Strangler Fig at Sambor Prei Kuk

Strangler Fig at Sambor Prei Kuk

Strangler Fig at Sambor Prei Kuk

The temples of Sambor Prei Kuk are some of the oldest and best preserved pre-Angkorian temples in Cambodia. Originally known as Isanapura, construction started during the seventh century AD, but the site remained an important centre of learning during the Angkorian period. Although most of the buildings are constructed from brick, some sandstone has been used on some of the structures. Although the temples are less awe-inspiring than those at Angkor Wat, they do provide an interesting historical context to the development of the Angkor civilisation and we were glad we visited them. Except for a small group of French tourists, we saw no other visitors.

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Bustling Kompong Thom is usually the town travellers pass through en route along the smooth National Road 6 from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, stopping for a bite to eat at the enormous Arunras Restaurant. Set on the Stung Sen river, this backwater town is also the jumping off point for visiting Sambor Prei Kuk -- ruins from the Chenla period predating the famed Angkorian temples to the north, as well as Phnom Santuk, a rundown hilltop temple similar but inferior to Phnom Udong in Kandal Province. This is also the area from which Cambodia's most notorious despot, Pol Pot, hailed.

About a half million people reside in the province, Cambodia's centremost, and its terrain is how one envisions the country's landscape, with flat, green rice fields being plowed by ... Read our complete Kompong Thom travel guide

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