Kampong Chhnang is located right in the middle of Cambodia, bordering with Kampong Thom, Kampong Cham, Kampong Speu and Pursat. Its location is one of the most fertile regions in Cambodia, right next to the Tonle Sap lake, and is less than 100km from the capital Phnom Penh, so it’s a great consideration for a side trip or mini break.Lush green rice fields are the result of the fertile soil and water-rich environment, and with its proximity to the lake, a big fishery port supports the local fishing industry. In fact centuries ago Kampong Chhnang was a coastal city, but because of sedimentation from the Mekong river, the coastline moved over time until it was out at sea.
Many of the homes in Kampong Chhnang lay on stilts and clay pottery being produced under the houses makes for a charming sight.
Kampong Chhnang translates to Port of Pottery. The region has a long history, with archaeologists finding artefacts that date back to Dvaravati, a former kingdom in what is now Thailand, dating back as far as the 6th Century.
In more recent history, Kampong Chhnang served as a coastal port on the route between India from China.
Temples Prasart Srey and Prasart Bros are also located in Kampong Chhnang province and believed to be from the 7th Century. Many archaeological remains are housed in a local museum.
Rainy season – May – October (27-35c)
Cool season – November- March (18-28c)
Hot season – March-May (28c -36c)
Things to Do
Phoum Kandal and Chong Kos Floating Villages are buzzing with activity, complete with their own electricity, shops and market stalls. The houses are brightly coloured and make for a beautiful photo opportunity. Here you can hire a wooden boat and explore the surrounds for a truly authentic experience.
Chong Kos is slightly to the north and a traditional Khmer village, Phoum Kandal is an ethnic Vietnamese village. Powerboats are required in order to access more remote areas.
Andong Russei is a local village in Kampong Chhnang that produces clay pottery in small workshops, many based in or under traditional Khmer houses. The pottery has a distinctive red colour and is sometimes adorned with etchings or carvings. Workers still use traditional methods involving foot-powered wheels or a wooden instrument to shape the pieces.
Kampong Leang is home to Prasart Srey and Prasart Bros. The towers are located near a Buddhist temple and date back to the late 7th century. The brick towers have many carvings and the surrounding marshland creates an intriguing atmosphere. A local may be able to tell you the intriguing legend of the twin towers.