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talesofasia guide to the provinces of Cambodia

Cambodia

Kompong Chhnang

updated January 2006

Kompong Chhnang eludes a lot of tourists, though many pass through it without ever knowing it. Located at the base of the Tonle Sap Lake in the center of Cambodia, every Phnom Penh to Siem Reap speedboat cuts through the heart of this province.

Clockwise from the north, Kompong Chhnang is bordered by Kompong Thom, Kompong Cham, Kandal, Kompong Speu, and Pursat.

Kompong Chhnang is easily reached by bus or share taxi. Not all speedboats stop here. It's about ninety kilometers from Phnom Penh on an excellent road so it can be easily seen in a day-trip, perhaps even combined with a trip to Udong (see Kompong Speu).

There's not much to see in this small province. The town of Kompong Chhnang is a bustling riverfront community and a few old temples are scattered about. For more information on this province, which I've not explored other than doing what thousands have done since - flying through on a speedboat, I'm going to send you over to Andy Brouwer's website to his 2001 tales. His Kompong Chhnang bit will be found at the bottom of this huge page: http://cambodia.e-files.dk/2001.html. Of the guidebooks, I'd say the Rough Guide Cambodia gives the best write-up of the province.


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