If you are on your way from Phnom Penh to Angkor Wat / Siem Reap we recommend to spare a day for the route to discover some fantastic sights on the way:
We leave Phnom Penh in the morning and travel north towards the provincial capital of Kompong Thom by car. En route, there is the chance to pause at Skuon, affectionately known as ‘Spiderville’, where it is possible to sample the local delicacy of deep fried tarantula.
We carry on to the impressive pre-Angkorian capital of Isanapura, known today as Sambor Prei Kuk, where we enjoy a picnic lunch provided by the community. We then take an ox-cart or optional bicycle ride to the temples, which was the first major temple city in South-East Asia and where its brick temples are a peaceful contrast to their more illustrious relatives at Angkor. Visiting these ancient structures before our pilgrimage to Angkor offers a fascinating chronological insight into the development of temple architecture during the Khmer Empire. We explore the main temples here, including Prasat Tao with its elaborately coiffured lions and Prasat Sambor, with its crumbling sanctuaries.
Later, we continue northwest on National Highway 6. This was an old Angkor road and we stop in Kompong Kdei to see one of the ancient Angkor bridges that were built to span the rivers. Spean Praptos or the Praptos Bridge has more than 20 arches and is a spectacular sight, reinforcing the impression that the Khmers were like the Romans of Southeast Asia. We continue to Siem Reap and check into your hotel in the afternoon.
We are happy to adjust the trip to your liking.
Our recommendation for your stay in Siem Reap:
visit PHARE — The Cambodian Circus. Not only does it offer a fantastic experience of contemporary Cambodian culture to you, but you support to provide young people with new chances for their future. Phare provides artistic training for kids with difficult background. pharecircus.org
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