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Oddar Meanchey is one of the smallest provinces of Cambodia located in the far Northwest bordering with Thailand. Its name means Victory Province and the provincial capital is called Samraong. This area was formerly known as Phanomsok, a province of Thailand, which was ceded to French Indochina in 1906, and now remains a part of Cambodia. This province is also a recent creation that was carved out of Siem Reap Province, which the government did not control for much of the 1980s and 1990s.

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The country has a tropical climate - warm and humid. In the monsoon season, abundant rain allows for the cultivation of a wide variety of crops. This year-round tropical climate makes Cambodia ideal for developing tourism. Travellers need not to fear natural disasters such as erupting volcanoes or earthquakes, and the country is not directly affected by tropical storms. 

Cambodia can be visited throughout the year. However, those plans to travel extensively by road should be avoided the last two months of the rainy season when some countryside roads may be impassable. 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:

  • Cool season: November- March (22c-28c) 
  • Hot season: March- May (27c -35c) 
  • Rainy season: May - October (24c-32c, with humidity up to 90%.)

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

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 30.6 26.6 20.8
Feb 32.5 28.5 23.1
Mar 34.2 30.3 25.1
Apr 35.2 31.1 26.1
May 34.5 30.4 26.5
Jun 33.4 29.6 25.8
Jul 32.5 29.1 25.5
Aug 31.9 28.8 25.5
Sep 31.2 28.5 25.5
Oct 31 28.2 25.2
Nov 31.1 27.9 24.1
Dec 30.4 26.8 21.8

Oddar Meanchey’s current weather and 7-day forecast

ODDAR MEANCHEY PROVINCE WEATHER

There are plenty of Tourist Attractions in Oddor Meanchey. Of these, the must visit places of interest in Oddor Meanchey are the Cultural Site of Khmer Rouge, also known as Tamu House, Border Check- Pint of Ou Smach and Waterfall of Cham Pey. These places of Tourist Attraction in Oddor Meanchey have been discussed in greater details in the following paragraphs. 

The Cultural Site of Khmer Rouge (Tamu House) 

Tamu House in Oddor Meanchey, Cambodia is a place which displays various statues depicting the lifestyle and troop arrangement of Khmer Rouge during the period of their struggle against the Royal Government. The area in which Tamu House is located had been organized and controlled by Khmer Rouge since 1979 to the end of 1997. On your trip to Tamu House, you can also visit the cultural site of Khmer Rouge that is located nearby. The exact location of this cultural hub is in the heart of An Lung Veng Districial. This place is located at a distance of approximately 100 kilometer from the provincial town by Road No 68. This site is a popular Tourist Attraction in Oddor Meanchey that is visited by many tourists all round the year, who come to this place and take snaps of Khmer Rouge period relics. 

Border Check- Pint of Ou Smach 

Border Check- Pint of Ou Smach is located at the common border of Cambodia and Thailand at a distance of approximately 41 kilometer from the provincial town by Road No. 68. One of the main highlights of Ou Smach is that it is a man-made site. Border Check- Pint of Ou Smach is one of the most popular sightseeing spots in Oddor Meanchey which was built with the financial aid provided by Royal Group Company and VTP shop Group Company. To add to the attraction of Border Check- Pint of Ou Smach, it has been organized as an entertainment spot of international standard. Most tourists who visit this place are from Thailand.

Actually Samraong has never been a big touristy spot so you'll just find some very basic guesthouses clustered near the dirty little market, which is advantageously located right next to the taxi station.

Rikreay guesthouse

This is a simple but clean place with a bed, mosquito net, fan (for a part of the night, as electricity may shut down) and share bathroom going for 10,000 riel.

Meanchey Guesthouse

The Meanchey Guesthouse is likely the most conclusive one among these with some NGOs visiting. This place is similar to the Rikreay, only the power stays on for twenty-hours, which means your fan should stay on all night. A room with a share bathroom, net and fan is US $ 4 and a double room with a simple bathroom inside of it is $10 - expensive for what it is but you are paying extra for the power. The US$ 4 room is so to say the better deal.

In fact that there aren't that much tourists staying overnight there are 3 very basic guesthouses in Anlong Veng. The most convenient one is the Reaksmey Angkor Guesthouse in the North of the small town. You will find quite clean rooms with mosquito net and a bathroom. The price is around 15,000-25,000Riel.

As Samraong isn't big at all you will easily find the central market with several food stalls around offering saucepans of pre-cooked food for around 2,000-3,000 Riel a serve. Unless the pots are still hot, it's a good idea to have them hear your servings up again so that you don't get more than you bargained for like getting sick. If you would like to go more for some sophisticated food, check the Santepheap restaurant (one of the best in town), where you might find some proper dishes, but don't expect Western food. 

The best restaurant in town is only open for breakfast and lunch. A friendly English- and French speaking Cambodian gentleman and his family run it. They can make up most Thai Khmer dishes that you may wasn't and also serve a good breakfast of eggs, French bread and coffee. The restaurant scene in Anlong Veng is similarly limited as in Samraong. There are several local food stalls around the central roundabout offering some local dishes at very reasonable prices mostly its typical Khmer and Chinese noodle dishes.

Bus/Share Taxis

If you wish to go to Anlong Veng you best come from Siem Reap via Major Road No 64 (distance: 142km). The time of journey vary depending on the season between 4-6hours. The easiest transport mean is a share taxi, which will charge you around US$4-5. Anlong Veng is also connected by reasonable roads to the provincial capital Samraong (US$4) in the West and Prasat Preah Vihear to the East.

You can book a Private Taxi online in advance for a few dollars more.

Motorbike Info

The road to Siem Reap is in good condition, but driving in Cambodia is still challenging in the extreme, and should be attempted only by experienced riders. Speeding taxis, slow cows, and oblivious children are the norm. The trip calls for a dirt or road bike, no smaller than 250cc. It can be made in a day, but two days with a layover in Kampong Thom is a more relaxed alternative and allows time to visit the pre-Angkorian ruins of Sambor Prei Kuk. Leave Phnom Penh via the Japanese Bridge and follow National Highway No 6 75km to the North. You'll reach the Skun intersection (Skun is known for its exotic foods - check out the fried spiders, turtle eggs and more at roadside stands.), where you have to turn left and follow NH 6 to Kampong Thom - about 2-3 hours. In Kampong Thom, the Arunreas Hotel (062-961294), Stung Sen Royal Hotel (012-309495) and Mittapheap Hotel are all decent mid-range places. Arunras Guesthouses and Restaurant next to the hotel is the place to eat cheaply.

From Kampong Thom to Siem Reap the trip takes another 2 hours. From there you?ll have to search the Major Road 64 to Anlong Veng. This will take you another 6h on bumpy unpaved dirt roads through monotonous dry forest changing sometimes to jungle sections. 

Going to Samraong: (Share Taxis/Pick Up/Motorbike)  Heading west on the NH 6 from Siem Reap you'll reach an intersection after 51km. Turn right and you enter after some 100m a small town called Kralanh (US$1.5 from Siem Reap or Sisophon). From here you take another pick up or share taxi to the North on laterit-paved and bumpy Minor Road 68 (US$2-3, 2-3hours, 65km). Sometimes you can find early taxis leaving to Samraong from Siem Reap (US$4-5).
You can book a Private Taxi online in advance for a few dollars more.

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