Inside Asia Tours: Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos

Sambor Prei Kuk

A site older than Angkor lost in tranquil forests, Sambor Prei Kuk is even more mysterious (and to some, more lovely) than the famous temples to the west.

An easy 40 minute drive from Kampong Thom in a cool and peacefully leafy setting, beautiful 1,200-year-old brick temples combine with nature to create an environment that showcases the best of both worlds.

These are Cambodia's most impressive group of pre-Angkorian monuments, and encompasses more than 100 mainly brick temples huddled in the forest, among them some of the oldest structures in the country. To the delight of Cambodians, the attraction recently became the country's third Unesco World Heritage Site.

Originally called Isanapura, the site served as the capital of Upper Chenla during the reign of the early 7th-century King Isanavarman, and was an important learning centre during the Angkorian era.

Sambor Prei Kuk

located in Kampong Thom

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  • Discover the fascinating bond of these two countries, a history in context, and explore the highlights of each; from spectacular karst formations to ancient temples.

    Vietnam & Cambodia Uncovered

    Discover the fascinating bond of these two countries, a history in context, and explore the highlights of each; from spectacular karst formations to ancient temples.

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    Discover the fascinating bond of these two countries, a history in context, and explore the highlights of each; from spectacular karst formations to ancient temples.

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