407585

Clean, spacious and secure. Has plenty of polished wooden furniture. Air-con rooms are available. Has a restaurant. From US$7.50. 

Raksmey Angkor Guesthouse

A bit small and run-down, but run by a very nice family. Fan and en suite toilet. US$5. 

Sokhaith Guesthouse 

Tel: +855 11 407585. 

Clean and spacious. It lacks the pretentious adornments that Monrom and New Lucky Star boast, making it less appealing to Khmer politicians and businessmen, and therefore more appealing to anyone who doesn't like watching fat, rich men with prostitutes. Haggling is necessary to get a room for US$5, and the initial US$7 for a room with a fan is not worth it given what else is in town. Air-con rooms are available from US$10. The lakeside setting is a plus, but comes at the price of being a little way from the centre. From US$5. 

In the hills

Heng Heng Guest House

Tel: +855 12 426678

A set of rooms in Choam. Air-con rooms are available (US$15). From US$9.

Eat

Khmer rice plates can be bought in various places. Just look for the lidded silver cook pots, have a peek inside them and point at your favourite.

Drink

Places selling soft drinks and coconut water often have beer in their coolers as well.

Get in

There are buses from Siem Reap, where it is roughly a 3-hour drive from. It is possible to mix it up a bit and drop in on the Koh Ker historical sites before heading to Anlong Veng.

It is 5 hours, or so drive from Pailin (the last Khmer Rouge capital city) as well as being a Thai border crossing.

Get around

The town is easy enough to cover on foot. Moto-taxis are eager to take the town's few visitors to the sites listed below for US$7-15. If haggling isn't your strong point and you're not desperate to see every last heap that has a connection with the Khmer Rouge, better prices can be had by taking on a motorbike driver for one-way journeys only. A motorbike to or from the border area should only be US$3-4. The sights in town can be reached on foot. Plenty of drivers hang about at the border, so don't fear being stranded.

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