Kompong Thom Province
Welcome Ladies and Gentlemen. I am very happy and I would like to tell you all about Kompung Thom province and Sambor Prei Kuk temple where is very interesting for tourists to take a Car or 4WD cruise to see the Dry Forest, Wetland, grassland, Ricefilde: of 30 % of the country population are living and rely on the rich natural resources of this Dry forest.
Departure in early morning and take about 3 hours (220 Km) from Siem Reap. It is very interesting to visit Sambor Prei Kuk temple, . Sambo Prei kuk is a located in Sambo village, Sambo commune, Prasat Sambo district, about 35 kilometers northeast of Kampong Thom provincial town. Sambor Prei Kuk is an archaeological is located in Kampong Thom Province 30 km north of Kampong Thom, the provincial capital, 176 km east of Angkor and 206 km (128 mi) north of Phnom Penh. In 2017, Sambor Prei Kuk was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The site was once an old capital named Isanapura and a religious center for the worship of Shiva Brahmanism. There are many temples were built in Sambo Prei kuk during the reign of King Isanavarman I (AD 616-635) in the 7th century and There are about 140 temples have been discovered in the forest. The buildings of Sambor Prei Kuk are characteristic of the Pre-Angkorean period with a simple external plan. The principal material is brick, but sandstone is also used for certain structures. Architectural features include numerous prasats, octagonal towers, shiva lingams and yonis, ponds and reservoirs, and lion sculptures.