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Prasat Phum Prasat and Tnoat Chum

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Best visited if you have your own transport, three smaller sites of note, Prasat Phum Prasat and Tnaot Chum (east and west), are located to the southeast of Kompong Thom and can be visited in three to four hours.

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It would be fair to describe these sites as obscure and unless you have a specific interest in seeing as many Khmer ruins as possible, you’d really be wanting to have some time on your hands to warrant heading out to them. That said, the journey is half the attraction, and certainly in the case of Tnoat Chum, it is a beautiful trip, offering you plenty of opportunities to practise your Khmer when you get lost along the way.

The pagoda terrace veers around Prasat Phum Prasat. Photo taken in or around Prasat Phum Prasat and Tnoat Chum, Kompong Thom, Cambodia by Stuart McDonald.

The pagoda terrace veers around Prasat Phum Prasat. Photo: Stuart McDonald

While we visited these by motorbike, you could also approach them by car or tuk tuk, though expect tuk tuk drivers to recommend using a car as it is around 30 km one way to the furthest point, much of which is on dirt roads, so not making for a great tuk tuk experience.

We visited all three sites in around three hours ex Kompong Thom, but we were really trucking—if you are riding at a more sane speed, allow four hours, though 15 minutes at each site should more than suffice for most people. If you have time, you could easily bundle these with Phnom Santuk and Kok Rocha, in which case you would need to best part of a day to explore the lot at a comfortable pace.

Riverside scenery on the way to Tnoat Chum. Photo taken in or around Prasat Phum Prasat and Tnoat Chum, Kompong Thom, Cambodia by Stuart McDonald.

Riverside scenery on the way to Tnoat Chum. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Prasat Phum Prasat (or “temple of the village where there is a temple”) is an impressive eighth century 12-metre tall brick tower in a pyramidal shape set within the grounds of a temple in Phum Prasat village. The tower boasts a spectacular and beautifully preserved lintel and finely carved columns flanking the doorway, with a small shrine within. It's located just a couple of hundred metres south of the main highway, the turnoff is approximately 30 kilometres southeast of Kompong Thom on the main highway. It is not clearly ... Travelfish members only (Around 600 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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Prasat Phum Prasat and Tnoat Chum
Around 30km southeast of Kompong Thom
Admission: Free

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