Kompong Thom Province: Sambor Pre Kup is a huge group of over 100 pre-Angkorian brick stupas and temples and are among the oldest monuments in the country. Centuries of rainy seasons and burning heat have not been kind to them, and they lack the presence or sophistication of the newer temples to the west. But still worth a visit for the atmosphere and setting if not the temples themselves.

Highlights

  • Pre-Angkorean temples
  • Secluded setting

Points Onward & Riding Conditions

Around Sambor:

All relatively well-graded dirt roads.

Kompong Thom: (Novice)

Flat dirt highway, very dusty, not helped by fast-moving taxi’s and trucks.

T’beang Meanchey: (Novice)

Much the same, the same highway, except runs north and into the hill country.

Kompong Cham: (Novice/intermediate)

The most direct route is along the Hun Sen Highway and through massive rubber plantations. Dating back to the 50s, they are quiet errie — rubber trees were never supposed to get this big. Also very easy to get lost, as each road is shrouded in rubber trees and many roads only go further into the plantation and nowehere else.