Kampong Cham / Cambodia

The old colonial city of Kampong Cham is placed 125km southeast of the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh on the right banks of the Mekong River. It’s the fourth biggest city in Cambodia (about 120,000 inhabitants), what does not mean much. The only really big city is Phnom Penh and all the others are rather towns. Nevertheless it’s developing and growing fast. There is not much tourism in Kampong Cham; it lacks major tourist sights and does not offer much touristic activity for visitors.

The name of the place gives a hint to the local ethnic group living here, at least of the past. ‘Kampong’ means village (very similar to the Malayan word ‘kampung’, also for village) and ‘Cham’ refers to the Champa People. The Champa empire was one of the first empires in Southeast Asia and a long-term rival of the Khmer empire of Angkor.

A bit outside of Kampong Cham is an medieval Khmer temple, Wat Nokor Bachey to visit. Wat Nokor is one of the small cultural treasures of Cambodia.

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