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The Southeast Asia Travel Specialists Since 1999

Sambor Prei Kuk; – the earliest known Khmer city in Cambodia is a superb site, yet one that’s largely overlooked by visitors to the kingdom. Dozens of decorated brick towers dating from the 6th and 7th centuries – some ruinous, some still remarkably well preserved, are scattered through picturesque forest some 30 kms north of the provincial town of Kompong…

Little do most people realise when they’re whizzing along in their bright blue bus that many important routes in Thailand’s impressive 21st century road network follow the traces of, and are built over the top of, ancient roads dating from the Angkor period. (As for example with England’s road infrastructure and the Romans.) The extensive Angkor road network covered not…

Since we had a previous, photo-less, post on Khmer history here’s a pretty temple to go with it! The picturesque temple with the rather un-picturesque name of N21 at Kompong Thom Province’s Sambor Prei Kuk temple complex. (Still it’s better than being called S21!?). N21 ‘cos it’s temple number 21 in the northern group of temples and I guess there’s…

Rajendravarman II c. 944 to 968 Even King Rajendravarman’s title itself is still a matter of debate, with historians opting for either Rajendravarman I or Rajendravarman II depending on their acceptance, or otherwise, of a Rajendravarman the 1st from Sambapura, purported to have been ruling in the Angkor area during the latter half of the 8th c. Since this does…