Kampong Chhnang is the first major town north of Phnom Penh on the Tonle Sap River. It was one of our first places explored in the Kingdom back in 2002. The Pictures were taken with an old Asahi Pentax Spotmatic and the negatives after sitting around forever were finally digitized at a local photoshop. Colors are a little off but it is a good record of what is available at this rarely touristed place. Trip Advisor declined having these photos and opted to keep visitors to their site ill informed. We hope you enjoy them. Kampong Chhnang is a big fishing village and life on the Tonle Sap is vibrant. Across the river is Kampong Leng. There is a perimeter road that goes around the mountain. One gets immersed in the land that time forgot. Traveling counter clockwise around the "Ôsland" (in the wet season) we were able to see 4 Prasats. Prasat Proh on the northeast, Prasat Srey on the north, and Two Prasats side by side on a hill to the southwest. There is another site in the area that we have yet to discover. Outside of Kampong Chhnang there are caves where many people fled the Khmer Rouge. Kampong Chhnang is sleepy but it is a place to discover the heart of Cambodia.
MAIN STREET IN A VILLAGE OUTSIDE OF KAMPONG LENG
PRASAT PROH EAST AND WEST SIDE
DETAIL OF PRASAT PROH
LIFE ON THE TONLE SAP
FLOATING VILLAGE AND FARMING THE RIVER
COMING INTO KAMPONG LENG ACROSS THE RIVER FROM KAMPONG CHHNANG
EARNING A LIVING SEWING OUT OF A GRASS SHACK AND A NOT SO PLENTIFUL RICE HARVEST KAMPONG LENG
THE PORT OFFICE IN KAMPONG LENG AND AN OXCART ON A VILLAGE ROAD NOT FAR AWAY
MOST OF THE VILLAGES ACROSS THE RIVER FROM KAMPONG CHHNANG ARE STILL IN THE STONE AGES
TWIN TOWERS ON A HILL HEADING WEST FROM KAMPONG LENG TOWN
GRAZING THE COWS AT PRASAT SREY
HEADING BACK TO KAMPONG LENG FROM THE TWIN TOWERS
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