Photo: Now that's a bustling waterfront.

Two-day itinerary

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We’re fans of Kompong Chhnang, and to take in the best of the town and its surrounds we’d recommend spending two days and nights here.



Get an early start from Phnom Penh or Battambang, the two usual destinations you’ll be coming from to get to Kompong Chhnang, or going to after your stay here, and you should have arrived and checked in by mid-morning. Where to stay? Here are our faves.

You can lose hours wandering Phsar Krom and the waterfront. Photo taken in or around Two-day itinerary, Kompong Chhnang, Cambodia by Mark Ord.

You can lose hours wandering Phsar Krom and the waterfront. Photo: Mark Ord

Start off with our town do-it-yourself cycling tour and a visit toPhsar Krom. The easy tour will take in Kompong Chhnang’s French colonial provincial hall, the Independence Monument and the statues of Neang Kong Rei and her departing beau, past the municipal market and through the town’s water backstreets. Finish up at the waterfront, where Phsar Krom is located, and explore the colourful market, which has really changed very little in years.

A typical Kompong Chhnang scene. Photo taken in or around Two-day itinerary, Kompong Chhnang, Cambodia by Mark Ord.

A typical Kompong Chhnang scene. Photo: Mark Ord

After lunch, splash out on a floating village tour to get a feel for how life is lived in this corner of the world.

This ought to still leave enough daylight hours for a cycle out to the pottery village of Andung Russei, to see an example of a workshop where much of the pottery you’ll see around Cambodia is produced. This will leave you with a scenic late afternoon return through the paddy. If you are running short on time, the pottery village loop could be done by tuk tuk or moto instead of bicycle, but the distance is really not too far, making for a pleasant cycle if you can manage it.

The early evening action along the riverside makes this stretch a very pleasant spot to hang out for a while and meet the locals. A bargain bottle of vino and nibbles at Paris or a cold Angkor and dinner at Sok San are maybe your best bets for dinner.

On day two, we’d head back down to Phsar Krom and take the 11:00 ferry over to Kompong Leaeng. Allow ample time to do the temple circuit and relax with a cold drink on the Kompong Leaeng waterfront, before catching the 15:00 boat back to town.

The stretch tuk tuks of Kompong Leaeng. Photo taken in or around Two-day itinerary, Kompong Chhnang, Cambodia by Mark Ord.

The stretch tuk tuks of Kompong Leaeng. Photo: Mark Ord

If you’re in a rush, this does then allow for grabbing a late afternoon taxi back to Phnom Penh, although taking in the late afternoon waterfront scenes or even pedalling up to Neang Puon for a dip in their pool -- the only one in Kompong Chhnang we could find -- could be a fine way to round out the day.

Ask your hotel or guesthouse to book you a taxi or bus for the following morning and there you have it: a great way to spend a couple of days soaking up some Khmer sights, scenes and luscious landscapes that few visitors to Cambodia typically get to see.


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What next?

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