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 Kompong Chhnang

Kompong Chhnang

The province Kampong Chhnang is located at the heart of Cambodia. Its bordering Kampong Thom to the North, Kampong Cham to the East, Kampong Speu to the South and Pursat to the West. This province is not only at the fertile and almost ever-wet heart of Cambodia, but also just a 91km ride from Phnom Penh, so it's a quick jaunt up.
Kompong Chhnang Overview

Just 91km ride from Phnom Penh, Kampong Chhnang province sets location at the heart of Cambodia, in the area of Tonle Sap Lake. It’s bordered by Kampong Thom to the North, Kampong Cham to the East, Kampong Speu to the South and Pursat to the West. The provincial capital Kampong Chhnang is an easygoing river port town that welcomes plenty of visitors despite the fact that Kampong Chhnang is considered a big fishery port.

Kompong Chhnang History

The name translates from Khmer literally to Port of Pottery. Archaeological remains from the area have revealed among many other findings artifacts from Dvaravati, a former kingdom in present-day Thailand, dating to the 6th through 11th centuries.

Kampong Chhnang Province centuries ago was a coastal city on the route between China and India; due to sedimentation from the Mekong river, the coast line moved much farther to sea. When the Tonle Sap river changed its course, the city lost its main water source and thus was deserted, the population moving to a city called Kampong Tralach. A city gradually formed around it, bring new life to Kampong Chhnang. A museum presents the archaeological record of the city's history.

Kompong Chhnang climate and best time to visit
Climate: Cambodia has sun almost year round. The average temperature is about 27 degrees Celsius; the minimum temperature is about 16 degrees. December and January are the coolest months, whereas the hottest is April.
 
General information about the provincial climate:
 
- Rainy season: May - October (27-35c, with humidity up to 90%.)
- Cool season: November- March (18-28c)
- Hot season: March- May (28c -36c)
Kompong Chhnang Transportation
Buses
Your best bet if you don't have your own transportation is to take the Hoh Wah renting bus. To and from Phnom Penh costs just 5,000 riel on the air-con bus.
 
Kampong Chhnang to Phnom Penh 
departs 6:30 am, 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:15 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:30 pm, 4:30 pm.
Phnom Penh to Kampong Chhnang departs (from Central Market Terminal) 6:40 am, 8:00 am, 9:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:30 pm, and 4:30 pm. If you like, you can get off at Udong and see the old ruins and its newest additions (just grab a moto-taxi next to the entrance road), then go back out to the highway and grab the next bus heading your way to Kampong Chhnang. 
 
Share Taxi
It's about a 1-1⁄2 hour ride up from Phnom Penh. The share taxi costs around US$3.5 from Phnom Penh and it doubles for Pursat.
 
Motorcycle Touring Info 
Highway No 5 from Kampong Chhnang to Pursat is slowly getting some resurfacing work and while not good by any stretch of the imagination, it's not as bad as it used to be. As mentioned, the Kampong Chhnang to Phnom Penh stretch qualifies a dream road in Cambodia. Security is not a problem.
 
Bullet Boats
The bullet boats to and from Siem Reap and Phnom Penh are taking you through a breathtaking countryside along the Tonle Sap to the provincial town. Going from Phnom Penh to Kampong Chhnang you'll have to find the docking station of the boats, which is just around 200m after the Japanese Bridge to the left riverbank of the Tonle Sap. The price for one trip is around US$8. The price from Siem Reap might get a bit higher as you're starting from the touristy hotspot. The trip from PP will take approx. 3 1/2h; from Siem Reap approx. 4h (depending on rainy and wet season).
Things to do and see in Kompong Chhnang
Phnom Da
Phnom Da located in Kampong Chhnang is the popular nature wildlife preserves, is nestled in the Kompong Leng District. During your visit to the Phnom Da, you can refresh your minds in tranquil surroundings. There are big shady trees in the Phnom Da. You can also find birds in this area.Getting to Phnom Da is very easy. 
 
Phnom Krang Romeas
Phnom Krang Romeas is located in Sre Thmei and Svay Chrum communes, Rolea Paear district, about 2 kilometers from the provincial town. It is a natural site abundant in big trees and fresh air. Cambodians gather here during holidays, particularly Khmer New Year and Pchumben.Kampong Chhnang has many sightseeing attractions which are worth paying a visit. One of the celebrated tourist destinations of the town is the Phnom Krang Romeas, Kampong Chhnang. Tourists of all ages visit the Phnom Krang Romeas, Kampong Chhnang on a frequent basis. Phnom Krang Romeas, Kampong Chhnang is the popular natural resort of Cambodia.
 
 
Phnom Neang Kang Rey
Phnom Neang Kang Rey: Among the major Tourist Attractions in Kampong Chhnang, the Phnom Neang Kang Rey, Kampong Chhnang is one of the most attractive and popular one. You will take about an hour to travel to Phnom Neang Kang Rey, Kampong. For the tourists and travelers, there are regular buses and cars available from all parts of Cambodia. Phnom Neang Kang Rey is a natural wildlife preserve. Phnom Neang Kang Rey, Kampong Chhnang is situated in the Trabek Village in the Trangil Commune at the Kom Pong Leng District of Cambodia.
 
 
Phnom Roap Bat
Phnom Roap Bat, Kampong Chhnang is one of the top-most Tourist Attractions in Kampong Chhnang, attracting huge crowds to the place.The Phnom Roap Bat is a wonderful and stylish cultural and natural resort located in Andong Chrey village in the Andong Snay commune at Rolea Phaear District. The Phnom Roap Bat, Kampong Chhnang lies at a distance about 103 kilometers from Phnom Penh by the National Road No. 5. The Phnom Roap Bat, Kampong Chhnang has been liked by the local people as well as the foreigners because of the presence of small mountains, natural beauty and fresh air for which the place is so well-known.
 
Phnom San Touch
Phnom Santouch is a natural site located at Santouch village, Sre Thmei commune, Rolea Paear district, about 3 kilometers north of the provincial town. Points of the interest at this site include a large stone related to Khmer legend, beautiful scenery that is popular with photographers and filmmakers and a panoramic view of the Great Lake Tonle Sap. On the hilltop, there is an old Chinese temple, where visitors like to relax. 
 
 
Phnom Ta Ind
Kampong Chhnang is a visitor's must-see.Tourists and travelers come in Phnom Ta Ind to get a glimpse of the wildlife of the exotic country of Cambodia. You can spend your idle time strolling and viewing and taking pictures of different kinds of birds and animals. Phnom Ta Ind, Kampong Chhnang has seen many migratory birds that stay and breed during the winter months.
 
 
Phnom Ta Reach
Phnom Ta Reach is the natural and historical site related to the Pol Pot time (1977-197). The site is located at Phnom Touch village, Pong Ro Commune, Ro Lea Pha Ear District in 10 Kilometer distance from the provincial town or 101-Kilometer distance from Phnom Penh by the National Road No 5, then turning left by the Road via the new airport. Phnom Ta Reach, the place where Pol Pot forced prisoners to carve the mountain rock having 200-meter length, 2.8-meter width and six-meter height. In a large space, there are many small concrete apartments. There is also a big and small hill covered with palm trees. Fresh air is abundant. This area can attract tourists to visit during the festival days.
 
Tonle Sap View
Tonle Sap view area is located in front of Phsar Krom, about 1 kilometer from the provincial town. The site includes many floating houses and fishing lots, where locals raise and catch fish. The site is popular among foreign visitors who want to learn about Cambodian fishermen and those people who live on the river. The Tonle Sap is a very large river, which at one point becomes as wide as a lake. Traveling along this river is an interesting way to reach Siam Reap from Pnomh Penh. While the slow boats take a couple of days to make the journey, it is easy to find fast boats which take only half a day.
 
 
Wat Phnom Robath
There are a number of temples and hill temples along Highway 5 on the Phnom Penh side of Kampong Chhnang, but if you only stop to see one, this would be the choice. It is the highest hilltop temple in the area and affords a fantastic panoramic view of the surrounding area, including the Cardamom Mountains and the main temple is only eleven years old.
 
 Wat Sahn-dtoot
 
Wat Sahn-dtoot, Kampong Chhnang is the popular temple of the locality, is sited in the midst of tranquil ambiance, situated on the top of the hill. This hill is known far and wide for its rock formations. From the Wat Sahn-dtoot you can have excellent views of the mountains and rivers. On the top of the Wat Sahn-dtoot you will find flags.
Kompong Chhnang Travel Tips
There are two markets, where you can pop by for shopping, the Phsar Leu in the centre of the town and the Phsar Chhnang, which is a little bit further Northeast from the centre. Both of them are very busy areas with local shops dealing the local daily comsumer products, like fish, fruits, vegetables, meats and packed products. All food and drink shops are surrounding the market.
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