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Kampong Thom

Written 10 February 2022
Kampong Thom

Kampong Thom is one of five provinces in the lower part of Tonle Sap Lake. It is rich in historical sites including temples from the pre-Angkorian era.

The famous Sambor Prei Kuk, an ancient city of two hundred brick temples, is located here. The city was built during the time of King Isanavarman when he successfully united the territories of Chenla Kork and the Khmer water territory of Chenla Toek. Sambo Prei Kuk served as the capital of the Khmer Empire for many centuries.

A visit to Sambor Prei Kuk is recommended before visiting the splendid Angkor Wat complex, as its design and style are the foundations that inspired the Angkor civilization.