Cambodia’s three major tourist attractions of Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville have grown beyond recognition within the last few years, but believe it or not there are many Kampong Thom attractions. No longer are Sihanoukville’s beaches a quiet getaway, no longer can you experience the splendor of Angkor Wat without thousands of tourists all trying to get the same pictures and those days of a tuk tuk ride through the streets of Phnom Penh have been replaced by chaotic traffic jams and congestion.
So where can you experience that rural Cambodian charm and explore hidden ancient temples all with the scenic beauty of an evening river cruise? Check out our guide to Kampong Thom attractions to find out.
Sambor Prei Kuk UNESCO world heritage site is one of the major Kampong Thom attractions, a complex of ancient temples that pre dates those at Angkor Wat, luckily for you we have created a listing all about Sambor Prei Kuk here.
Also there is the Phnom Santuk Pagoda. 809 steps high this temple on top of a mountain offers beautiful sunset views with troops of monkeys on the way up & down making this the stuff of real adventure. We have a listing devoted to this attraction linked here.
The Stung Sen River that runs through Kompong Thom is perfect for relaxing evening river cruises through the Cambodian countryside. You will be welcomed by farmers washing their buffalo and even river communities catching fish or taking a bath in the river at the end of the day. We organised through the Sambor Village resort which a beautiful and relaxing place to stay offering every service you could possibly need with very friendly and helpful staff.
The town itself isn’t much to look at but hey you’re not in Kompong Thom for that. You’re there to unwind, take life slowly and have a traditional and unique Cambodian adventure that so many other people miss out on.
Explore some of Phnom Penh’s more well known and lesser known attractions
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