Located halfway between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, Kampong Thom is Cambodia’s second largest province by area. The provincial capital is Stung Saen located on Stung Sen River giving it a peaceful atmosphere.General informationIn the past, Kampong Pous Thom (means Port/City of the Great Snakes) is the very first name of the province. As in legendary story, there’s a pair of snakes living in a cave near Stung Sen dock. They appeared in every Buddhist events attracting people attentions. Since then, they called this province as city of the great snakes. After the snakes disappeared, people shortened the name and called it Kampong Thom.There are 3 seasons in Kampong Thom: Cool season (November to March), hot season (March to May), and rainy season (May to October)With such an enormous area, Kampong Thom is ideal for experiencing authenticity in Cambodia with pristine nature and special culture from local people. It’s nice to explore local daily life by walking or cycling around villages and countryside regions.What to see and do in Kampong Thom? Sambor Prei Kuk: is the newest UNESCO’s world heritage in Cambodia. Recognized as UNESCO cultural world heritage in 2017, Sambor Prei Kuk is historical cultural site reflecting Pre-Angkor architecture. It’s built 300 years before Angkor Wat with a cluster of 10 temples divided into 3 area: North, South and Central with 1 main temple worshipping Shiva deity.Phnom Santuk: About 17km to the south of provincial town, Phnom Santuk is the holiest mountain of the province in Ko Koh village, Ko Koh commune, Santuk District. This place is home to numerous imposing Buddha statues carved from the large mountain stone. Travelers also can find Preah Bat Chann Tuk statue dating from the 16th century and many other magnificent sculptures made from the ancient rocks.Prasat Andet Temple in Prasat village, Sankor commune, Kampong Svay district. This temple is constructed since 7th century and dedicates to God Hirihara. The temple is built on separated manmade hill with traditional Khmer style and heads to the East like other temple of Khmer.Sambo Prey Kuk is located in Sambo village, Sambo commune, Prasat Sambo district and only 25 km from provincial centre. This historical and cultural site was once a religious center for worshiping Shiva deity. Prasat Kuhak Nokor is 79km from Kampong Thom provincial center and belongs to a complex off Wat Kuhak Nokor (Buddhist Pagoda) in Trodork Poung Village, Baray District. Constructed in 10th- 11th century, this complex has precious historical and architectural values. Nowadays, the remaining parts of this complex are two ponds to the east of the temple, square throne, male statues made of sandstone and rampart.Wat Kampong Thom or Wat Indrisamavora in Kdei village, Preykahu commune, Stung Sen and very close to provincial centre. This can be ideal place for relaxing and give your soul place to relief in this holy site.Interestingly, only a few kilometers to the west of Kampong Thom city, tourists can take a boat on the Stung Sen River to explore the South part of Cambodia. Take an opportunity to spend a night with the locals in an authentic village or across the lake to the most impressive fishing villages and flooded forests near Kampong Chhnang.