The Charm of Sambor Prei Kuk

The Charm of Sambor
Prei Kuk

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.

TRAIL ITINERARY

The Charm of Sambor Prei Kuk

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.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • One day pass into the Angkor Archaeological site
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply.
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Siem Reap. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside this area such as Tonle Sap, Koh Ker, Banteay Srei and Siem Reap International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Part of this excursion includes walking over unpaved roads and paths. This may not suit guests with walking issues. Bear in mind that such paths may turn slippery / muddy after a rain shower. We suggest wearing good walking shoes, preferred closed shoes, when booking this tour.
  • To avoid any issues pertaining obtaining an arrival visa at the airport, please ensure that your passport contains at least two empty pages. Failure to do so may result in not gaining entrance into the Kingdom of Cambodia.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.

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