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Sambor Prei Kuk
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  • Nsebaek
    Copenhagen, Denmark1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting tour with a great guide!
    We spent about half a day in Sambor Prei Kuk, with a great guide, Ms. Sok Deung. She was very knowlable, and could tell us everything about the temples, about architecture, mythologies, customs and renovation work, as well as temporary history. If you want to visit here, we highly recommend Ms. Sok Deung, as she will add even more levels to your experience here. Also, if you want to travel off the beaten track, Ms. Sok Deung can help with accommodation within the local community. Give her a call at +855 777 69 215. Best recommendations from us!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 August 2023
  • SeshKomanduri
    Bengaluru, India288 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    More to Cambodia than just Angkor temple complex!
    This cluster of Hindu temples (apparently there are about 30-odd remaining now from the original 70+) pre-date the Angkor temple complex by about 300 years. These temples are in various states of ruin. Here too , one can see temples that have been taken over by trees, temples sitting on between a clump of tree etc. Apparently the civil war/ Khmer rouge activities also took a toll on this temple site, along with the natural decay due to ageing. While Sambor prei kuk is nowhere as popular as Angkor Wat, it also means that there are very few tourists and you will have time to check out things at your own pace. This WHS site is located midway (approx!) between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, and is a great stop to plan if you are doing a road trip between these cities. Or like in our case, you could plan a road trip so as to visit this site !!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 January 2024
  • Steven Phich
    Cambodia135 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exploring the Magnificence of Sambo Prei Kuk
    Sambo Prei Kuk is a remarkable archaeological site in Cambodia that allows visitors to explore the magnificence of the ancient Chenla Kingdom. With over a hundred well-preserved temples, this UNESCO World Heritage site showcases the architectural brilliance of the Chenla civilization. The temples, divided into three main groups, each have their own unique charm and features. Beyond its historical significance, Sambo Prei Kuk offers a serene and picturesque setting, surrounded by dense forests. The preservation efforts by the Cambodian government and international organizations ensure that this invaluable site remains authentic for future generations to appreciate. To fully experience the wonders of Sambo Prei Kuk, it is recommended to plan a day trip from Kampong Thom and take in the scenic landscapes along the way. This extraordinary destination is a must-visit for history enthusiasts and adventurers alike, offering a captivating experience and a glimpse into Cambodia's rich cultural heritage.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 February 2024
  • merle r
    Toronto, Canada7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful visig to Sambor Prei Kuk
    Stopped on the drive from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap at Sambor Prei Kuk . Sok Deung who can be reached on What’s App at +85577769215 gave us an excellent tour that brought this ancient site to life. She also organized bikes for us at the last minute which allowed us to see much more than we would otherwise have been able to. We highly recommend a visit to Sambor Prei Kuk and highly recommend the services of Sok Deung while you are there.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 March 2024
  • swisstraveller
    685 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A mystical untouristy place
    On the way from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh we stopped at Sambor Prei Kuk, and all I can say is WOW !! What a beautiful place. I am a huge history and culture nerd and love "old stones", and so that was totally my place. It was around midday when we visited, and so it was extremely hot, but it was stil mystial and very special. The ruins of the temples are in a beautiful forest, and there are hardly any other visitors. When we were there, we saw two other tourists. Lets hope that it stays that way.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 March 2024
  • Christine D
    37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical!
    This Pre-Angkorian site is magical! Our guide took us through the temples with his expertise, explaining every detail and answering all of our questions. Plenty of monkeys and lizards at these temples! Perfect to do in conjunction with Angkor Wat for comparison. Especially interesting to me was the processes of preservation and reconstruction.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 April 2024
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Christine D
Tacoma, Washington, United States37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
This Pre-Angkorian site is magical! Our guide took us through the temples with his expertise, explaining every detail and answering all of our questions. Plenty of monkeys and lizards at these temples!
Perfect to do in conjunction with Angkor Wat for comparison. Especially interesting to me was the processes of preservation and reconstruction.
Written 16 April 2024
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Maverick Rexson
Phnom Penh, Cambodia37 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
This is a backwater of style & nothingness. Here is quiet and desirability. Come and visit this backwater par excellence for peace and shanty times.
Written 27 March 2024
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swisstraveller
Berne685 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
On the way from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh we stopped at Sambor Prei Kuk, and all I can say is WOW !! What a beautiful place. I am a huge history and culture nerd and love "old stones", and so that was totally my place. It was around midday when we visited, and so it was extremely hot, but it was stil mystial and very special. The ruins of the temples are in a beautiful forest, and there are hardly any other visitors. When we were there, we saw two other tourists. Lets hope that it stays that way.
Written 22 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

merle r
Toronto, Canada7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Stopped on the drive from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap at Sambor Prei Kuk . Sok Deung who can be reached on What’s App at +85577769215 gave us an excellent tour that brought this ancient site to life. She also organized bikes for us at the last minute which allowed us to see much more than we would otherwise have been able to. We highly recommend a visit to Sambor Prei Kuk and highly recommend the services of Sok Deung while you are there.
Written 2 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Steven Phich
Cambodia135 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Sambo Prei Kuk is a remarkable archaeological site in Cambodia that allows visitors to explore the magnificence of the ancient Chenla Kingdom. With over a hundred well-preserved temples, this UNESCO World Heritage site showcases the architectural brilliance of the Chenla civilization. The temples, divided into three main groups, each have their own unique charm and features. Beyond its historical significance, Sambo Prei Kuk offers a serene and picturesque setting, surrounded by dense forests. The preservation efforts by the Cambodian government and international organizations ensure that this invaluable site remains authentic for future generations to appreciate. To fully experience the wonders of Sambo Prei Kuk, it is recommended to plan a day trip from Kampong Thom and take in the scenic landscapes along the way. This extraordinary destination is a must-visit for history enthusiasts and adventurers alike, offering a captivating experience and a glimpse into Cambodia's rich cultural heritage.
Written 15 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

SeshKomanduri
Bengaluru, India288 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
This cluster of Hindu temples (apparently there are about 30-odd remaining now from the original 70+) pre-date the Angkor temple complex by about 300 years. These temples are in various states of ruin. Here too , one can see temples that have been taken over by trees, temples sitting on between a clump of tree etc. Apparently the civil war/ Khmer rouge activities also took a toll on this temple site, along with the natural decay due to ageing.
While Sambor prei kuk is nowhere as popular as Angkor Wat, it also means that there are very few tourists and you will have time to check out things at your own pace. This WHS site is located midway (approx!) between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, and is a great stop to plan if you are doing a road trip between these cities.
Or like in our case, you could plan a road trip so as to visit this site !!
Written 18 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Nsebaek
Copenhagen, Denmark1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We spent about half a day in Sambor Prei Kuk, with a great guide, Ms. Sok Deung. She was very knowlable, and could tell us everything about the temples, about architecture, mythologies, customs and renovation work, as well as temporary history.
If you want to visit here, we highly recommend Ms. Sok Deung, as she will add even more levels to your experience here.
Also, if you want to travel off the beaten track, Ms. Sok Deung can help with accommodation within the local community. Give her a call at +855 777 69 215.
Best recommendations from us!
Written 27 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Maverick Rexson
Phnom Penh, Cambodia37 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Solo
The hill of fools ,a well unknown's destination for fools . Fools ,old or young ,white .yellow or even black.
Written 28 May 2023
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aroberts55
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
I had just visited Angkor Wat and seen the height of the Khmer Empire. This takes you back to the Chenla Empire.

Our tour guide, Neth, was fantastic. She knew the history well and helped me understand the difference from later architecture.

I really hope this site gets more visitors . It is beautiful and fascinating.
Written 13 February 2023
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Maverick Rexson
Phnom Penh, Cambodia37 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Friends
The stillness of time was pupible. It is like something from Dr Who .Also the cold beer shop is useful.
Written 25 September 2022
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