Discovery >

Kampong Cham: A Day Away from Phnom Penh

July 24, 2014 by Khiri Travel | Filed Under: , ,

 

 

Kampong Cham is a charming colonial town of wide boulevards and manicured gardens on the Mekong River. Located about 3-hours drive from Phnom Penh, this under-appreciated tourist destination makes a worthwhile day trip.

Kampong Cham derives its name from kampong, meaning riverside and Cham, the ethnicity of the local people who descended from Chinese Muslim traders. The Champa Empire once rivaled the Angkor Empire in power and influence. The town was also an important trading post during French colonial times. Coincidentally, Cambodia’s first bridge to span the Mekong was recently completed at Kampong Cham.

 

Located nearby is Prasat Kuh Nokor, an ancient pre-Angkor temple complex from the 11th century and the reign of Suryavarman II. Nestled within this pre-Angkorian ruin is Wat Nokor, a contemporary pagoda with lavishly painted murals. The two together create a unique mix of old and new. The temple ruins are notable for numerous carvings of lions, dragons and dancing Apsara figures, many of which are as intricate as the stone carvings at the more famous temples in Siem Reap.

After a traditional Khmer lunch, the afternoon will be spent exploring two nearby hilltops: Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and Phnom Srei (Woman Hill). The latter hill’s steep peak is reached by climbing 308 steps to a pagoda that offers brilliant views of the vast plantations below. Between the two hills is a small building containing a grim reminder of Kampong Cham’s past as one of the largest “killing fields” during the brutal regime of Pol Pot.

For more information and booking requests, please contact [email protected].

Latest post

New Boutique Resort Near River Kwai Bridge

The resort consists of a u-shaped two-storey building with 26 rooms in a courtyard setting with landscaped gardens, dominated by an ancient ‘Inchantree’ from which the resort derives its name.

Read More

Cambodia’s Charm and Variety: Angkor and Much More

Welcome to Cambodia and meet your private guide and driver who will transfer you to your luxury hotel. The evening is free to explore Siem Reap on your own. For interesting people watching,

Read More

Asia’s Top Location for Kite Surfing is Vietnam

We can definitely say that Vietnam is an outdoor adventure destination. Trekking in Sapa and kayaking and rock climbing in Ha Long Bay are some of the most popular outdoor activities that guests can experience when they come to Vietnam.

Read More

After Laos, Fly to the Beach

After travellers spend a fantastic holiday in Laos filled with authentic connections, intimate cultural experiences, temple visits, trekking through forests, riding elephants, and enjoying the pace of life in Laos, they may enjoy a change of setting and priorities: let’s go to the beach and relax. Vietnam has a new option.

Read More

Subscribe to our newsletter

Our B2B newsletters are for industry professionals




*We’ll never share your email address and you can opt out at any time.