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Overlooking the scenic Stung Seng River, Sambor Village Hotel is located 1969 feet from central Kompong Thom. With traditional Cambodian architecture, it also offers an outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi. The rooms have great character and so does the entire place with allot of green. Location is best as it is away from the main road so peaceful and quite next to the river yet close to everything. The staff are very nice and very helpful
Not a lot to see in Kampong Thom itself, though visitors interested in history would like to visit the varions ancient sites in the vicinity. Kompong Thom is interesting because it is less Westernized than Siem Reap or Phnom Penh, but that also means that there are fewer facilities.
Took a five dollar public ac reserved seat bus to Kampong Thom. It comes with lavender hued interior and 42” flatscreen tv and with no seatbelts. Took a tuk tuk to Prasat Sambor Pret Kuk temple site (over 257 temples have been identified)to see three temples built in 6-7 century CE in the Indian style to Shiva. Went to C group Prasat Tor first, then to S group Prasat Yeay Poun and finally to Prasat Sambo. Stopped by a sponge tree totally wrapped around a monument - Chheray temple Back in town we went to the derelict French Governors mansion in front of which there are three mahogany trees bearing strange fruit - a colony of flying fox fruit bats hundreds and hundreds of them Next day we had mr Vuth drive us to Phnom Santuk a mountain temple complex and pilgrimage point for local Buddhists. Many statues some very old and sculptured into live rock, some on pedestals and some in cement. A vista view eastward over the rice plains but best on the boulders just below the summit. We took a motorbike ride up for $2 per head and walked down the 809 steps. No Chinese nor Koreans to be seen also contributed to the phenomenal and very worthwhile experience. Stopped at the sandstone carvers roadside shops and found a vendor from whom we bought two pieces 150-450mm height
A welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of Siem Reap. Beautiful temple ruins set in a shaded forest where, with a detailed map, we were able to amble along exploring ALONE. Walking along the river side in early evening was also nice. Choices for good eats were bountiful from road side seats to air-con restaurants . Don't forget to try the sticky rice from the roadside vendors!
There's not much to do in Kampong Thom, though it's conveniently located for visiting the Sambor Prei Kuk temples. There are more restaurants south of the river, though we didn't really find anything besides street vendors (and not many at that) north of the river, which is where our guest house was located. It's mostly a long, straight muddy road with a bunch of motor bike dealers and guest houses. Though, do yourself a favor if you're craving Western food and head to the Love Cafe and Pizza for amazing burgers, fries, pizza and ice cream! This restaurant made the over night trip worth it!
I visited Kompong Thom in order to see Sambor Prei Kuk, which was well worth the visit. Kompong Thom itself is a small town with nothing much to see, but is a good starting point to see Preah Khan (Kompong Sway) and Preah Vihear Khan.
We had 2 night stop to visit near by ruins, an absolute must. The town itself I seemed to have trouble with the food which is not me at all. Everything had a strange funky taste and we put it down to the eggs. One day is enough here.
A nice and quiet boutique hotel in rural environment right near the Stung Sen river (where Pol Pot was born just a mile up the river). Staff is very gentle and helpful, speaking english pretty well and organising all you might plan. The bicycles are free and in good condition and pretty welcome as the way to the „city“ is a bit dusty in the dry season. The restaurant obviously is the best in town.
Clean, quiet place to relax. Good structure of hotel buildings. Good atmosphere and environment.