The ruins of Sambor Prei Kuk are located north of Kampong Thom, the capital of Kampong Thom province. Kampong Thom is roughly halfway between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh on road no. 6 that runs north of the Tonle Sap Lake. Road no. 6 is in excellent condition. It takes three hours from Siem Reap to Kampong Thom; the distance is about 154 km. From Phnom Penh to Kampong Thom it roughly takes the same time; the distance is about 160 km. The road from Kampong Thom to Sambo district where the ruins are located, is still unpaved and bumpy. It is an all-season road but pretty rough in the rainy season. The distance is about 37 km.
In this region it is most convenient to have your own vehicle.
Several public bus companies run regular services between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh and vice versa. All these buses stop in Kampong Thom town. We recommend the Mekong Express bus.
The Mekong Express has buses departing every day from Phnom to Siem Reap at the following times: 07:30 - 08:30 - 12:30 and 14:25. The bus departs from the Mekong Express office:
#87 AEo,Sisowath Quay (102)
Sangkat Wat Phnom
Khan Daun Penh
At Siem Reap the buses depart every day the following times: 07:30 - 08:00 - 08:30 and 12:20. Departure is from Chong Kao Sue Station in Siem Reap.
In Kampong Thom the Mekong Express bus stops in front of the Arunras Hotel and Restaurant.
At the bus stop there are several motodups and tuk tuks waiting to take you to the community and the ruins of Sambor Prei Kuk.
We can arrange the transfer for you. Isanborei has a pool of reliable, good quality tuk tuks with courteous drivers from the Tourist Transportation Kampong Thom (TTAK). TTAK's tuk tuks can be recognized by the TTAK shirts the drivers wear. The tuk tuks are adorned with a signboard of Isanborei.