Why Kampong Thom?
A picturesque river setting
Kampong Thom is the capital of Cambodia’s second-largest province and is located about halfway between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. A picturesque town on the banks of the Stung Saen River, the Sambor temple and Prei Kuk temple are the two main temples in the area, but there are also smaller Angkorian sites to discover.
Kampong Thom Highlights
Here we have selected a few of the sights and experiences that you really should see on a visit to Kampong Thom.
Sambo Prey Kuk Temple
This cultural and historical site, just outside Kampong Thom, was once a capital city known as Isanapura and a religious centre for the worship of Shiva Brahmanism. Many temples were built in Sambo Preykuk during the reign of King Isanavarman I in the 7th century, and now this group of ancient temple ruins, which pre-date Angkor Wat, lay scattered off the beaten track within a shady forest.
Santuk Silk Farm
This is one of the few places in Cambodia where you can see the entire process of silk production, starting with the seven-week life cycle of the silkworm. The farm employs local artisan weavers to create scarves and other items.
Its forest-surrounded summit adorned with Buddha images and a series of pagodas, this holy temple mountain south of Kompong Thom is a popular site of Buddhist pilgrimage. To reach the top, climb the 809 stairs or take the easier paved road.
Hire a Bicycle
Discover the surrounding area at your own pace, by hiring a bicycle and exploring off the beaten track.
A selection of tours to Kampong Thom
Cambodia Tailor Made Culture
Spot Irrawaddy Dolphins, visit temples and experience the culture in a 10-day tour