Kampong Cham

With its Mekong River location and relatively close proximity to Phnom Penh and Vietnam, the third largest province of Cambodia of Kampong Cham has always been an important trade and transportation hub. The highway from Phnom Penh is in excellent condition resulting in ease of accessibility of less than two hours either by road or by the bullet boats (these are the two primary modes of transportation between towns along the Mekong River). Both options offer nice rides, with views of the rural countryside and river area, depending on the trip direction. The town itself is quaint and charming with its bustling morning river scene and wide boulevard streets along the river. Kampong Cham include a mixture of old and modern structures as new temples are being built in and around old ruins. There are a few worthwhile attractions nearby, and its connections to Kratie, Mondulkiri, Rattanakiri and Stung Treng Provinces make it a suitable linking point.

Places of interest

Built during the Khmer Rouge Regime for storing water to facilitate rice growing during the dry season, Chhrouy Chek Dam has now become a popular location for Kampong Cham dwellers to visit, especially on weekends and holidays. It’s beautiful flora and water sources are the main attractions.

Here is a mountain featuring a cliff and waterfall. Inaccessible at one time, it has become a popular tourist destination in Kampong Cham Province. There might be no other places like Haong in the province where visitors may experience a natural habitat. Those who have visited will never forget the jungle, whilst the beautiful waterfall is perfect for swimming. Buddhists often visit to pray to the Buddha statue and to seek blessings from the local inhabiting monk. According to local authorities, there are 1,800 hectares of jungle at Haong. Local villagers have deforested the area and prepared the land for farming.

This is one of the must-see tourist attractions in Kampong Cham. The island, 2km from the provincial town, is well-known as a recreation park and beach for picnicking and swimming.  During a cycling trip from mainland to the mesmerizing island village, the rider will cycle across bamboo bridges (where the water is high), and across the bamboo platform laid on the sand to facilitate the bicycle’s smooth trip toward the target destination.  In big wet season, this passage is not accessible, and a boat trip is replaced for the river crossing.

This man-made canal has water all year round and has crystal clear water flowing non-stop. Local tourists head for this destination due to its cool shaded trees growing around the ancient temple and its ideal conditions for a refreshing swim.

Nokor Bachey Temple is a cultural and historical site. It is located 2.2 kilometres from Kampong Cham Provincial Town along National Road # 7, approximately 122 kilometres northeast of Phnom Penh. Visitors travelling from Phnom Penh will see the gate to the pagoda on the right. The temple was built in dedication to Brahmanism in the middle of the 11th century, during the reign of Suryavarman II and King Ouphey. The temple is about 200 metres away from the gate.

Han Chey Mountain, its official name is “Chey Kiri Mountain”, is located at the east of Kampong Cham Province, in the northern part of the Mekong River. The mountain has 295 beautiful steps, and a pagoda and the temple of Kuk made of ancient solid bricks of seven-square metres each. The mountain of Han Chey has beautiful sceneries found along the Great Mekong.

The mountain of Pros has a dull peak and is approximately 30-metres in height. It can be reached by a road spanning to the top. At the top, there are a high-five peak temple built according to the design of Banteay Srey Temple and two pagodas proximal to each other. From there, visitors may be offered a beautiful view of Kampong Cham Province.
The mountain of Srey has a pointed peak and can be visited by climbing 308 stair steps. At the top, there is a ruined temple with a few nuns to maintain and also collect contribution toward rebuilding the temple. At this resort, there are many local people who typically visit during the Khmer traditional festivals such as Khmer New Year and Pchum Ben.

This is a rest place where tourists may stop on their way to north-eastern and western Cambodia. The place features a wide selection of local foods, and fried spider is perhaps the most sought-after snack amongst local Cambodians.