Kampong Speu is the capital of Kampong Speu Province in Cambodia. Speu is the Khmer word for star fruit, but Kampong Speu is actually famous for its palm sugar and wine.
This province is a natural and cultural resort, which is located at Tang Tonle Village and Ampe Phnom Village, So Por Tep Commune and Svay Kra Van Commune, Chbar Mon District in 48-Kilometer distance from Phnom Penh, then turning left for two more kilometres.
The resort has natural rivers, especially the bigger Preaek Thnot River, which has many big trees growing along it and the mountain foot, a rocking bridge linking from Tang Tonle Village to Ampe Phnom Village. You may also see the old pagoda on a hill, what’s a worshipping place for Cambodian people, who go there during traditional festivals.
At Ampe Phnom, tourists can enjoy swimming, walking through the rocking bridge and resting at the collages along the riverbank.
Kampong Speu province is located to the west of Phnom Penh. It borders Kampong Chhnang and Pursat to the North, Phnom Penh to the East, Kampot and Takeo to the South, and Koh Kong to the West. The area of the province is 7,017 square kilometres.
The topography is variable, from a large area of lowland paddy fields in the east to lowland/upland mosaics and upland forested areas in the West. Cambodia's highest mountain, the Phnom Aural with 1813m altitude is located in the very North of this province. Kampong Speu is classified as a rural province.
The total: 762,500 persons of total population of Cambodia 14,363,519 with 370,292 males and 392,208 females. In 2006 the estimated population was 762,500 thousand persons and was consisting of around 52% females. There are 370,292 males and 392,208 females. The people of Kampong Speu live in 8 districts composed of 87 communes and 1358 villages. The population density of the province is nowadays approximately 102 persons/km2 compared to an average population density for Cambodia with 75 persons/km2.
Cambodia has sun almost year round. The average temperature is about 27 degrees Celsius; the minimum temperature is about 16 degrees. December and January are the coolest months, whereas the hottest is April.
General information about the provincial climate:
- Rainy season starts from May to October with the temperature of 26-34 ºc and with humidity up to 90%
- Cool season starts from November to March with the temperature of 16-26 ºc
- Hot season starts from March to May with the temperature of 25 ºc -35 ºc
Kampong Speu’s economy consists basically of rice and fruit cropping and fishery. It’s also noted by its famous palm sugar and wine. Especially the rural households depend on agriculture and its related sub-sectors.
How to get there:
As there are several bus companies going from Phnom Penh to Sihanouk Ville, you’ll have the opportunity to choose freely from one of these. They pass Kampong Speu, so you just have to book a ticket to the provincial capital or you go a bit further depending on where you would like to go too. The most buses are departing from the Southwest corner of the Phsar Thmey (central market). The price shouldn’t be higher than 6,000-8,000 Riel per ride. The buses depart almost every hour of the day, especially in the morning and midday (no buses after 4pm).
Most Share Taxis are leaving Phnom Penh in the morning hours, as there is still business to make, when they approach in Kampong Speu. They leave also from the Charles de Gaulle (Southwest from the central market). The prices are around USD3-4.
Motorcycle Touring Information:
Coming with the motorbike from Phnom Penh to Kampong Speu, you’ll probably be taking the national highway No 4 in direction of Sihanouk Ville. As the provincial capital, also named Kampong Speu isn’t that far away (approximately 48km) from Phnom Penh it’s a one-hour ride with the motorbike. The street is in best condition, but the traffic, especially coming close to Phnom Penh might sometimes take your last nerve.