Cambodia Photo Tours Day Tour to Kampong Chhnang.

Text by ©Michael Klinkhamer.
all images © by MK

This is a day tour photo opportunity for an exciting adventure into the heart of the Cambodian kingdom. Here we can find a lot of subject matter and authentic non-touristy Cambodia off the beaten track with its amazing people and it's valuable Tonlé Sap river landscape on the horizon.
Kampong Chhnang is somehow overlooked by the tourist hordes heading to Siem Reap-Angkor Wat and leaves us with a genuine hard-working small city with a lot of charm and possibilities to do nice pictures off and on the water.

During the day we will be able to hire a charter boat for an hour or a bit more to get closer to the floating villages dotted on the river.

Kampong Chhnang is located at the heart of Cambodia. It's bordering Kampong Thom to the North, Kampong Cham to the East, Kampong Speu to the South and Pursat to the West. This province is not only at the fertile and almost ever-wet heart of Cambodia, but also just a 91km ride from Phnom Penh, so its a quick jaunt up and perfect for a full day photo outing.

While Phnom Penh is rapidly evolving in a more organized and sleek city, Kampong Chhnang is still a rough diamond for the adventurous traveler who likes to explore and be totally emerged into photography and getting up close with the real Cambodia.

Due to its location next to the Tonlé Sap Lake, Kampong Chhnang's population is predominantly in fishery and rice plantation involved. Especially the provincial capital, which is an easygoing hard-working river port town that is worth a visit and our destination. 
The port focuses on servicing the needs of the local people living on the river and is the main port for selling fish and buying tools and hardware for building and maintaining the floating homes and fisheries further up and downstream on the river and the majestic big Tonlé Sap lake.

Personally, I love the energy and the sense of freedom these people radiate when they go by in their powerful fast boats.

We depart from Phnom Penh in the morning 7.30am and return around 6.30pm.
Travel is by local bus or private taxi.
Overnight stay in Kampong Chhnang is also an option.
Check back with me if interested in pricing and more information.

The pictures here will give you an idea of what to expect. But there is much more to be found along the port and along the river and further into the country side.
Kampong Chhnang is a hard working rough place were the people live a traditional life on stilted houses or on floating totally comfortable houses on the river and lake. The cultural and ethnic differences are Cambodian, Vietnamese and Cham, living somewhat separated but in harmony. 

About the gear used by Michael Klinkhamer.

FX Nikon D610 with Nikkor f2.8 pro lenses from 24-70m and 70-200mm.
RAW files edited in Adobe Lightroom

All images by © Michael Klinkhamer.



  1. Hi Michael
    Excellent editorial with a great description of the area, lifestyle and vibe of the people. Love the images, especially the girl on the rickety wooden bridge and the connection you made with the guy smoking and that awesome purple backdrop. A compelling place to visit for any enthusiastic photographer


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