Kampong Thom

Kampong Thom

Kampong Thom is the capital of second largest province in Cambodia situated right next to Stung Saen River. Even though, once here stood strong and powerful capital of Southeast Asia, nowadays, most people who comes here use it as a stopover to get a short break or food on their long-distance ride between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

Despite that this city is not the main attraction for many travelers who visit Cambodia, there are some incredible temples like The Sambor, Prei Kuk or other less significant around it lurking in this large province.

Helpful tips

Restaurants. There are multiple places in the city where you can find descent food. In most of the local restaurants you will find price and quality ratio alright and food fresh. Stop by and try local food in street markets, look for a cleaner place and enjoy!

We usually enjoyed food not far from where we stayed in local and nameless restaurants around the area or city center. Not only because it was way cheaper than chain restaurants, but also to touch how ordinary people who live here eats. There is always an option to eat at your hotel, although, it is usually a bit expensive, as many accommodation providers will have a restaurant installed, so you do not need to go look for food.

Markets. In Kampong Thom as in almost every other city in Cambodia you will not easily find a lot of cheap souvenirs to put on your fridge. However, we encourage to walk around and look for hand made goods in local markets. Here they will charge you more if you look like a tourist. In shops all over city prices vary around same level, thus, choose a more convenient for you. We did not find any shops where they would accept card payment, town is full of small shops and markets which do not accept it, thus, be prepared and have some cash with you!

Transportation. To get to Kampong Thom you can use car, bus or plane as it is the capital of the second largest province of Cambodia, it has great accessibility by road which is between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. We traveled to Kampong Thom using hitchhiking from Kampong Cham. The road quality is great, they are not massive but well maintained. We got lucky and reached Kampong Thom before the sunset. Either way you choose, be aware that infrastructure is not bad but clearly not the best, roads are small and sometimes two-line road (one line each direction) is already considered as a highway. So, do not forget to enjoy the trip not only the destination.

Inside the city you will find yourself using local Tuk Tuk’s, bikes or mopeds which are one of the most convenient transportation devices used to get around. However, exploration is doable on foot if you decide to skip on bike.

Best of luck planning your holidays in Cambodia!

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