The most enjoyable and interesting part of Takeo was the boat trip along the 1880s French built canal to the 11th century temple of Phnom Da. The trip also gave an insight into rural life along the water way from fishing, and transporting a variety of goods, supplies and people in boats. I also enjoyed walking through the streets to see remnants of French Colonial Buildings and the comfortable and relaxing journey by train from Phnom Penh.
Takeo is a much needed stop between Phnom Penh and Chau Doc in Vietnam. If you're traveling and not in a hurry, you should definitely stop by and check out the local temples. There are some good places to eat too, like Fred's Bar, which serves local and international cuisine.
Easy to get to from the VN border on the bicycle. Good road with wide shoulders. Interesting countryside before and after with a few intriguing wats to check out. Quick up to Phnom Penh but better to ride a little on the main road [21 km] then head north across to Kandal and into PNH that road.
Not at all prepared to welcome tourists. Don't expect anyone to speak English, better if you learn some essential Khmer words. There's nothing much happening at all here. I volunteered for an NGO and even when meeting people we were aimlessly wandering about the town. If going to Angkor Borei/Phnom Dar, take a boat from Phnom Penh instead.