Places.

Kompong Thom

The provincial capital of Kompong Thom province, this very small town is bustling throughout the day before slowing down to almost silence by dark.

The large central market is hard to miss by its horrific modern frontage. However, inside is a labyrinth of stores and well worth a walk through. Guide books recommend the old governor’s mansion just west of the sprawling market area, but it needs no more than a brisk walk past. More attention could be paid to the activities on the river promenade nearby, and a small independent ferry which serves the river.

For the adventurous type, boats wait on the northern bank of the river every morning before heading approximately 90km downstream to Phat Sanday – a large floating village. Whether there is accommodation there I am unsure.

 

Sisophon

Sisophon sprawls around the T-junction of Route 5 and Route 6, which have come up from Phnom Penh on opposite sides of the Tonle Sap lake.