Welcome to Sambor Prei Kuk


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. In the early 1970s, Sambor Prei Kuk was bombed by US aircraft in support of the Lon Nol government’s doomed fight against the Khmer Rouge. Some of the craters, ominously close to the temples, can still be seen. The area’s last landmines were cleared in 2008.

An easy 40-minute drive from Kompong Thom, the area has a serene and soothing atmosphere, with the sandy trails between temples looping through shady forest.


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$91.30 Day Trips & Excursions

Full Day Sambor Prei Kuk from Siem Reap

Meet a driver at your hotel in Siem Reap for 8am departure to Kampong Thom, Cambodia's second-largest province. Pause along the way to see Kampong Kdei, an ancient bridge that was once the longest corbeled stone-arch bridge in the world. Considered Cambodia's most impressive pre-Angkorian ruins, Sambor Prei Kuk contains more than 100 brick temples in thick forest, including some of the country's oldest structures. This was the capital of Upper Chenla during the early 7th-century, and thrived as a center of learning during the Angkorian era.  Upon arrival at the temple grounds, walk through the jungle to explore the ruins on narrow foot paths, soaking up the sights and sounds of the thick Cambodian forest. Following lunch near the temples, begin the return trip from Sambor Prei Kuk to Siem Reap, where this full-day tour concludes with drop-off at roughly 5pm. 

$507 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2 Day Private Tour to Beng Mealea, Koh Ke, Preh Khan, Sambo Prey Kob and Kompung Kdey Bridge

Day1: Beng Melea and Koh Ke Meet your guide and driver at lobby of hotel at 8 am. Then go to Beng Mealea, built as a Hindu temple, with trees and thick brush thriving amidst its towers and courtyards and many of its stones lying in great heaps. It is 77 km from Siem Reap by road.  After that,  visit Koh Ke temple, a remote archaeological site in northern Cambodia about 120 kilometres away from Siem Reap. Overnight at Preh Vihear town.Day2: Preh Khan, Sambo Prey Kob and Kompung Kdey Bridge Depart for  the archeological complex of Preah Khan Kampong Svay  or Prasat Bakan or Bakan Svay Rolay, located 100 km east of Angkor. It stands as the largest single religious complex ever built during Angkorian Era. After that, go to The Pre-Angkorian temple complex of Sambor Prei Kuk  located about 30 kilometers to the north of the town of Kampong Thom, Cambodia. It was also known as Isanapura. After that, visit Banteay Kdeay Bridge on the way back to Siem Reap.

$200 Transfers & Ground Transport

Intercity Transfer (Siem Reap to Phnom Penh)

Take a Private Intercity Transfer by comfortable air-conditioned vehicle from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. A range of good quality vehicles is available. Vehicles are driven by a qualified and experienced driver.Guests are picked up at their hotel in Siem Reap. A flexible start time is offered. Contact the operator if you want to start earlier.If the vehicle departs Siem Reap early, then the vehicle can optionally stop at Spean Praptos and Sambor Prei Kuk Temple for sightseeing.The vehicle can also stop to allow guests to take lunch (at guest expense). Obviously, the activity duration will be longer if stops are made.Guests can be dropped off at their hotel in Phnom Penh or Phnom Penh International airport.Spean Praptos (also known as Kampong Kdei Bridge) on the road from Angkor to Phnom Chisor, Cambodia, used to be the longest corbeled stone-arch bridge in the world, with more than twenty narrow arches spanning 87 meters. The bridge was built in the 12th century during the reign of King Jayavarman VII. It is one of the few Khmer empire era bridges to have survived to the modern day.Sambor Prei Kuk is an archaeological site, located in Kampong Thom Province, 30 km north of Kampong Thom, the provincial capital. The now ruined complex dates back to the Pre-Angkorian Chenla Kingdom (late 6th to 9th century), established by king Isanavarman I as central royal sanctuary and capital, known then as Isanapura. In 2017, Sambor Prei Kuk was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

$67.50 Cultural & Theme Tours

Siem Reap - Fullday Siem Reap - Sambor Prei Kuk

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Sambor Prei Kuk, Kampong Thom Provincen the morning, your private tour guide and driver will take you to SAMBOR PREI KUK Temple, which is located in Kompong Thom Province. Along the way, stop off in Kompong Kdei, to look at Spean Prahtos (Naga Bridge) – an ancient Angkorian bridge built by the Khmers 1,000 years ago. Then continue the trip to Sambor Prei Kuk, the finest collection of Pre-Angkorian monuments inCambodia andsoak up the peaceful atmosphere as you stroll through semi-cleared jungle and discover 7th Century temples smothered by ancient trees, learn about the foundation of the complex as a place of worship to Shiva. After that, return back to Siem Reap town.Duration: 8 hours

$176 Private & Custom Tours

Private Sambor Prei Kuk Temple Tour

When your guide picks you up at 8am in front of your Siem Reap hotel, you will climb into an air-conditioned car and drive out into the countryside. Located north of Kampong Thom, Sambor Prei Kuk is a pre-Angkorian capital that was built out of limestone in the early 7th century, and today is located about two hours away from central Siem Reap. Originally there were 52 temples, though some collapsed with time. Others are still in good condition, and a few are overgrown by trees and make for a spectacular sight. You can stop at at local market and village on the 2-hour drive from Siem Reap, and along with your local, English-speaking guide, you'll have three hours to explore the entire area around the temples. Each car can hold three guests, and the tour finishes when you're driven back to the door of your Siem Reap hotel.

$64 Transfers & Ground Transport

Private transfer from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap to Phnom penh with tour along way

Today you travel by road from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap/ Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. En route you will have a chance to stop on the way to take photos and witness the everyday lives of Cambodians as you pass through interesting provincial towns, bucolic villages, and delightful scenery. This is no ‘freeway dash’ as you will often slow down to let cows and water buffalos wander across the road, pass horses drawn carriages, and school kids walking and cycling to/from school. We may choose to stop at Skun, also known, as ‘Spider ville’due to the deep fried tarantula that is the local delicacy, are you adventurous enough to try one?Contiue to visit Sambor Prei Kuk, which is dotted with hundred Pre-Angkor styled temples. The site, part of the Chenla Kingdom, includes an area of nearly 1000 acres enclosed by double walls, and hundreds temples and towers ; its construction predates Angkor Wat by several centuries.You may wish to stop off in Kompong Kdei,to look at Spean Pratos– an ancient Angkorian bridge.Finally we arrive our finally destination .End of service