Located to the northeast of Phnom Penh, it only takes few hours to drive to Kampong Cham. This is one of the most populated provinces in Cambodia. It owes its name to the presence of a large community of ethnic Cham (descendants of four kingdoms established on territory which corresponds to the current central Vietnam and gradually conquered by the Viet from the 12th to 17th century).
Kampong Cham, Kampong or Rong Cham, actually means “port of Ham”.General informations On the banks of the Mekong to Kampong Cham provides a tranquil atmosphere. In these surroundings, apart from many Khmer temples surviving with time, travelers can discover Cambodian rural life on motorcycle or bicycle.For those who have time when taking a trip from Phnom Penh to Kratie and Ratanakiri, it is advisable to stop overnight in Kampong Cham.
About gepgraphy, Kampong Cham is to the Southwest of Tonle Sap lake. It shares borders with Kampong Thom, Kampong Chnnang, Prey Veng, Tbong Kmoun and Kratie provinces.As an inland province, Kampong Cham has hot weather all year round. Two coolest months is January and December. Beside rainy season (May to October) and hot season (March to May), there’s a cool season with pleasant climate from November to March suitable for discovering around. What to see and do in here?Some attractions are interesting for you to wander around Kampong Cham:Phnom Srei and Phnom Pros (Women Hill and Men hill) provide Buddhist atmosphere and spectacular view to Mekong River.Wat Nokor Banchey temple: Buddhist temple of Angkor art dating from the 11th century is jewellry of Kampong Cham, hidden under vegetation, in a serene and peaceful atmosphere.
This is a cultural and historical site in Kampong Siem district, only 4 kilometers from Krong Kampong Cham. Different structures and detailds of this temple is worn out and affected by time. However, you is still able to observe and admire the ancient work on rows of stone bases stone statues and old temples. Wat Hanchey Temple is located on hilltop in Krong Kampong Cham.
This temple was built in 8th century during Chenla empire. Nowadays, these architecture has been destroyed but you can visit this temple and enjoy one of the most beautiful Mekong river view from here.The bamboo bridge and Koh Pen: about 1 kilometer long, perhaps no bamboo bridge in the world is longer than this one. Spanning over the Mekong river, it is rebuilt every year on rainy season after being washed away because of the rise of the rive. Not far from there is the charming island Koh Pen. Take a moto or a bicycle to explore beautiful Cambodia villages with stilted houses hidden by palm trees and blooms of bougainvillea.Rubber plantation is the wealth of the province.
The visitors will have the opportunity to observe the various rubber processing stages, from growing plants, harvesting of latex to its processing plant.