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Address: Along the Mekong River, Kampong Cham, Cambodia

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Climb up the first ladder then check you can climb back down

If you even THINK you might have vertigo or if you have a bad back or bad knees this isn't one for you. If you're looking at the lighthouse from the 'mainland' you can walk to the... read more

Reviewed 17 March 2017
Sam L
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Warsaw, Poland
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tower looks especially beautiful when it is seen from the Mekong bridge. I'm not sure what was its purpose but it looks nice and unusual.

Thank Aleksandraaaa
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173 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

If we would not have seen it at tripadvisor we would not have seen it, even we passed by - nothing special... basically ruined tower next to bridge

Thank juergen p
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

If you even THINK you might have vertigo or if you have a bad back or bad knees this isn't one for you. If you're looking at the lighthouse from the 'mainland' you can walk to the base of the Kizuna bridge and you'll find some steps up to road level. At the other end the steps down are found... More 

Thank Sam L
Toronto, Canada
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123 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Amazing view from the top- but the climb was frightening! Very steep climb! More of a ladder. But if you can get over it the view from the top is amazing! And Free! There's a little shop near the lighthouse and cabanas. We sat in the cabana had some beer and watched the sunset over the Mekong river! Amazing.

Thank justyna5
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

The French Tower was interesting. I wouldn't spend a lot of time there, but 30 min was good to climb to the top and see the beautiful view. The architecture was interesting.

Thank Penny B
Level Contributor
5 reviews
Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

Beautiful 360 view of Kampong Cham, Friendship Bridge, Bamboo Bridge and Mekong River. If you like a scenic bike ride from the French Tower follow road 308. It goes through Chirou Ti Muoy and Boeng Pruol Commune.

Thank Chris R
Stillwater, Oklahoma
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159 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

The French Tower architecture is really cool. The view is really good as well, though I must caution you about the steps. From the bottom, the steps don't look that bad, but then after the third or fourth landing they become intimidating. The steps are about a foot apart, and there are about 15 between each landing. A cool place... More 

Thank Keaton C
Cologne, Germany
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Nothing special. Nice view. It's said enough bout the steps. For me it's still a visit worth. Besides that, there is no entrance fee.

Thank hadisch
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2016

This lighthouse, right over the Japanese Friendship Bridge from Kampong Cham is an interesting legacy of colonial rule over Cambodia. Once you climb the stairs- more of a ladder- to the top, you are afforded an excellent view of Kampong Cham city across the Mekong and the surrounding Cambodian countryside. The whole trip including travel time should take no longer... More 

Thank Morgan C
Perth, Australia
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161 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2016

A lovely piece of history in this peaceful and beautiful small city. Glad I wasn't a lighthouse keeper back then as the climb to the top was beyond daunting. Well worth a visit.

Thank travelkat88

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