Kandal

Kandal is a province in central Cambodia that completely surrounds Phnom Penh. Its capital is Ta Khmau, and it contains Udong, the former capital of the country between 1618 and 1866. A number of kings, including King Norodom, were crowned in Udong.

Phnom Udong, Former Capital of Cambodia

Phnom Udong is the former capital of Cambodia from 1618 to 1866. It is located 41 km. north of Phnom Penh and can be reached through National Road No. 5. The road going to Phnom Udong from the national road is clearly marked and is less than 4 kilometers. Phnom Udong spans a series of five small hills with an area of about 1500 by 700 meters from east to west. The summits are namely Chetdei, Trai Treung, Chetdei Kampul Buon, Preah Ang Chol Nipean, and Ariya Kabas. Chetdei and Trai Treung summits are of the same height.
The main hill is said to be shaped like a Naga and the stupa houses the remains of past monarchs, including King Monivong and King Ang Duong. A new huge stupa at the end of the mountain ridge was completed in 2002 and built to hold relics of the Buddha. The relics, once housed in a small stupa near the railroad station in Phnom Penh, were relocated to the new stupa by then King Norodom Sihanouk and Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk in December 2002.
This site is of particular interest to visitors seeking to learn about early Cambodian history because it was home to several kings when it served as the capital of the Kingdom. Additionally, the site offers more than an exhibit of Cambodia's ancient history. At the top of the stairs on the left lies the city's most impressive structure, Vihear Preah adthareus, a sanctuary of the 18 cubit Buddha, in which scars of heavy firefighting between the Khmer Rouge and Lon Nol's regime and American troops in 1970's still remains. The eight huge columns of the shrine and the roof they once supported were destroyed when Khmer Rouge forces blew up the temple in 1977. The arm and part of one side of a huge still Buddha remains, and his face was placed at the foot of the pedestal and a modern shrine was built around it.
However, the severity of the fighting and the extent of the damage to this once magnificent shrines did not take away its haunting beauty. The views of the surrounding countryside from entire ridge are breathtaking, and the silence casts an air of serenity over the battleground of a war long past . Tourists crowd the hill temples during the weekends and holidays. Most locals going for a daytrip here came from Phnom Penh and Kandal Province because of its proximity to this area. Visitors can enjoy eating local delicacies such as roasted chicken, fish and sweet palm fruits sold in picnic huts at the base of the hill. Local handicrafts are available as well as a souvenir of your visit.

Ang Kor Chey Pagoda

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 meters. 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 maintain.

Koh Dach: Koh Dach located 20 km northeast of Phnom Penh and has an area of 30 square kilometers. It can be reached by National Road No6A and by boat along the Mekong River.
Koh Dach features a traditional silk-weaving village in which local craftsmen are skilled at spinning and weaving for their livelihood. It also has fishing villages on the bank of the river.

Handicraft Centre

Handicraft center is located at Koh Dach Commune, Muk Kampool District at the middle of Mekong River. The commune of Koh Dach has 12-kilometer length and width from 100m to 2,500 Metres, borders Prek Luong commune at the East and Uk Nha Tey commune, Koh Dach district at the west, and faces with the communes of Prek Leap and Bak Kheng, Muk Kanpool District.
The commune of Koh Dach has five villages, namely: Koh Dach, Kbal Koh, Lvea, Chong Koh and Neah village. The commune's Hall is located at Kbal Koh village. Due to flooding of Mekong River flowing from Upper Mekong to Lower Mekong then to Vietnam has caused the area of Kbal Koh guadually collapsed. The main careers of the local people there are:
    - Planting sub-product crop such as corn, seasame, bean and banana.
    - Planting fruit tree
   - Manufacturing mosquito net, silk sarong, Phamuong, Hol, silk krama and running small businesses. The commune of koh Dach has three pagodas, namely Ampor Phal, Kra Pumpich and SaMaki kbal koh.

Kean Svay Krau Pagoda

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.

Phnom Baseth

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 does 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 Adtharoes 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.

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