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.