An unusual, non Khmer-looking face on a section of sandstone at Sambor Prei Kuk
Just got in the door after a FAM (familiarization) trip to the Sambor Prei Kuk temple complex just outside Kompong Thom city. We left yesterday afternoon, stayed overnight in Kompong Thom and visited the temple site this morning, with a trip to Phnom Santuk later this afternoon. It was a FAM trip organized by the German development organization GTZ, who've been working in tandem with the local community at Sambor to develop additional community services, aimed at improving the experience at Sambor Prei Kuk for visitors. This was a preview for private sector stakeholders and included a group of 18 reps from tour agencies and two guests from the local press. I think a good time was had by all, the new services add another dimension to a visit to Sambor Prei Kuk - one of the earliest capital cities in Cambodia dating from the 7th century - and one of my favourite places in Cambodia, and getting the local community involved is a great way forward. More on my visit over the next couple of days.
One of the temples at Prasat Trapeang Ropeak, engulfed in tree roots and weeds One of the many reclining Buddhas carved into the rock on the summit of Phnom Santuk