Cambodia // Siem Reap and the temples of Angkor //

Sambor Prei Kuk

    One of Cambodia’s most important pre-Angkorian monuments, the Chenla-era capital of SAMBOR PREI KUK once boasted hundreds of temples, although many of them have now been lost, perhaps smothered by the encroaching forest. Sixty or so temples remain, however, dotted among beautiful woodland, some of them now restored and sporting particularly fine brick carvings and decorated sandstone lintels and columns. It’s all relatively modest compared to the great Angkorian sites, admittedly, although the sylvan woodland setting and almost total lack of visitors more than compensates.