Mosque in Siem Reap:
Neak Mah Mosque at Kampung Stengmai

Although this mosque is pictured clearly on most Siem Reap maps, getting to it is a different matter altogether.

First, most tuktuk drivers have never been there (understandable seeing as 95% of Cambodia is Buddhist).

Second, the last 500 meters of the road to the mosque is in bad condition.

Third, the mosque is not visible from the main road, so asking around when you think you may be lost is a must.

The Neak Mah mosque

The mosque is located on a dirt road and alongside a canal. The water running through the canal is almost black. The muddy brown color of the Siem Reap river looks positively clean when compared to the water in the canal.

Siem Reap Mosque - Canal
The canal and the dirt road

When we arrived, it looked like we had reached a small Muslim community in Siem Reap. At a glance, the living conditions didn’t look much different than other communities. There were little huts, simple houses, and small local shops, but we immediately noticed something different.

Instead of a view of a Buddhist temple, we were greeted with a view of a mosque. Instead of hearing the chants of monks, we heard children’s voices as they practiced reciting the Koran.

It was a surprising and different experience to say the least.

Siem Reap Mosque - The dome
The Neak Mah mosque with its golden dome

The mosque itself is a two story building with a large, golden dome at the top. There’s a row of water spouts on the side for ablutions. Inside, there’s a pile of praying rugs on the sides and a small place for sermons in the front.

Siem Reap Mosque - The interior
The interior of the mosque

The school behind the mosque

Behind the mosque there’s a madrasa (a school for children) where we heard the recitations. It was filled with kids, with more and more coming in. For a moment, it looked like a scene from Malaysia or Indonesia. But no, this was still in SiemReap. In Kampung Stengmai to be precise.

Siem Reap Mosque - Madrasa
Kids hurrying to go to school

Siem Reap Mosque - Class in session
Class in session

Islam in Cambodia

We met a Muslim family through our tuktuk driver. From the questions that we asked and the answers we received, it became obvious that Islam is the minority religion in Cambodia. Although the community is a mere 10 minute ride from the Old Market, our tuktuk driver and the Muslim family lived in a ‘different world.'

That was an interesting reminder of the dominance of Buddhism in Cambodia.

Siem Reap Mosque - Local family
Cambodian Muslim family

So in short…

What an interesting trip to the Muslim community in Siem Reap! For Muslims, or anyone who’s ever lived in a Muslim country, I recommend this short trip to the mosque when you’re in the area. For others, this could be an interesting detour from the usual Buddhist temples and Wats.

Siem Reap Mosque - Community
Quiet surroundings in this community

Siem Reap Mosque - Hut
A hut on the other side of the canal

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It is a true pleasure to visit your web-site however I would please request you to update new photograph of mosque Al Nak Mah due to I saw it has been …

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Assalam o Alaikum! Today on July 18th, 2012, I have visited this masjid, a beautiful one. On Google Earth, its dimensions are: 13,21,10,88" N 103,50,55,74" …

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I visited that village and mosque back in 1999 ! I was backpacking in Asia started from Singapore till Vietnam by land ! Its good to see a report here …

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