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Kandal Province

Kandal covers 3568 square kilometers, It consists of 11 districts, 147 communes and 1087 villages.

  • Ta Khmao District   Total Communes: 6    Totals Villages: 20
  • Lvear Em District   Total Communes: 15    Totals Villages: 43
  • Koh Thom District   Total Communes: 11    Totals Villages: 93
  • Leuk Dek District   Total Communes: 7    Totals Villages: 24
  • Saang District   Total Communes: 16    Totals Villages: 119
  • Kandal Stung District   Total Communes: 23    Totals Villages: 154
  • Kean Svay District   Total Communes: 12    Totals Villages: 46
  • Ang Snuol District   Total Communes: 16    Totals Villages: 307
  • Ksach Kandal District   Total Communes: 18    Totals Villages: 93
  • Mok Kampul District   Total Communes: 9    Totals Villages: 47
  • Pon Nhear Lea District   Total Communes: 14    Totals Villages: 141How to get there!
  • Distance from Phnom Penh: 11 Km
  • Using National Road No: 2
  • Favourite Transportation: Car

Kandal province is 3,568 square kilometres big.  located in the middle-south of the country and is bordering to the North with Kampong Chhnang and Kamponf Cham, in the East with Prey Veng, in the West with Kampong Speu and Takeo and to the South with Vietnam. The province consists of the typical plain wet area for Cambodia, covering rice fields and other agricultural plantations. The average altitude of the province is supposedly not more than 10m above see level. The province also features two of the biggest rivers of the country (actually they symbolize the provincial borders) the Tonle Bassac and the mighty Mekong.

Kandal is one of the smaller provinces of Cambodia. This province completely surrounds, but does not include, the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh. Its capital is Ta Khmau (lit. Black Grandfather) and is around 20km south of Phnom Penh.

The province is re-known for its ancient history. One of the major attractions is Udong, which served as the former capital of Cambodia under several sovereigns between 1618 and 1866. A number of kings, including King Norodom, were crowned here. The most interesting things to see there, are: several Stupas, some of them recently renewed, a huge 8m high reclining Buddha and the battered Ta San Mosque on the smaller ridge.

As Kandal province  far from Phnom Penh it is easily and quickly to enter, even if it’s just a day trip. There is quite a bunch of places of interest such as Ang Kor Chey Pagoda, which is located at Ban Tey Dek commune, Kean Svay District with a total distance of 29km from Phnom Penh or 32,6km from Ta Khmao by the National Road N0 1 (Phnom Penh-Svay Rieng province). You have to travel along the National Road N0 1 from Phnom Penh or Ta Khmao to Kilometre 29 then exceed about 50 metres, there is a gate at the right with a handwritten sign: “Ang Kor Chey Pagoda”. If we enter by trail about 1,600m, we will reach the entertainment centre. The pagoda is constructed with five peaks as the temple’s peaks. Before reaching the pagoda, we need to pass over a 100-meter wooden bridge; under the bridge, there is a big pond for keeping water during the dry season.

Kean Svay Krau Pagoda

Kean Svay Krau Pagoda How to go: Location: Description: Kean Svay Krau Pagoda is located at Phum Thum commune, Kean Svay District in total distance of 19 km from Phnom Penh or 20 km from Ta Khmao. To get there, we travel along the National Road N0 1 (Phnom Penh Svay Rieng), pass over Preak Monivong bridge (the Kbal Thnol bridge) to kilometer 19, then turn left by a trail into the gate of Kean Svay Krau pagoda in 300-metre distance will reach the entertainment center. The resort of Kean Svay Krau pagoda is located at Kean Svay District and has 10-kilometre distance from Phnom Penh along the National Road N0 1. The resort has the natural beauty decorated by small and big high trees, crop and fruit trees giving cool shadow with green scenery. Long ago it was not a resort; it occurred after 1979 and has main point at Kean Svay Krau pagoda. In additional, the resort is stretched over by an excellent river of Ktob shared from Mekong River flowing across the fertile area with abundant crop farms. The river of Ktob seems to exclusively provide itself to the local people there in planting and living with hope. At either side of Ktob River, there are many small and big fruit trees growing and spreading out their branches to the river enchanting tourists to visit the resort. We found that the river of Ktob is the main point in attracting local and international tourists to visit as there are fresh air and natural beauty. Also, the river of Ktob is the communicating mean from the resort to the village of Ko Am which also has the natural beauty; most tourists who visit the resort are from Phnom Penh and from surrounding there. On the other word, the resort attracts visitors due to floating houses, can teens, various entertainment, and delicious food like grill chicken, grill fish and fruit such as jack fruit, mango, banana, coconut…etc. Due to natural beauty, the tourist site of Kean Svay can attract many tourists to visit; so the Provincial Tourist office and territory authority as well as the village committee should arrange, develop and improve the area by implementing like: – To arrange order for parking of bikes, motorcycles and cars in order to avoid – messiness and losing beauty at the area. – To arrange sanitation by putting dustbins to the area in order to avoid throwing litter everywhere from tourists. – To arrange order for sellers and to set up a proper pricing policy for them. To assure security for tourists.

Koh dach

Koh Dach How to go: 29 km (1h: 30mn) From Provincial Town. Location: Description: Nature wildlife and Preserves, Location: National Road No 6a, Kon Dach Commune, Mok Kampoul District.

Phnom Athareus/Phnom Odong

Is 51 km (2h) From Provincial Town ? Nature wildlife and Preserves, Location: National Road No5, Cheyodom Village, Psadek Commune, Ponyaleu District. Phnom Edtharoes Phnom Edtharoes located at the Communes of Psardek and Phnom Bat in Ponhea Leu District. The mountain of Edtharoes has three nemes called Phnom Udong or Phnom Preah Reachtrop or Phnom Edtharoes, which can be accessed by National Road No 5 "Phnom Penh-Battambang” ie from Phnom Penh to the turning road at Kilomet 37 and turn left about 3.50 Kilometers by red soil Road. The total distance from Phnom Penh to the mountain is 40.50 Kilometers. If we go from Ta Khmao to the mountain, the distance is 51.50 Kilometers. The mountain of Edtharoes lasts from the North to the South in a length of 1,500 Meters and its width of 700 Meters. The mountain surrounded by roads including the eastern and western roads. At the North of the mountain, there is Phnom village and at the South, there is Porane village. The mountain has five peaks: The one-stupas peak has equal height to the Tri Treng peak, the mountain peak, the four-stupas peak, the peak of Preah Ang Chol Nipean and the peak of Ariya Kasbak. In addition, this site has natural beauty with the beautiful scenery and fresh air, which can attracts visitors especially by the history concerning the building of the Royal Palace from 17th-19th century (1620-1866) during the reign of King Chey Chetha II. This region has 18 ancient stupas.

Phnom Prasith

Phnom Prasith Located at the communes of Ma Kak, Phnom Penh District and Chhving, Ponhea Leu District. To get there “By the document of Khmer Table Part 6 “ explains that tourists should travel along the National Road N0 5 (Phnom Penh-Battambang) until they reach the Kilometer 38 closed to Udong market, turn left about 16 Kilometers by the National Road N0 26 until they reach the turning road, turn left as long as they reach the Prasith Mountain. Nowadays, visitor do not like to go along the National Road N0 26 which is not in good condition and 100% safe. This road is also the common border of Kandal and Kampong Speu. The popular road to reach the Prasith Mountain is the National Road N0 5, when we reach the turning road at Pred Pnov market in Kilometre 11, turn left about 13 kilometres. The total distance from Phnom Penh to Prasith Mountain is 24 km and from Ta Khmao to Prasith Mountain is 35 km. In the future, if the National Road N0 26 and other roads to Prasith Mountain are in good condition and assuring security, the transporting of tourists can go around the Prasith Mountain, firstly exit by the trail to the National Road N0 26 then proceed to the Idtharoes Mountain. The Prasith Mountain related to the both mountains bordered by the valley in Kandal Province. Amongst the two mountains, the mountain at the west has no many stories. Whereas the mountain at the East has stories related religion with a big Buddhist statue achieved Nirvana and stories related to the history Khmer’s King. Nowadays, the Prasith Mountain has no many big trees and decoration. There are few visitors visit there because of bad arrangement and management. However, this attractive site has beautiful scenery and fresh air. The Prasith Mountain is the cultural, historical and natural site.

Sa Ang Mountain

Sa Ang Mounain Located at Sa Ang commune in distance of 23 km from Ta Khmao or 34 km from Phnom Penh and can be accessible by the New National Road N0 21 (constructed during the Pol Pot time stretching over the plain area of Toul Kra Sang); from Ta Khmao to meet the Old National Road N0 21 at Chhouk Leap Pagoda, Roka Kpos Commune in 12-kilometre distance; from Chhouk Leak Pagoda to the market of Sa Ang District in 5-kilometre distance, turn right 2.5 km by a trail, will reach a gate of a pagoda, then turn right 2.5 km by a trail, will reach the mountain of Sa Ang. The mountain of Sa Ang is a type of natural and cultural site, there is a pagoda constructed at the highest peak of mountain where we can view the beautiful scenery of the surrounding. Sa Ang Mountain does not have many trees as Thon Mon Mountain; but around the pagoda, there is a big lake riches in fish, flowers of Rum Chong and ProLit; besides boating, tourists can enjoy fishing. During rainy season, Sa Ang Mountain seems to be an island surrounded by vast water with fresh air and forest around the mountain providing beautiful view to the area. Sa Ang Mountain has a lot of national visitors during the public holidays and traditional festivals. Nowadays, the Tourist office in cooperation with the Local Authority has planted trees and assured order, sanitation and security at the area for visitors.

Tum Pek Pagoda

Tum Pek Pagoda Located at Krang Yau Commune, Sa ang District, Kandal province. Kandal province has 8,000-hectar landarea and 12,700 people. Krang Yau is the developed region of Samdach Hun Sen having projects on development and agricultural product processing; in this region, there are vast rice fields, canal network and good red soil roads connecting from village to village. In Krang Yau pagoda, there are three pagodas, namely: An Det, Kong Nea Ream and Tum Pek pagoda. Among the three pagodas, only Tum Pek pagoda that has been arranged as tourist-attractive site which has eight artificial temples constructed by the supreme dead of the pagoda in the purpose of changing the area as the tourist attractive site by making roads around the pagoda, planting trees along the mountain valley and excavating ponds. In addition the pagoda has arranged one-hectar wedding part for new couple to plant trees as their remembrance; in the eight temples, the pagoda has display the beautiful ancient objects for tourists.

Ang Kor Chey Pagoda

Ang Kor Chey Pagoda How to go: Location: Description: Ang Kor Chey Pagoda is located at Ban Tey Dek commune, Kean Svay District in total distance of 29,000 km from Phnom Penh or 32,600 km from Ta Khmao by the National Road N0 1 (Phnom Penh-Svay Rieng province). We travel along the National Road N0 1 from Phnom Penh or Ta Khmao to Kilometre 29 then exceed about 50 metres, there is a gate at the right hand side written “Ang Kor Chey Pagoda”. If we enter by trail about 1,600 meters, we will reach the entertainment center. The pagoda constructed with having five peaks as the temple’s peaks. Before reaching the pagoda, we need to pass over a 100-meter wooden bridge; under the bridge, there is a big pond for keeping water during the dry season. Behind the pagoda, three is an artificial site located on the black hill characterized as resident of Neak Mean Bon or King. It is said that the black hill is a former palace because we found ancient objects and equipment like bowls and pot characterizing the ancient feature.Now, the black hill has been organized and maintained by guards because it relates to the belief in sacred objects there. Nowadays, Angkor Chey pagoda has a lot of local visitors especially those who cling to abstract belief; they go there to have sacredly watered. In addition, Ang Kor Chey pagoda has the beautiful scenery with cool shadow from the trees and pleasant environment.