Sambor Prey Kuk is one of the most important pre-Angkorian sites in the country that is enlisted to potentially become Cambodia’s next UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built in the Chenla period between the 6th and 7th century and there are over 100 well preserved temples scattered across the forest. The three main sites are linked by small and shady tracks and its a beautiful walk through the jungle, offering up breathtaking views….and not just of the temples.
There is also an opportunity to enjoy an ox-cart ride through the countryside and then, following this, you ride a bicycle to further explore this infrequently visited part of Cambodia.
The villages around the temple complex still practice their traditional craft making, using materials such as bamboo and rattan – your guide will introduce you to some of the locals and you can watch the skilled crafters.
The community runs the Isanborei Craft Hut next to the temples and sells their products as part of a community-based tourism project. You will have the chance to visit and contribute to the sustainability of the people’s livelihood as the local community will prepare a simple but very tasty lunch for you near the temple.
Continue to the Santuk Silk Farm, where you can gain further insight in the process of silk weaving and relax in the garden. Then, drive back to Siem Reap.
This tour can be be done as part of an overland journey between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh (or vice versa). Sambor Prei Kuk is equidistant between both places – it is two and a half hours in either direction.
We work with GTZ (German Technical Cooperation) to develop Community Based Ecotourism in Sambor Prei Kuk. The catered lunch at the temples, ox-cart rides, and local English speaking guides all support the local villagers.