Kp Cham

Posted by on May 16, 2010

Reason #549 that guidebooks may, in fact, be worthless:  Kampong Cham.

Lonely Planet says: “It’s a good stopover, but otherwise there’s little reason to linger.”

Kampong Cham monk

Monastery Siesta time

I’ve found the city to be full of awesome people, cool temples, temples full of awesome people, little islands in the middle of the Mekong River, small Muslim villages tucked away in the corner of nowhere, mostly cool travelers, and an incredibly friendly and helpful ex-pat population.

Stopover.

Good for a stopover, but little more.

Most of my first day here was spent driving around on scooters with this English girl, looking for a monastery on the Mekong.  Most of the second: visiting temples and getting detained countless times by children or monks who wanted to talk (and sometimes monkeys who demanded food).

Crowded temple

Attracting a crowd

I’ve spent, I think, 4 full days here now.  Since this weekend is the King’s birthday (how pompous, claiming a whole weekend!) and most of the stuff I’d want to do in Phnom Penh will be shut down anyways, I think I’ll just hang out here and enjoy the vibe that much longer.

Mekong Sunset, Kampong Cham

Kampong Cham, Mekong Sunset

There’s something about cozy little towns sitting on the Mekong River.  That sunset is part of it, but its just hard to define the rest.

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