Away from Cambodia’s famed temples and cities, quiet country life unfolds in Kampong Chhnang. Planted between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, this central province is carpeted with fertile farm land blessed with flowing waterways and home to the mighty Tonle Sap Lake. Picture swaying fields of rice and sugar palms dotted with tiny villages and grazing cattle. Here, locals ride carts pulled by buffalos, cast fishing nets from wooden boats and craft their signature red pottery beneath stilt houses.
Floating markets packed with colourful produce and hand-crafted goods are a staple in this watery wonderland, as are the floating hamlets of wooden houses perched on bobbing pontoons. There’s not much to do in Kampong Chhnang but soak up the countryside vibes, so hunker down at a farm stay like the Smiling Gecko Project. Surrounded by rice paddies and undulating hills speckled with Buddhist monasteries, this social project supports community-based initiatives, including the Smiling Gecko School.
Talk to our Cambodia team about adding a peaceful stop in Kampong Chhnang to your holiday itinerary, complete with a night at the Smiling Gecko farm stay.