KAMPONG CHHNANG - CAMBODIA - MEKONG RIVER
Kampong Chhnang province is located close to the geographical middle of Cambodia and it borders Kampong Thom along with the lake Tonle Sap on the north, Kampong Speu to the south, Kampong Cham along with Kandal on the east and Pursat on the west. There are hardly any forests except in the southwest.
This province is rich in alluvial soil and has lots of fisheries and rice plantations. The borderline on the southwest is on the hillside of one of the highest mountains of Cambodia, Phnom Aoral, which has an altitude of 1813m.
Kampong Chhnang has a warm climate and one can find sunny weather throughout the year. The average temperature of this province is about 27º Celsius. The summer season is from March to May, monsoon from May to October and winter from November to March. The economy of Kampong Chhnang consists basically of rice, fishery and fruit cropping along with several garment factories. Its rural households depend on agriculture and related sub-sectors.
Due to its location next to the Tonle Sap Lake Kampong Chhnang's population is predominantly in fishery and rice plantation involved. Especially the provincial capital Kampong Chhnang, which is an easygoing river port town that is worth a visit, focuses on fishery and therefore features a big fishery port. It is, easy to get to from Phnom Penh via national road number 5, passing by the former capital of Udong. Kampong Chhnang also gives you the option to take an air-con bus to get there (as it wasn't possible in near past). There are also some nice sights to check out and the town has a fair selection of places to spend the night and a couple of decent spots to have a feed.
The bullet boats to and from Siem Reap and Phnom Penh are taking you through a breathtaking countryside along the Tonle Sap to the provincial town. The new river walkway is the place for a stroll and is where the locals head to for the early evening social hour. It's the evening and weekend spot to be seen.