The Charm of Sambor Prei Kuk
The Charm of Sambor
Pre-Angkorian secrets such as the Sambor Prei Kuk are among some of these hidden complexes
one barely goes to; temple ruins scattered around dense forests which creates the place
a unique atmosphere. A perfect add-on for those seeking some Angkor respite.
WHY THIS TOUR?
Blissfully positioned, away from it all and coming eye to eye with a temple marvel of extraordinary beauty, has made this landmark of this ancient civilisation an authentic blessing. Cambodia’s most impressive group of pre-Angkorian monuments, Sambor Prei Kuk encompasses more than 100 mainly brick temples huddled through the forest, among them some of the oldest structures in the country.
Originally called Isanapura, it served as the capital of Upper Chenla during the reign of the early 7th-century King Isanavarman and continued to serve as an important learning centre during the Angkorian era.
08:00 - 17:00
We leave Siem Reap at around 8am and drive in southern direction over the national road in the towards Kampong Thom province. Its capital is named after Kampong Thom, a picturesque town on the banks of the Stung Saen River. Before we reach our goal, we stop at the Kampong Kdei, an ancient bridge that used to be the longest corbeled stone-arch bridge in the world.
Upon nearing the temple grounds, we head in northern direction for about 25 kilometres on a paved road to explore the pre-Angkorian Chenla capital of Prasat Sambor Prei Kuk for the visit, the complex of Isanapura is composed of 4 groups of temples. These are among the most ancient surviving examples of Khmer architecture. Enjoy a beautiful walk through the jungle with breath-taking views. It is certainly one the most beautiful examples of the Pre-Angkorian art of the 7th century (615 – 650AD). With more than hundred temples in a luxuriant vegetation, many are in ruins and some of them are sustains by roots of cheese monger as wood sculpting. Part of exploring the main ruins is done on foot over narrow paths, so bring some good walking shoes.
Lunch will be served near the temple before we make our move back in the direction of Siem Reap and leave the serene and soothing atmosphere of Sambor Prei Kuk behind us. We expect to be back at your hotel at around 5 pm.