Cambodia is known to us as the land of ancient times with the discovery of Angkor Wat and other historical sites. The traditional customs and local culture are further appreciated by the cultivation of pottery and clay pots by the natives. Here, we highlight Kampong Chhnang that translate as ‘Port of Pottery’ in Khmer at central Cembodia.
HOW TO GET THERE
From Cambodia’s capital city of Phnom Penh, you can board an air-conditioned bus that takes 3 hours. There is also share taxi that takes about 1 to 1/2 hour ride up from Phnom Penh. Besides, the bullet boat service from Phnom Penh and Siem Reap are available for water travellers.
WHAT TO DO
Head to Ondong Rossey, a simple yet quiet village that is famous for the red pottery made under every house. Most of the pots are either made with a foot- spun wheel or shaped with a heavy wooden spatula. Local potters are happy to show how they do it. Apart from the clay pottery sites, tourists can also take a change of scenery to visit Tonle Sap Lake, in which the population is predominantly involved in fishery and rice plantation.
WHERE TO STAY
You will be spoiled by choices with an assortment of hotels and guesthouses available in Kampong Chhnang which is nearby a waterfront port area. There is Garden Guesthouse, a classically Southeast Asian-style hotel, Neang Puon’s Home, Phkay Proeunk Guest House, Sovannphum Hotel and Somrongsen Hotel to name a few that we love.
WHAT TO EAT
Phsar Leu und Phsar Chhnang market have a variety of small food outlets offering noodle dishes and soups. An assortment of local cuisines are at Mittapheap Restaurant and Mekong Restaurant that serve a huge range of Khmer dishes such as soups, noodle, and fish dishes. Be aware that most restaurants in Kampong Chhnang city close around 8pm.
Words by John Gilbert