Cambodia // Battambang and the northwest //

Kompong Chhnang and around

The old colonial town of KOMPONG CHHNANG, 83km north of Phnom Penh on National Route 5, is a quiet place to stop over for a day or to take a weekend break from Phnom Penh. Elsewhere in Cambodia you’ll often see ox carts laden with the chhnang (terracotta pots) produced here – a slow and smooth method of transport that reduces the risk of damage to the fragile cargo (though increasingly ancient motorbike remorques are used). Several villages where the pottery is made can be visited nearby. Relaxing atmosphere apart, the chief attraction here is a trip to the floating villages on the Tonle Sap, where you’ll get an authentic flavour of life on the water.

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  • Floating Villages
  • The ethnic Vietnamese