Holidays to Kampong Thom, Cambodia
If you’re making the five-hour journey by road between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, the market town of Kampong Thom is a good place to stop. Its unassuming appearance could lead you into thinking it’s simply a handy break point en route to more exciting places, but there’s more to Kampong Thom – particularly if you enjoy exploring Cambodia’s ancient temples.
There are two notable temple sites within a day trip of Kampong Thom. The first, Preah Khan of Kompong Svay, is a vast temple-city complex. The journey to get there is as beautiful as the site itself, so it’s worth carving out some time in your itinerary to enjoy it. The second temple site, Sambor Prei Kuk, is a lovely pre-Angkorian complex set in peaceful woodland.
Take some time to amble the streets and observe local life. Have a leisurely beer in a sala, or, if you’re keen to get as cultured as possible, head to the town’s teeny-tiny museum (it’s literally one room) and take a look at the Angkor statues on display. Just outside of the town, there are a few more attractions that might pique your interest. You could head to Phnom Santuk to marvel at the view from the hilltop pagoda. The walk to the top will also get your blood pumping if a little exercise is in order. A more leisurely option is to hop on a boat and take a gentle cruise along the Sen, past little villages - particularly charming at sunset.
Discover the sprawling Preah Khan temple complex
Take a sunset river cruise along the Sen
Kampong Thom Trip Ideas
Here are some trip ideas that include Kampong Thom. All of our trip ideas shown below are examples, and we’ll amend, adapt or start from scratch, until we’ve created the perfect trip for you. See one you like, or have a trip in mind? Call us now to book: 020 3510 5777
Places to stay in Kampong Thom
Map of Kampong Thom
When to go to Kampong Thom
Good weather conditions throughout Cambodia with little to no rain
Good weather throughout Cambodia with temperatures gradually rising throughout the month, with lunchtime shade most welcome.
Hot weather generally across the region, with cooler temperatures in the North east. Keep day tours short and enjoy the sun fully on the beach.
Very hot generally across the region, although the beaches will feel pleasant in the heat.
Dry and hot with sporadic spells of rain. Angkor temples will see less crowds and the rainfall will bring the humidity down.
Wet throughout most of the region, especially in the North East where the rains will make travelling around difficult.
Very wet, but with some dry days. Thunder clouds will create some spectacular views during this time as well.
Rainfall will reach its peak but it will be a good time to visit Tonlé Sap Lake, when water levels will be high enough to see the floating villages by boat.
Wet and warm with lots of rain, making it a good time to visit floating villages and flooded forests. The moat and pools around Angkor temples will be full of water.
Warm with less rainy days. Tonle Sap Lake will be at its fullest and the waterfalls in the Northeast will be full of flowing water.
Start of the dry season with a few short showers early in the month. Now is the perfect time to visit Tonle Sap, with warm weather but a lake full of water.
One of the best times to visit with dry sunny weather and relatively low humidity.