Kampong Cham Cambodia Travel Guide

Kampong Cham Travel Guide
A Vagabond Life

Kampong Cham Cambodia Travel Guide A Vagabond Life

Nestled along the banks of the mighty Mekong River in Cambodia, Kampong Cham is a charming provincial town with a rich history and cultural heritage. Established in the early 13th century by the Khmer Empire, Kampong Cham served as a bustling trading hub and strategic outpost along the Mekong, connecting the capital of Phnom Penh to the northeastern provinces.

Today, remnants of its storied past can be seen in its well-preserved colonial architecture, ancient temples, and bustling markets. The iconic bamboo bridge, spanning the Mekong during the dry season, offers a unique glimpse into local life and traditions.

Visitors to Kampong Cham can explore the tranquil countryside, dotted with picturesque rice paddies, traditional villages, and ancient pagodas. The serene ambiance of rural life contrasts with the vibrant energy of the town center, where colorful markets, riverside eateries, and lively street scenes beckon travellers to immerse themselves in the authentic charm of Cambodia’s heartland. With its blend of history, culture, and natural beauty, Kampong Cham offers a captivating journey off the beaten path.

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Things To See & Do In Kampong Cham Cambodia

Nokor Wat

An Angkor temple dating from the 11th century some of the mausoleums are open to visitors and contain piles of bones and skulls from the Khmer Rouge’s genocidal reign. Inside one of the buildings is a very elaborate series of wall paintings, depicting torture and executions, followed by scenes of heaven and the afterlife

French Lookout Tower

The Kampong Cham Cambodia French lookout tower is on the other side of the river, and was once used for observing river traffic. It’s still standing but in a decaying state. You can climb the stairs inside the tower and have a good view on the bridge, the Mekong and the small village next to the tower. Be careful as the stairs are steep and difficult to climb

Phnom Hanchey

Phnom Hanchey is a temple that sits on a hilltop with stunning views of the Cambodian landscape.  Get there early to see the sunrise over the Mekong.

Wat Maha Leap

Wat Maha Leap is one of the few remaining wooden pagodas in Cambodia,and quite lovely. Wat Maha Leap is 20km from Kampong Cham Cambodia on the other side of the river, so you will need to organise a  local guide to get there. Visit the nearby village well known for its silk weaving.

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