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Kandal is one of the smaller provinces of Cambodia. This province completely surrounds, but does not include, the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh. It's capital is Ta Khmau (lit. Black Grandfather) and is around 20km south of Phnom Penh. The province is re-known for its ancient history. One of the major attractions is Udong, which served as the former capital of Cambodia under several sovereigns between 1618 and 1866. A number of kings, including King Norodom, were crowned here.

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The tropical climate in Cambodia means the temperature is virtually always warm and humid which makes this country great to visit at any time. The average temperature is in the region of 27°C, which can lower to a minimum of about 16°C. The preferred time to explore this country on the Indochina tour packages is when the temperature is at its coolest which is between October, November and December. The months with the most rain are May, June, July, August, September, October and November. If planning to travel during the rainy season it helps to pack extra supplies such as a waterproof jacket. Also during the rainy season, the countryside roads can become practically impossible to use, which is certain to have a negative effect on those travellers touring by road. The warmest month of the year is April which is best avoided by those that prefer to avoid touring sites in intense heat.

Check the below table for the general idea of Kandal weather throughout the year.

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 30.8 27.3 22.3
Feb 32.8 28.7 23.3
Mar 34.3 30.3 25.1
Apr 34.8 30.7 25.8
May 34.8 30.5 26.2
Jun 33.9 29.8 25.8
Jul 32.9 29.2 25.2
Aug 33.1 29.1 25.2
Sep 32.2 28.6 25
Oct 31.8 28.6 25
Nov 31.4 28.5 24.6
Dec 31 27.7 23.1

Kandal’s current weather and 7-day forecast


Kandal doesn't have major tourist attractions as in other provinces in Cambodia, but some are worth a day trip from Phnom Penh if you have the time.

Phnom Udong

The one-time ancient city of Phnom Oudong is approx. 40 km from Phnom Penh via national highway No 5. This is a popular attraction when travelling and visited for its spires of stupas that appear from the mountaintop.

Koh Dach

A visit to the town of Koh Dach makes it possible for the tourists to explore a traditional silk weaving village with plenty of the inhabitants skilled at spinning and weaving. There is also a fishing village on the nearby River bank. It is about 20 km² in size and is easily reached via national highway No 6 by road or travelling on the Mekong River by boat. The travel distance is approx. 20 km northeast of Phnom Penh.

Angkor Chey Pagoda

A tour of the Angkor Chey Pagoda makes it possible to explore this cultural area. It is a total travel distance of 32.5 km from Ta Khmao, and at the easiest route is to travel on national highway No 1. Plus, there is also an entertainment centre that is ready to be explored by the tourist on the Cambodia Adventure Tours.

The hotels and guesthouses in Kandal can be found at quite cheap rates, but there isn’t much in the way of luxury accommodation. For the high end hotels it is preferable to stay in Phnom Penh on the Cambodia Package Holiday, which is just a short journey by motordop or taxi.

The L Elphant Blanc Resort is easily found on the National Road No 1 and a short distance after the Monivong Bridge. This is a quite expansive resort with plenty here include clean and comfortable rooms and fine food.

There are numerous restaurants and bars in Kandal. You can enjoy an authentic dinning experience at the restaurants and bars in Kandal province. Restaurants offer you a cuisine which is quite light on the stomach. And what?s more, the dishes come at reasonable rates. Mostly the dishes come teemed with rice or sometimes noodles. You will also get both Thai and Vietnamese characteristics in Khmer food. The people of Kandal (also all over Cambodia) prefer a stronger sour taste in their dishes. The dishes become spicier with the addition of Prahok. If you are yearning for some Chinese cuisine in Kandal, you won’t be disappointed. A large number of Chinese restaurants are scattered all across Kandal.

You have to take a few sips of the famous Palm wine and rice wine in exotic bars in Kandal. At least the golden muscle wine offers you an authentic Khmer experience. The reputed restaurants and bars in Kandal include the LElphant Blanc Resort, Srey Touch Restaurant, Club Evergreen Co Ltd, Say Sabok Restaurant and Bar, Villa 777 Restaurant, Ses Sor Restaurant, Restaurant Sountepheap Water Park and Samros Bopha Boeung Taben Guesthouse & Restaurant among others.

Say Sabok Restaurant & Bar

Located in Kandal province closed to the Riverside. Restaurant with Khmer and international cuisine. Big Bar. Also rooms to stay overnight.

Ses Sor Restaurant

Located at the National Road No N2 , No 068 in Takhmao. They have a huge range of Khmer and Chinese dishes.

L Elphant Blanc Resort

Located on the National Road No 1, 7 Km after the Monivong Bridge, in front of Prek Eng Commune. A big resort offering almost everything you need, whether it’s a comfortable room or an exquisite dish.

Restaurant Sountepheap Water Park

Located on the National Road No 1 near Mittapheap Village, Prek Eng Commune, Kien Svay District, (on the right).

The relatively short distance from Phnom Penh makes it very easy to reach Kandal using a variety of transport methods. The bus station is easily located near the central market in Phnom Penh. Even though most of the buses are en route to other provinces, they are still willing to stop in Kandal as they pass by. There are regular trips to Takeo which take place three or four times per day in the morning and early afternoon. The cost of using the bus services is in the region of $0.5-$1.

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A quick and convenient option is the share taxi that completes the journey to Ta Khmau at regular intervals throughout the course of the day. The cost is about $1-$2.

Most of the roads around Phnom Penh are kept in a good state of repair which means that travelling on a motorbike is a popular option.

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