Kampong Cham, Cambodia Cruise Port, 2019 and 2020 Cruises to Kampong Cham, Cambodia | The Cruise Web
 

Kampong Cham, Cambodia Cruise Port

On the Mekong River in the Kampong Cham Province, you'll find the capital city and cruise port of Kampong Cham, Cambodia: the name Kampong Cham means "Port of the Chams" in Khmer (referring to Cambodia’s ethnic Cham people). With colonial French influence and understated charm, this is an area untouched by large-scale tourism. While the Kizuna Bridge does connect Kampong Cham to the district of Tbong khmum (which was the first bridge in Cambodia to span the Mekong) and has made travel much easier between east and west, it's otherwise had little influence on bringing more foreign visitors to its shores. Those who do visit find a town of warm and engaging people and an easily walked city center. If you’re looking for a quiet journey that will delight you with local food, sights, and customs, then you’ll enjoysome of our favorite experiences when cruising to Kampong Cham, Cambodia:

 
  • One of the most famous sights is the Ko Paen Bamboo Bridge. Not far from the modern bridge, it's a lot sturdier than it looks and can even hold a truck's weight. It's fun to walk, but even more fun to bike across. It's rebuilt during the dry season each year, as the river rises enough during the wet season to damage it beyond use.
     
  • Once across the bridge, you'll reach the lovely Koh Paen Island. Here you'll get a taste of rural life and see the locals' traditional wooden homes, plantations with produce available for purchase, and sandbars that appear during dry season.
     
  • One of the most popular Buddhist temples here is Wat Nokor. Built around the 11th century, it contains Angkor architecture and elaborate wall paintings. Parts of it are open for tourists; you may have to ask one of the monks milling about for access if everything is otherwise closed off.
     
  • The French Tower was once used for keeping an eye on river traffic and provides an amazing view from the top. The stairs are more of a metal ladder, however, and those who don't like heights may want to view the tower from bridge instead.
 

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