Kampong Thom is Cambodia’s second largest province by area. Its capital is named Kampong Thom, a picturesque town on the banks of the Stung Saen River. It’s situated about half-way between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and thus most travellers will only rush through on their transfer between these two major attractions.
In fact, Kampong Thom is a stopover on the way from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, than a tourist destination. People prefer to come here to explore Sambor Prei Kuk – the pre-Angkorian Chenla capital, the two main temples of Sambor Temple and Prei Kuk Temple. The town is extremely easy to discover by foot. Travelers also can experience motorbike-taxis to get around the distant sights within the city. The dusty traveller pit-stops and highway-facing market may give an impression of bustle, but away from National Route 6 Kompong Thom is a rather sedate, quiet and even leafy little town. Indochina Travel Vietnam
The grasslands and rice-fields surrounding Kompong Thom of an extreme importance for wildlife conservation. These areas hold the largest global population of the endangered Bustard the Bengal Florican as well as occasional large water birds from the Tonle Sap floodplain (Adjutants, Pelican, Painted Stork). Other species include large numbers of wintering pale arctic passerines (including Dusky Warbler, Yellow-breasted Bunting, Siberian Rubythroat) and the globally vulnerable Manchurian Reed Warbler. Cambodia travel packages
Though there’s little to do in Kompong Thom proper, its small-town, friendly atmosphere has charm, and there are enough minor sites to keep you occupied for a while: check out the museum, an interesting temple, the lively market and a dolphin statue made from weapons handed over after the country’s civil war, situated in the park just to the south of the bridge.
Although there are not many things to do in Kampong Thom, travelers can be impressed with its charming atmosphere, the statues in riverside park and the evening fruit vendors in the market as well as the hospitable and friendly locals.
Nevertheless Kampong Thom is a pleasant and relaxed place and a good starting point for exploring the countryside.