There are several interesting sights south of Kompong Thom, easily combined in a day-trip with Sambor Prei Kuk. Stretching for a couple of kilometres along NR6, the village of SANTOK (aka Samnak or Kakaoh) is instantly recognizable thanks to the long lines of stone carvings lined up along the roadside. An enjoyable half-day trip from Kompong Thom is Phnom Santok, a jaunty modern hilltop temple sitting atop a 180m-high hill, conspicuous in the pancake-flat countryside. The hilltop is a popular weekend destination, but quiet during the week, when you can often have the place pretty much to yourself apart from the occasional resident monk. The small, rural Wat Hat Nokor is notable mainly for the eleventh-century temple built by Suryavarman I. The temple was never finished, and it’s assumed that either the architect died or war intervened during its construction.

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