Tboung Khmum is located in the central lowlands of the Mekong River, bordering with Kampong Cham, Kratie and Prey Veng Provinces. The eastern side of Tboung Khmum shares a border with Vietnam. Tboung in Khmer means gem, and Khmum means bee. The combination in Khmer translates to “amber”.
Tboung Khmum is home to an abundance of ancient temples and was the setting for many culturally significant events. Blessed with beautiful natural surroundings, including hills, lakes, bamboo forests, cliff faces, jungles and waterfalls, it’s a wonder that more visitors haven’t realized the appeal of this lovely province.
Once part of Kampong Cham province, King Norodom Sihamoni approved the split as the Prime Minister in order to improve administrative efficiency.
There is an abundance of temples in this region and many locals believe spirits protect them. Taking a photograph of some can be frowned upon unless lighting incense, so it’s best to follow the lead of locals.
• Rainy season: May – October (27-35c)
• Cool season: November – March (17-27c)
• Hot season: March-May (28c -36c)
Things to Do
Prey Nor Kor Knong-Krau temple was built in the 9th century and is a popular meeting place for both locals and tourists in order to enjoy games or for attending traditional festivals.
Thum Temple is located on a hilltop and includes three brick temples. The complex incorporates ancient artefacts and statues, some still in excellent condition. One of the three brick temples has been destroyed leaving only two visible.
The locals believe that the temples are protected by a sacred spirit and that in order to photograph the two temples, visitors should light incense.
Preah Theat Temple
Preah Theat temple can be found on the east side of Thum temple. The complex incorporates six temples but sadly they are in ruins with only one partially remaining. Buried treasure is said to be located at the site, adding a mystical feel to the area.
Haong Waterfall was once inaccessible but has now become a popular destination for those escaping the city and seeking a taste of solitude and serenity. Surrounded by a staggering 1800 hectares of lush jungle, the waterfall is ideal for swimming.
Local Buddhist are drawn to the Buddha statue in order seek blessings from the monk who lives there.
Wat Preah Theat Thma Da
Wat Preah Theat Thma Da is adorned with a number of statues that are worshipped by locals. These include Kongchak, Srei Kruplea and Atitep Vero. Meru Mena was built during French colonial times at the site of an old temple. Inside is a sculpture of Haothi Neang Umaparvati, who was worshipped by the Brahmans.
Legend says that if a coconut is dropped into the hole inside Meru, it will reappear in the middle of the Tonle Sa Ngout, a crystal clear pond nearby.