Pursat is the fourth biggest province of Cambodia.
The province is located in the western part of the country and borders
clockwise from the north with Battambang, the Tonle Sap Lake, Kompong
Chhnang, Kompong Speu, Koh Kong, and Thailand. Pursat offers a perfect
access to both the Tonle Sap (just 35km far) and the Cardamom Mountains
(right to the West). The name of Pursat refers to a type of tree.
the time being, Pursat receives few travellers and the two main
attractions, the Cardamoms and the Tonle Sap require a little initiative
on the tourist's part to visit. Pursat is predominantly accessible by
the National Highway No 5 form Phnom Penh (174km) and Battambang
(106km). There is also an old slowly train working between Phnom Penh
and Battambang, which stops outside (2km) from Pursat.
provincial capital of Pursat is also called Pursat town. The city is
located right in the middle between the Tonle Sap and the Cardamom
Mountains on the riverbanks of the Stung Pursat. There isn?t that much
to do in that small town, so most of the tourists coming here are more
or less on their way to Battambang or Phnom Penh. For people just
driving by, the impression of a boring ordinary town remains. The only
tourist attraction in town is the marble workshops near the bridge on
the main street. The precious marble stones originate from the
Cardamoms, than they are brought here, followed up and sold near the Lam
Siv Eng Restaurant. About 5 km from town is the tomb of Khleang Meung.
The Tonle Sap
province offers the magnificent opportunity to see one of the larger
and markedly less touristy floating villages without a significant
investment in time or money. In fact, there are a number of floating
villages in the province only accessible from the lake, Peach Kantil,
Kbal Taol, and Prek Kr, but you can only see Kompong Luong for the cost
of the day-rate for a moto ($6-8) and the cost for a boat ride once you
Pursat offers a relatively easy
way to enter this fantastic ecological wonder, the massive Cardamom
Mountains. Accessing the central Cardamoms from Pursat is not too
difficult as there is a road from Pursat to Veal Veng, a small village
between the Mt. Samkos and Mt. Aural Wildlife Sanctuaries. There's
really nothing to do but to take a drive through the country, to have a
look at the mountains, and to talk to people who don't see many
foreigners ? and that is even worth it. There's no organized transport
from Pursat to this place, but if you ask around you should eventually
get satisfactory results.