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Kampong Thom

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Ideal duration: 2 days

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"Angkor Temples and the Tonle Sap"

Kampong Thom Tourism

Kampong Thom is a province in Central Cambodia, which is the second largest in area. Stung Saen is the capital of this province located on the banks of the Stung Sen River. Kampong Thom translates to 'great port' in Khmer.

Kampong Thom is also known for many beautiful Angkorian temples including Prasat Sambor Prei Kuk and Prasat Andet. Also, it is popular among the tourists for the Tonle Sap biosphere, including the lake and boating tours.

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Things to Do

Sambor Prei Kuk - It is an archaeological site known for the pre-Angkorian ruins, which are clusters of temple complexes located in the premises, surrounded by forests. This UNESCO heritage listed site is the most ancient archaeological site of Southeast Asia. Sambor Prei Kuk is a popular day trip option for people traveling in Kampong Thom to explore the architectural brilliance before the Khmer period in Cambodia. Boating tours in the Tonle Sap - Boating in the Tonle Sap is a popular tourist attraction. You can book boat tours with tour operators directly or at your hotels and guesthouses. A trip for about an hour costs between 8 to 10 USD per person, where you can explore the fishing villages, mangrove forests and the rich bisophere on slow boats. Phnom Santuk - It is a hill temple located in Ko Koh village in Santuk District. It is a sacred mountain, home to reclining Buddhas and several small shrines, which is reached after climbing about 800 steps. Phnom Santuk is known for the fantastic views of the Tonle Sap reserve. Prasat Kuh Nokor - Prasat Kuh Nokor is an Angkorian Buddhist temple known for its two ponds, located in Trodoc Poung village. It was built by King Suryavarman I during the 11th century.

Tips

There are just a few ATMs and cash is required for all transactions. It is suggested to carry enough money. Book accommodations in advance as there are limited options and they get booked quickly during the peak season. There are not many options for drinks and food close to the temples. It is better to carry some water and snacks. Also, there are no public toilets. There is no need to book any boat tours in the Tonle Sap in advance. The weather is hard to predict, and the prices are better if booked directly through the boat operators. Carry your passport with you when visiting Sambor Prei Kuk as you are required to show that to get your entry tickets. Visit the temples preferably in the early morning or late afternoon for pleasant weather.

What to Wear

As with the other temples in Cambodia, it is expected that tourists dress appropriately while visiting temples in Kampong Thom province. Women need to cover their shoulder at all times and wear knee-length attire. Sleeveless shirts and shorts aren't also allowed for both men and women. The rules are strictly followed, and you might be denied entry by the guards if you fail to obey them.

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FAQs on Kampong Thom

What is the best way to reach Kampong thom?

You can reach Kampong Thom from cities like Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Kratie, Sihanoukville and Kampot by buses and minivans. It takes about 2 to 3 hours to reach from Phnom Penh and there are frequent buses every day. From other cities, it takes about 5 hours or maybe more sometimes depending on road conditions. The price is between 6 to 8 USD per person. 
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What is the best time to visit Kampong thom?

The best time to visit Kampong Thom is between October to February, when the weather is not hot, and the humidity is manageable.  It is an excellent time to be outdoors exploring the temple. Go in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the hot sun and for pleasant sunrise and sunset views of the surrounding landscape.
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What is not so good about Kampong thom?

Although tourists visit this province, limited options in the amenities and accommodation options might not favour travelers not used to discomfort.

What is famous about Kampong thom?

Kampong Thom is a great destination to visit for a right mix of history and nature comprised of Angkorian ruins and the Tonle Sap biosphere.

Who should visit Kampong thom?

Kampong Thom is an ideal destination for all kinds of travelers - couples, families and solo travelers. People who love history and architecture would enjoy visiting the Angkorian ruins.

What are the places near Kampong thom?

The top places near to Kampong thom are Siem reap which is 134 km from Kampong thom, Phnom penh which is located 128 km from Kampong thom, Kep which is located 247 km from Kampong thom, Oudong mountains which is located 98 km from Kampong thom, Cardamom mountains which is located 97 km from Kampong thom

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