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Sambor Prei Kuk

Kompong Thom, Kampong Thom, Cambodia
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins
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London, United Kingdom
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117 reviews 117 reviews
92 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Sambor Prei Kuk is a pre-Angkorian site about 20 miles (almost 1 hour) north of Kampong Thom. It used to be capital of the Chenla Kingdom and it is predominantly brick with the oldest building date from the 7th century or a remarkable 500 years before Bayon. Almost as old to the builders of Bayon as Bayon was to the... More

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Paris, France
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Great Place ! Hard to get to ! Offline GPS is a plus ! Motorbike with good tires as well ! But it is definitely worth it ! No tourist ! The guide we had was very nice. We spoke both French and English because he wanted to improve his French. Nice encounter.

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San Francisco
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110 reviews 110 reviews
28 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

The Sambor Prei Kuk temple complex is about 30km out of Kampong Thom town. We used the services of a local guide. Part of the fee goes to the surrounding community, which is always a good thing. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable (not just on the standard stuff but we asked quite a few questions on construction matters and got... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Estimated to be several hundred years older than Angkor Wat, Sambor Prei Kuk was silent except for the cicadas. If you want to take cellphies with a few thousand of your closest friends, don't go.

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Yorkshire
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83 reviews 83 reviews
26 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014 via mobile

The drive from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap was long and on a road punctuated with roadworks and huge potholes, which our driver did his best to avoid. We were beginning to wonder if we'd made the right decision to stop there as the detour from the route would cost us an hour or so, however as we approached the... More

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lombardia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

While planning our trip to Cambodia (November 2013) one of the places we wanted to see was Sambor Prei with the pre-Angkor temples and Phnom Santuk the temple with 809 steps to climb to get there! It wasn't easy to plan but fortunately I found Mr Vothea info@cambodiattak.com who runs a car rental firm. We took the bus from Siem... More

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Bangalore
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

The minus to this place is the rather long drive down bumpy roads and I suspect that our driver lost his way somewhere. But once you get there the serenity, solitude of the forest and the near absence of tourists makes you enjoy the place in leisure and you feel at peace. To fully experience the location and all its... More

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Hampshire England
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

These temples were only discovered by aerial surveys, it must have been a pretty big site.in its day. Sadly they all have war scars, I understand the troups used them both as target practice and shelter, plus Mother Nature is winning the fight right now as the Banyan tree wrapping its roots in, over and through walls. The setting is... More

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Airlie Beach, Australia
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93 attraction reviews
192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

After the Angkor precinct it is a hard act to follow. It was a pleasant walk through the forest to the 4 different Hindu temple sites, built in the 7th century. Built of brick, it was impressive that some towers are still in reasonable condition and two are still used as active temples by Hindus and Buddhists. One site has... More

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Geraldton, Australia
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

I am almost too scared to write this report (because the absence of hordes of tourists are what made my visit there so special) This was my favourite of all the temples because when we visited, we were the only tourists there. The solitude, the majesty, the absolute magnificence of this temple a long way from anywhere, hidden in the... More

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