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  • Kampong Thom

    Located: Mekong Lowland in Cambodia

    Total area: 13,814 square kilometers

    Population: 708,398 people

    Capital of the province: Kampong Thom City

    08 Districts: Baray, Kampong Svay, Stueng Saen, Prasat Ballangk, Prasat Sambour, Sandan, Santuk, Stoung


    Kampong Thom province is second largest province in Cambodia. Its capital is named Kampong Thom which is a picturesque, peaceful city on the banks of the Stung Saen River.

    In the past, Kompong Thom was a very powerful capital in Southeast Asia during the Funan Empire. Sambor temple and Prei Kuk temple are the two main temples inruined complex dates back to the Pre-Angkorian Chenla Kingdom (late 6th to 9th century)

    The original name of Kampong Thom province is Kampong Pos Thom. Long time ago, at the dock of the Sen River next to a big natural lake, there was a pair of big snakes which lived inside a cave. The people usually saw these big snakes every Buddhist Holiday. After that, the snakes disappeared, so the people called it Kampong Pos Thom. Then, only short words Kampong Thom “Grand Port”

    Wat Prasat – Kampong Thom

    The temple is located in Santuk District, Kampong Thom Province. It is 31 kilometers far from Kampong Thom city. This temple which dedicate to Shiva, was built of brick, masonry and sandstone in 8th century (706) with Kampong Preah style. It was a sanctuary built temple on the flat terrace without the false door and faced to the east.

    In the ancient period, the doors were made by two wooden boards-one carved with sculptures of male divinities at another one carved with female divinities.

    Southeast of the temple, there were other two more temples (at present, they became the small hills). In ancient time, temple was the former royal palace where the royal treasure were kept.

    Phnom Santuk (Santuk Mountain) – Kampong Thom

    Phnom Santok complex include four mountains: Phnom Srah Kmao, Phnom Penhum, Phnom Champa and Phnom Santuk mountains. It is located in Ko Koh village, Ko Koh commune, Santuk district and 17 kilometers far from Kampong Thom town.

    Since the past to the present, Phnom Santuk Mountain has been called in the below names:

    – Phnom Thom

    – Phnom Arth Santuk

    – Phnom Chorm Chong Kiri

    – Phnom Krop Tuk

    – Phnom Preah Bat Chann Tuk

    On the top of the mountain there are many Buddha statues were carved into rock including three big Buddha statues reaching Nirvana, each has more than 10-meter length.

    Prasat Kuhak Nokor – Kampong Thom

    Prasat Kuhak Nokor is located in Trodork Poung Village, Pong Ror Commune, Baray District. It is 79km far from Kampong Thom city. These temple were built on the flat ground, on a square terrace made of laterite and sandstone facing to the East with the rampart surrounding. It has a 35m-length (East to West) and a 25m-width (North to South). There is surrounding rampart of one meter height and 0.8 meter thick with two gateways: Eastern gateway is 9m height divided into 3 rooms, and western gateway is small and has square shape.

    The structures of the buildings are mixed, made of laterite and the decoration of sandstone. East of the temple, there are 2 ponds-the small one has about one-meter depth,45-meter length and 20-meter width, and the big one has 160-meter length, 88-meter width and more than one-meter depth.

    Prasat Andet Temple – Kampong Thom

    Prasat Andet is located in Prasat Village, Sankor Commune, Kampong Svay District. You have to take a short transfer 27 kilometers from Kampong Thom City.

    The temple was built in second half of 7th century (627-707) during the reign of king Jayavarman I to dedicate to Harihara God “fused representation of Vishnu (Hari) and Shiva (Hara) from the Hindu tradition”.

    The temple made of brick with masonry, laterite and sandstone. It was facing to the East. The lintel of Prasat Andet was carved in the garlands and carefully done in the traditional khmer style.

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