Cashew nut. Kampong Thom is also one of the largest producers of cashew nuts in Cambodia, with 6,371 hectares under production. Comparable to the large cashew nut production in the neighboring province of Kampong Cham the farmers in Kampong Thom province also started to grow cashew nuts on their land. Today Kampong Thom is the third largest producer of cashew nuts in Cambodia.
Production: Cultivation area is 1,573 ha, yields are approximately 2,360 tons per year (1.5 – 2 ton per hectare). Producers: Most cashews are grown by family-run farms especially in the districts of Prasad Sambo and Prasad Balaing in Kampong Thom province. Market: Vietnam. Harvest season: March to June.
Cassava can be used for many purposes, e.g. cassava roots can be processed into products such as ethanol, animal feed and cassava starch/cassava flours for human food. In Baray and Sandann district the villagers are tremendously cultivate cassava as a families business in order to respond to market demand. The main districts that produce cassava in Kampong Thom province include Baray, Sandann, Prasad Sambo and Prasad Balaing.
Production size: Cultivation areas is around 1,351 ha, yields are approximately 27,020 tons per year (14-20 tons per hectare). Market: Kampong Cham, SKD Phnom Penh and Vietnam.Harvest season: November to January.
Situated in central Cambodia, Kampong Thom is one of five provinces located at the lower part of the Tonle Sap Lake and rich in historical sites such as temples from the pre-Angkorian era.
The famous Sambor Prei Kuk, an ancient city that has about two hundred brick temples is located here in this province. The city was built during the time of King Isanavarman when he successfully united the territories of Chenla Kork and the Khmer water territory of Chenla Toek. Sambo Prei Kuk served as the capital of the Khmer Empire for many centuries.
It is interesting to first visit Sambor Prei Kuk before visiting the splendid Angkor complex, as its design and style are the foundations that inspired the Angkor civilization.
Founded by King Isanavarman I during the seventh century, Sambo Prei Kuh was once the capital of Chenla known as Isanapura, and was a religious center dedicated to the worship of Shiva.
Collectively, the complex consists of more than a hundred temples built of solid bricks, laterite and sandstone and from the remains. It is understood that several successions of kings have maintained this site as their capital, each time adding more temples and monuments to the capital city.
det temple, built in the Prei Kmeng style with one single brick tower, now nestles snugly alongside a modern Buddhist wat. This was built in the latter part of the seventh century under Jayavarman I.
In the central group of temples, the decorative details of Prasat Tor (Lion temple) are similar in style to the ruins belonging to the period of king Jayavarman II of the ninth century.
Wat Kuhak Nokor is an eleventh-century site with a collection of laterite and sandstone buildings in a well-maintained 200 square meters park surrounded by a large sandstone rampart 3 meters in height. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman I, the style is similar to the Tonlé Bati temple.
Dubbed ‘Kampong Thom’s Leaning Tower of Pisa’ by the Adventure Cambodia travel guide, the prasat appears poised to tumble over at any minute.
A single sandstone prasat with several fairly well preserved lintels (some on the ground, some still in place) display unique pre-Angkorian style carvings. Located in a schoolyard, about 7km east of Kampong Thom town and 3 km off Route #6. Not easy to find, but a nice scenic little trip through rural villages on the way in from the main road.
In Kampong Thom, tourists can enjoy a real taste of life in rural Cambodia. The Khmer village home-stay tourism experience is a unique community-based program that captures the essence of village life in the heartland of Cambodia.
Tourists can visit ethnic houses, ride on a bullock cart, watch farmers tap palm trees, learn silk weaving, and enjoy traditional dance performances.