If you are visiting Battambang in Cambodia, Sampeou Mountain is definitely worth a trip for the view. Located about 12km from Battambang city, Sampeou Mountain has a dark history.

Whilst the Khmer Rouge held power of Cambodia from 1975 – 1979, they used Sampeou Mountain as ‘killing caves’. The soldiers would beat their victims to death and throw their bodies into the caves. Nowadays, there is a memorial with the victims bones, just as you will find in many other parts of Cambodia.

To get to the top of the mountain, you can climb a steep staircase, which will take you around 30 minutes. Once at the top, take some time just to witness the gorgeous view. You can then climb back down, and witness millions of bats flying out of their home at dusk each day.