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Kampong Cham

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"Colonial architecture and Pagodas"

Kampong Cham Tourism

Kampong Cham is the capital of a province of the same name located on the banks of the Mekong River in southeastern Cambodia. It is the third-largest city of the country known for a few Angkorian temples and beautiful countryside life on the riverbanks in villages.

It is one of the least visited destinations among travelers as it is not as famous as other river towns like Kampot or Kep. It is recommended for tourists to visit Kampong Cham to enjoy the quiet time along the river enjoying biking, boat tours and exploring ancient temples.

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Kizuna Bridge - Opened in 2001, Kizuna is the first bridge built over the Mekong River in Cambodia, which linked the eastern and western Cambodia by road for the first time. It offers beautiful views of the river plain home to picturesque villages, farms and green fields. Bamboo Bridge - A long stretch of Bamboo bridge is built across the Mekong in Kampong Cham during the dry season. Created by hand out of sharp long bamboo sticks, it becomes the connecting road to the nearby Koh Pen island. Riding on this bridge is fun and is a popular attraction for tourists who take a ride back and forth for about 2 USD. The rickety bamboo bridge is taken down as the monsoon begins, and people use boats for commuting during this period. Phnom Srei - Phnom Srei is a beautiful hill temple and is one of the top attractions in Kampong Cham for its location offering splendid views of the Mekong. It resembles the Angkorian Banteay Srei temple in architecture and is home to many small shrines along with a 15-meter tall statue of Buddha known as Keo So. Phnom Pros - Located close to Phnom Srei is another slightly smaller hill Phnom Pros, which has a temple at the top with many pagodas. Phnom Srei and Phnom Pros are together called Women and Men Hill by the locals. Nokor Bachey Pagoda - An ancient temple located about 2km from Kampong Cham centre. It was built during the reign of Suryavarman II and is known for its simple yet elegant architecture.

History

Kampong Cham was an important trading centre during the French period due to its ideal location along the Mekong close to the capital Phnom Penh. It is still a crucial connecting town for traders and shipping merchants. The city is known for the colonial architecture reflected in the heritage buildings that once functioned as administrative offices of the French. Kampong Cham in Khmer translates to Port of the Chams, referring to Chams, the primary ethnic group living in this province.

Tips

There are just a few ATMs and cash is required for all transactions. It is suggested to carry enough money. Carry essential items like umbrellas, mosquito repellants, sunscreen and flip flops for boat tours and visiting temples. Book accommodations in advance if you plan to stay in the town overnight, as there are limited options. There is no need to book any boat tours in advance. The weather is hard to predict, and the prices are better if booked directly through the boat operators in Kampong Cham.

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What is the best way to reach Kampong cham?

You can reach Kampong Cham from cities like Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Kratie, Sihanoukville and Kampot by buses and minivans. It takes about 5 to 6 hours and maybe more sometimes depending on road conditions. The price is between 6 to 8 USD per person. From Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, there are frequent buses every day but it is recommended to take the early buses. From Kratie and Sihanoukville, buses leave at 7:30 Am and 10:30 AM every day.
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What is the best time to visit Kampong cham?

The best time to visit Kampong Cham is between October to February, when the weather is not hot, and the humidity is manageable. It is an excellent time to be outdoors. Go in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the hot sun and for pleasant sunrise and sunset views of the surrounding landscape from the temples. It is also a great time for boat tours.
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What is not so good about Kampong cham?

Kampong Cham doesn't have many attractions like other cities, so if you are looking to do many things, you might get bored.

Who should visit Kampong cham?

Kampong Cham is an ideal destination for all kinds of travelers - couples, families and solo travelers.

What is famous about Kampong cham?

The town is very relaxed and receives very few tourists. It is a great destination to visit if you don't want to do much.

What are the places near Kampong cham?

The top places near to Kampong cham are Phnom penh which is 79 km from Kampong cham, Siem reap which is located 232 km from Kampong cham, Kep which is located 202 km from Kampong cham, Sihanoukville which is located 79 km from Kampong cham, Kirirom national park which is located 74 km from Kampong cham

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