Known as Cambodia’s second largest province by area. Its capital is named Kampong Thom, a picturesque along with the Stung Sen river. Talking a little bit about the history, Kampong Thom province had its first name as “Kampong Pos Thom” due to the past at the dock of Stung Sen river, there was a big cave with a pair of big snakes inside and it appeared only around Buddhist holiday. The town itself is located on the national highway No 6 between Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. Kampong Thom province has numbers of significant places to visit including the main temples which is Sambo Prey Kuk temple. If you love to visit a historical site beside Siem Reap, Kampong thom is a perfect choice. The list down below will help guide you to choose your favorite place to visit.
1. Sambo Prey Kuk Temple
Located in Sambo village, Prasat sambo district, about 25 kilometers from Kampong Thom provincial town. Known as a cultural and historical site, this beautiful temple combines with nature to create an incredible architecture. This place represents one of the first urban capital making Kampong Thom the center of power for the Chenla Kingdom. It was built in the 7th century and constructed of solid bricks and sandstones. There are some small stalls in that area where visitors can stop by and buy some souvenirs back home. Although, the temple couldn’t stay in a whole shape but it’s worth to check out. It is considered as one of the most famous tourist attraction in Kampong Thom.
2. Phnom Santuk
Located in Ko Koh village, Santuk district, about 17 kilometers south of Kampong Thom provincial town and this site include four mountains. Travelers will get to enjoy the beautiful view on the top of the mountain, feel a little out of breath and beware for the unexpected adventure due to the old steps which have been built in the recent past. Thus, there are a few places to stop and look along the way. Besides offer a lovely view, this place is surrounded by a series of small temples and Buddha statues. Visit this place would be a great opportunity to do as the local do in the province. This place is not to missed in your Kampong Thom trip.
3. PreahKhan of Kampong Svay
Another popular place for travelers to check out. Located just 100 kilometers east of Angkor city. This mystery temple has become the best tourist attraction in the past few years and gone famous. Visit this temple and you will see two beautiful carved elephants on the side of the walk. Same as the other ancient temple, this one was also constructed of bricks and sandstones. One of the thing that make the temple so alluring today is the greatest vulnerability of it. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and amazing architecture, travelers will gain another great journey experience.
4. Cycling around Kampong Thom
Kampong Thom province offer some beautiful rural area and amazing scenery which create the best experience; take some time biking around a few route. Hire a bike in the town and start from the west side of the route six and turn right to see the big road. The route has some deadly amazing view, go as far as you can before head back. The scenery is stunning with rice fields, forests, and villages. Remember, you can always stop and take some pictures with your friends. One more tip is to make sure you bring your phone or anything that can use GPS to ensure your safety back.
5. Homestay in Kampong thom
Another exciting thing to do in Kampong Thom province enjoys a real taste of lives in rural area. This Khmer village home stay is a unique communities program that captures the essence of rural life. Travelers will get to watch farmers tap palm trees, learn silk weaving and enjoy traditional dance performance. This is for those people who love to learn a different culture.