Sambor Prei Kuk

This item appears on page 67 of the August 2010 issue.

Predating Angkor Wat by 500 years, the Sambor Prei Kuk archaeological site — halfway between Phnom Penh and Angkor Wat, Cambodia — contains over 100 temples and other structures dating from the seventh century AD.

Located in Kampong Thom province, the complex consists of three groups of temples spread over a three-square-mile area. The temples are dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. The site, once called Isanborei, was the capital of the kingdom of Isanapura.

English-speaking guides are available for a small fee, as are bicycle rentals. Entry to the complex costs $3. There is lodging in nearby Kompong Thom, including the Sambor Village hotel (Democrat Square, Kompong Thom, Cambodia; phone +855 062 96 13 91), with WiFi, air-conditioning, swimming pool and restaurant, at $50 per night.