Ancient road - from Angkor to the Northwest


Under the guidance of a professional archaeologist you will discover a part of the ancient road that linked Angkor to the outskirts of the Khmer Empire in the 12th century. This tour is proposing three components: a visit to some key archaelogical sites along the ancient road; a discovery of daily life in communities living along the road; experiencing the ancient road by walking/trekking on accessible parts and getting access to off-the-beaten tracks sites.


  • Discovery of seldom visited 12th century monuments (firehouses or dharmasala, hospitals, temples, bridges,..) along the ancient road from Angkor to Phimai (Thailand)
  • Visit of ancient iron-smithing mound
  • Observing traditional cambodian daily life along the way
  • Visiting a contemporary pagoda built on an ancient temple site
  • Trekking on the ancient road and ancient bridges


Full-day tour from Siem Reap.

Zone 1: near Angkor Thom

  • Departure of the tour at the West Gate of Angkor Thom
  • Visit of Banteay Thom temple. End of 12th, early 13th century, Jayavarman VII. Buddhist cult.

Zone 2: Angkor Chum District

  • Wat Kralanh. Buddhist pagoda build on the site of an ancient temple (red brick Prasat Thpong – IK 635).
  • Kol village Secondary School: ancient iron-smithing site (mound)
  • Kol Village community: old customs, traditional disease preventiion beliefs (ting mong),…
  • Visit of Ta Koam Thom (temple) and Ta Koam Toch (hospital chapel) with a short trekking on the ancient road between the two sites. Ancient boundary markers on part of the trail. Ta Koam Thom: 11th century temple built under Suryawarman I (1061-1064 AD).. Religion: brahmanism, dedicated to Shiva.
  • Ta Koam Toch: hospital chapel, period: 791 AD, based on inscription.
  • Short trek on the ancient road, ancient bridge (Spean Khmeng) 35 meter long, 9 meter wide. Lunch by the ancient bridge and nearby lotus pond.

Zone 3: Oddar Meanchey

  • Visit to Spean Toap. 12th century. Dimensions: 150m long, 14.5m wide, 28 arches. The longest ancient bridge in Cambodia.
  • Visit of Prasat Prohm Kel (firehouse or dharmasala). Late 12th, early 13th century, Jayavarman VII period. Bayon style.


  • English-speaking archaeologist as tour guide
  • Private transportation
  • Khmer set lunch
  • Hotel pick-up & drop-off
  • Bottled drinking water


  • Hotel
  • Temple pass
  • Soft or alcoholic drinks during meal
  • Bank transfer charges
  • Tipping for guide, driver, etc.

What to bring

  • Temple pass
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Pair of walking shoes
  • Hat
  • Sunblock

Terms and conditions

  • Minimum 2 adults per booking
  • Cancellation with full refund up to one day prior to the scheduled departure of the tour
  • Compliance with the Angkor Code of Conduct

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