Located on the western side of the Tonle Sap Lake, Pursat Province is covered mainly by moutainous terrain. Although the province is not home to many ancient temples, the highlight of this province concerns the history of the war between Siamese and the Khmers that took place just before the French Colonial era in Cambodia. An popular historical site is that of the Tomb of Oknha Klang Meung, the Cambodian hero who led the war against Siamese and defeated them in 1482.
Central Pursat is easily covered foot. Motodops hang around the market, bus stations, train station, and sometimes along the highway. A ride anywhere in town should cost around 1,000 riel. A day trip to Kampong Luang or elsewhere can be negotiated for $10 or more. The occasional tuk tuk can also be found.
While in Pursat, visit the floating town of Kampong Luang, and take in the natural beauty of the Ouda. These are unspoiled attractions that this charming province boasts. This is also a town known for its top-quality marble. Besides farming, most of the residents make their living sculpting using marble as the main medium.
Kampong Luang, a town floating on the Tonle Sap Lake is just 40 km away from the Pursat Town Center. The floating village includes a police station, schools, restaurants, a clinic, shops and bars. The town is self-sufficient and is equipped with all the facilities of a grounded city.
The Ouda, a remote attraction, refreshes even the most tired travelers with its gorgeous scenery and tranquility. Any stress brought on by the challenges of work or family life will be carried away in the natural splendor of the river, which flows from the Arai River in the Cardamom Mountains. The mouth of the river, approximately 500 meters wide, is framed by thousands of large and small rocks. During the rainy season, the crystal clear water crashes over the smooth stones, but when the rains dry up, sentimental travelers can take a seat on the rocks to reflect on their journey. Opened just a few years ago, Ouda is located in Rokat Commune in Kravanh District 58 km from Pursat Town.
Pursat and its surrounding attractions are sure to season even the savviest traveler. Lunch along the highway, dip into history with Oknha Kleang Mueng, a floating village tour, and a bathe in the healing waters of Ouda for an unforgettable trip.
Walking the town will let its provincial dusty chams shine on any visitor. Children will scream "hello" at any passing tourist. Locals may invite you for some food or karaoke.
Kampong Luong (Floating village on Tonle Sap Lake), (28 km east of Pursat along Highway 5). 1. Once your at Kampong Luong, you'll find that the local community has set up a central organisation offering three different boat trips that all last 1 hour and have fixed prices starting from $9 for 1-3 people.
Bamboo train, (Cross the central bridge in town to the east, turn right into Street 146 (after the Total gas station) and follow it until you hit the railway). Motorbiks may take you there for 2,000 riel, however it's easy walking distance from the central bridge in Pursat. According to local tuk-tuk drivers, there's trains only from about 10am to 2pm. Going from Pursat to the east the train will be filled with locals and goods. Calculate at least $8 to be brought back to the departure point or be brave and go on until you meet another one or find somebody that takes you back to Pursat.
River Bank Park
River Bank Park lies along the Pursat river, just north of the concrete bridge on the west side of the town. Originally it was constructed in Sangkum Reas Niyum period, before being destroyed by Pol Pot. Later, the Park has been rebuilt following the instigation and guidance of Mr. H.E. Ung Samy, the Governor of Pursat province. The Park is called 14 Makara (14 January), and marks the day of liberation from Pol Pot’s regime in 1979.
Pursat New Market
Pursat New Market stands along the Pursat riverbank on the west side of the town, about 700m north of the concrete bridge. The market sells everything from agriculture products to electrical goods and jewelry. The fruit stalls are particularly well stocked with an array of fruits, especially the famous local oranges (Kroch Po Sat).
Marble & Wood Carving
Pursat Province is the only region where marble is found and therefore Pursat is very famous throughout the country for its marble products. Skillful craftsmen can be seen at work sculpting huge Buddhas or beautiful statues. There are over 160 carving workshops in most districts, except the mountainous Veal Veng district. Most workshops are small private enterprises, although the odd one employs up to 13 craftsmen. Many workshops and shops in Pursat sell examples of the magnificent marble handiwork, which can make stylish souvenirs.
Another interesting craft place to visit is Bunrany Hun Sen, a vocational craft training centre. It is the ideal place to see and chat with local people, learning time-honored traditional craft such as weaving silk scarves, grass mats, sewing beautiful bags and purses or learning the trade of a sculpture. The centre is located next to Pursat High School on the north side of Pursat, along street No 9.
Kampong Luong, Tonle Sap Great Lake
The floating village of Kampong Luong on the Tonle Sap is the most unique and interesting place to visit in Pursat Province. It’s a complete village on water populated by over 10,000 inhabitants. Everyone lives in boats and the whole village moves up and down with the level of the water in the lake. The town has most of the usual facilities, restaurants, schools and even karaoke bars.While there is nowhere for visitors to stay overnight, it is possible to get there and back in a day, as it is between 35km- 40km northeast of Pursat. The easiest way to get there is by taxi or moto taxi to Krakor, which is on the way to Kampong Chhnang town. A moto driver from Pursat should be approximately USD $6 per day and the journey should take about 1 ½ hours each way.
At Kampong Luong, you can charter a boat to show you around and it should cost approximately USD $3/person for an hour, with a maximum of four tourists allowed per boat.
Chrak La Eang Waterfall
Chrak La Eang Waterfall is a sight of natural beauty, with views of the waterfall and forests. Visitors can swim or slide down the cascading river or relax in the calmer 2km stretch of stream. To get there, head for Chheu Tom commune, Krakor district, and 73km southeast of Pursat town and about 41km from Krakor market. It takes approximately 2 hours on a motorbike and 1 ½ hours driving in a pick-up from Pursat. A Motodup should cost approximately USD $10-15 for a return trip and price is negotiable.
Phnom Lang Trach
Phnom Lang Trach is a beautiful mountain region, lying along road No 55, with tall gallery forests and large natural boulders. The site is 49km southeast of Pursat town or, 17km south of Krakor Market, situated in Svay Sor Commune. Krakor district is to be found in the same direction to Chrak La Ean and takes only one hour to get there by road, either by motorbike and pick-up. A motodup charges about USD $8 for a return trip from Pursat and charges about USD $3 both ways from Krakor. Remember to agree the price before you leave.
Odar is a beautiful natural attraction situated along the Kravanh mountain chain, 55km south of Pursat town and 26km from Phnom Kravanh district. Along both sides of the winding road, you can see forested hills and hear birds and seasonal cicadas humming.It takes only 1 ½ -2 hours to get there in the dry season by motorcycle and should costs $10-15 for both ways. Unfortunately, the sight is not accessible in the rainy season.
L` bac Kamronh
For a beautiful year-round river, visit L´Bak Kamronh, about 53km south-west of Pursat town. It is situated in Ang Krong village, Samrong commune Phnom Kravanh district. Cascading water flows over the many rising boulders during the whole dry season. It takes 1 hour driving in a pick-up and 1 ½ hours driving a motorbike. A motodup costs $8 for both ways.
Phnom Lok is a famous mountain site where a Buddhist once monk lived on retreat and in solitude for most of his life. It is opposite L´Bac Kamrouh, next to National road No.56 on the right side (from east to west). The Mountain was named, by local people, after the monk (Lok) and now known as Phnom Lok (Monk mountain) forever.