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Kampong Cham, Kampong Cham Travel Guide, Kampong Cham Cambodia

Kampong Cham is the third largest city in Cambodia, located near the Mekong River and close to Phnom Penh and Vietnam. Kampong Cham is a commercial center and an important traffic of Cambodia; and it acts as a gateway to the east and northeast Cambodia. This role was formed after the first bridge to expand the width of the Mekong River in Cambodia had been built, significantly reducing the time travelling to popular destinations such as Kratie and Mondulkiri.

Quick Facts:

  • Location: eastern Cambodia
  • Status: Province of Cambodia
  • Area: 9.799 km²
  • Population: 1.608.914 (1998)
  • Climate: tropical climate
  • Time zone: Cambodia (UTC+7)

Kampong Cham has a strange and captivating scenes bustling early in the morning by the riverside and a highway stretching along the banks of the river. The town is the combination of classic and modern: a new temple was built in the old ruins and the big ferry people and cargo to the other side of the Mekong River. There are some attractive sights that tourists can drop by such as Kratie, Stung Treng, and Rattanakiri.

Though this town is not rich very much but still possesses French architecture from the colonial era. The people of Kampong Cham are very friendly and open to tourists. Coming to Kampong Cham, tourists can pay a visit to Nokor Wat which is a temple dating from the 11th century, built in the architectural style of Angkor. Some tombs open for tourists, where contain the skeletons from the reign of the Khmer Rouge. This is also a great occasion to view the beautiful sunsets on the old ruins of Angkor. At 5 pm mainly on weekends or holidays, behind the Nokor Wat temple there are Apsara performances for those who are interested in this kind of traditional piece of dance.

To the west of the city, there are mountains with temples at the top. Visitors can make a biking trip along Highway 7 to the Mountain Pros with a series of ruin temples lay on top of the mountain. Take a sip of a sugar cane juice from one of the many stalls leading up watching the monkeys fooling around and steal bananas from the suppliers table.

Along the river there are often Western-style restaurants. Travelers can also enjoy a variety of local foods in the market at the southern of Psar Thom. You can try to cook yourself by buying some fresh fruits and vegetables at the market, other ingredients can be found in several stores around. Drop by some cafes to taste fresh and vibrant quality food that is a relief to foreigners.

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