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Map of Kampong Thom
the city

"Dubbed ‘Kampong Thom’s Leaning Tower of Pisa’ by the Adventure Cambodia travel guide, the prasat appears poised to tumble over at any minute. A single sandstone prasat with several fairly well preserved lintels (some on the ground, some still in place) display unique pre-Angkorian style carvings. Located in a schoolyard, about 7km east of Kampong Thom town and 3 km off Route #6."

Plattegrond van Kampong Thom
Map of Kampong Thom

 

 

Tourist Information
Tourist Information near the bridge

The original name of Kampong Thom was "Kampong Pus Thom" or the Kampong of the big snakes (Kampong is a peer, a landing on a river). This name was derived from a couple of big snakes that were said to live in cave at the Sen river and which people saw on the holy Buddhist days. The French during the colonial times abbreviated the name of the city to "Kampong Thom" or big Kampong and named the province after it when they divided the kingdom into provinces.

Kampong Thom is the base for excursions to the important archaeological site of Sambor Prei Kuk, the ancient capital of Chenla. Just 35 km away from the city, this site can only be reached by travelling down an unpaved road. Approximately 170 temples from the pre-Angkorian period (7th century) can be found here surrounded by lush forest.

Statue
Statue