Kampong Cham

Kampong Cham is the lively capital of the province of the same name and the third-largest city in Cambodia located on the bank of the Mekong River. Attractions are relatively low key, so most visitors pass through en route to the remote northeast of Cambodia or Southern Laos. Wat Nokor is an 11th Century Mahayana Buddhist shrine near Kompong Cham. It was rebuilt and dedicated to Therevada Buddhism in the 15th Century and today there are many Buddha images scattered throughout the complex. There is a small colourful wat located within its walls, contrasting with the ancient sandstone and making for something of a fusion temple. Other sights include the sacred hills of Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei (man and woman hill), offering great views across the countryside and the rickety bamboo bridge that connects the mainland to Koh Paen in the dry season. Renting a bicycle and visiting rural villages on this pretty island is a rewarding experience.

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