Hike up Sihanoukville Mountain to visit Wat Leu and take in the breathtaking view of the city as well as the nearby islands.
A trip to Cambodia is never complete without a visit to a Wat (temple). Wat Leu is one of Sihanoukville’s five main temples and is located on top of a hill surrounded by forests. Marvel at the Wat built to resemble pagodas with beautifully carved statues and walls, all of which create a sacred ambiance.
Wat Leu is in Krong Preah Sihanouk, near the city centre.
Opening Days and Hours
Wat Leu opens daily from 07:00 to 23:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance to the temple is free, but you can also give a small donation at your discretion.
How to Get There
Wat Leu is easily accessible by taxi or tuk-tuk from the city centre. You can also rent a bike or scooter to get there.
Wat Leu is a religious site and suits visitors consisting of families with kids, small groups of friends, young couples, seniors, and backpackers.
Time to Spend
An hour is usually sufficient to explore the temple.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
Wat Leu is slowly gaining popularity among Sihanoukville visitors. To enjoy the best view, visit the temple just before sunset to see the sky turn different shades of colours against the glistening temple.
No food stalls are available on the temple grounds and you will need to head back to the foot of the hill to buy something to eat.
You may want to drop by Wat Kraom, which is at the foot of the hill or head to Independence Beach (15 minute-drive).
Budget guesthouses, mid-range hotels, and resorts are available nearby the temple.
Good to Know
You should adhere to the dress code of visiting religious sites and be respectful.