Kompong Thom

Located on the banks of the Stung Saen River, between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, Kompong Thom is known as the beautiful capital of Kampong Thom province, the second largest province in Cambodia. If you wish to explore the countryside and some magnificent temples without the bustle of hustle and bustle, this is a good destination for your trip.
 
In the past, this city and province called Kampong Pos Thom which means the city of the Great snakes in the Khmer language. It’s said that the name originated from a local legend about a pair of large snakes living in a cave on the Sen River dock. On every Buddhist holiday, the nearby people saw them and that is also why the name Kampong Pos Thom appeared. After that, when the French ruled, they divided this land into provinces and named them Kampong Thom province until now. In the Funan period, this is a powerful economic and cultural center in Southeast Asia.

Kompong Thom - Cambodia

Located in a tropical climate area, Kompong Thom has 3 main seasons, including the cool season (from November to March), the hot season (from March to May) and the rainy season (from May to October). The average temperature is about 28-30 C. Visitors can plan to visit here all year round, but the best time to visit Kompong Thom is the cool season which offers the perfect weather and nice light to explore all sightseeings from nature reserves, the countryside to historical sites, ancient temples.

Travel to Kompong Thom

Coming to Kompong Thom, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery with the grasslands and rice-fields. Forming a part of Tonle Sap Lake, this place attracts visitors by the nature reserve, especially wildlife and endangered bird conservation. If you come to Kompong Thom in March, you will have a chance to see this rare bird species.

Visiting Kompong Thom

Besides exploring the nature of Kompong Thom, this land also offers a tranquil atmosphere for visit with many ancient temples and historical sites. Two famous temples here are Sambor temple and Prei Kuk temple which preserved the architecture and culture of the Khmer Empire for the pre-Angkorian period. In addition, when traveling Kompong, visitors will have the sight of the daily local life in Cambodian countryside Thom with fishermen, small-scale farmers, and ox-carts. All will make a memorable impression on your Cambodia trip.

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