Overview of Kampong Cham
Kampong Cham the capital city of the Kampong Cham Province in eastern Cambodia. It is the third largest city in Cambodia with a population of 63,771 people and is located on the Mekong River. Kampong Cham is 124 kilometers northeast from Phnom Penh and can be reached by either boat or by asphalt road. It takes about 2.5 hours by vehicle or 2.5 hours by boat from Phnom Penh to the city of Kampong Cham. Its geographic location is 12.00°N, 105.46°E.
The city is subdivided into four khums and 31 phums.
Kampong means “the side of a river or any other water body” with Cham meaning Cham ethnicity of Champa. A similar Malay word “Kampung” means “village.”
Aside from getting drenched, the main disadvantage of travelling in wet season in Kampong Cham relates to flooding and degraded road conditions. The bulk of roads in Kampong Cham are dirt and in wet season they turn to heavily rutted and pot-holed mud-pits. Travelling in rural areas, particularly the north and northeast of the country, can be slowed considerably. You will still be able to go just about anywhere, it will just take longer.