Photo: Scenery near Phsar Krom.


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Central Kompong Chhnang province is home to Cambodia’s most sublime and easily accessible scenery, while the provincial capital of the same name is one of Cambodia’s most picturesque, photogenic and fascinating regional towns. A mere hop from Phnom Penh, it deserves to see far more visitors than the current trickle who make it here.

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Battambang and Kampot are firmly on the more adventurous tourist’s itineraries in Cambodia and this delightful river port and market town, set amid marshlands and paddy fields, with the Tonle Sap River to one side and forest-clad hills to the other, really should be too. Kompong Chhnang has decent accommodation, easy transport links, a vibrant waterfront, interesting sights and even a few well preserved, ancient temples. Bicycles and motorbikes are readily available for hire and we came across some of the country’s most helpful tuk tuk drivers here. The residents will be delighted to see you. Kompong Chhnang is really only slightly let down by its current meagre restaurant selection, but we expect that may improve over time.

Kompong Chhnang's hectic waterfront. Photo taken in or around Kompong Chhnang, Cambodia by Mark Ord.

Kompong Chhnang's hectic waterfront. Photo: Mark Ord

We reckon two nights and days here is enough time to explore and enjoy a rewarding experience. The town provides a great opportunity to sample traditional Khmer life and scenes without having to go too far out of the way. The large town lies on National Route 5 between Battambang and Phnom Penh, approximately 200 kilometres southeast of the former and 90 kilometres north of ... Travelfish members only (Around 1,000 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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