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Kampong Thom

Cambodia

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.

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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.

Kampong Thom, Cambodia

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.

Kampong Thom, Cambodia

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.

Kampong Thom, Cambodia

Phnom Santuk

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.

Kampong Thom, Cambodia

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

  • Ta Prohm Siem Reap cambodia
    Cambodia Tailor Made Culture

    Discover Cambodia

    10 day tour from £2,055

    Discover Cambodia is a perfect tour to learn more about the country’s history, recent past and see the rare Irrawaddy Dolphins.

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