We visited and learned about local pottery production throughout the village of Ondong Rossey, enjoyed the views of the amazing farmlands, and spent some time at peaceful Wat Santuk. You can hire a motorcycle driver to take you around for a half or full day. I can confidently recommend the drivers we had - Channy and Sary (077357361) - very friendly and easy going and Channy speaks English very well.
Atmospheric and fascinating villages of Phoum Kandal and Chong Kos on the waters of Tonle Sap! We hired a boatman and he paddled us through the villages for a couple of hours. Hot and sweaty under the midday sun but so interesting! Make sure to pack water and hats and cover up.
More info and photos at: http://alongthewaytj.wordpress.com/2011/07/11/floating-villages-at-kampong-chhnang/
The town of Kampong Chhnang itself is ok but the real attractions are the outside the city. Amazing floating villages, interesting local pottery production, beautiful scenery, a lovely Wat with a peaceful hill-top temple.
We got lucky and ended up with two moto drivers who were terrific guides. Easy going and interesting to talk with, Channy and Sary (no idea if that’s the correct spelling of their names!) enabled us to experience a wonderful, full day of exploration around Kampong Chhnang. They’re also really conscientious drivers – making sure we had enough breaks for photos, water, etc. Feel free to look Channy up if you’re ever there – his mobile number (within Cambodia) is 077357361. :-)
More details here: http://alongthewaytj.wordpress.com/2011/07/11/travel-notes-kampong-chhnang/
Kompong Chhnang is spread out, if you want to go to the river with further down beautiful lotusfields, and also see the country side with all its palmtrees scattered all over, it is a good idea to have a bicycle. We brought our own foldable bikes, and could see pretty much all the surrounding area of the town.
While biking, and walking through Kompong Chhnang and its surrounding villages we came across many puppets at the entrance of the houses. Sometimes it was just a rubber ball, with a face painted on it, and placed upon the fence.
Khiang asked some of the locals why they do this, and they explained that someone had told them it will keep the evil spirits away from the house.
I think some of these 'guards' are very beautiful, and made a lot of pictures of them. You can look at them in my travelogue.