Pursat province in Cambodia is a hidden gem that offers unique and memorable experiences.
From its stunning natural landscapes to its rich history and cultural diversity, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this province.
Natural Beauty of Pursat Province
Pursat province is blessed with natural beauty from lush green rice fields to serene rivers and waterfalls, the province is a haven for nature lovers.
Bokor National Park, one of the province’s most popular attractions, offers breathtaking views, dense forests, and a chance to spot unique wildlife so, whether you are an avid hiker or simply seeking tranquility, there is plenty on offer.
Rich History and Cultural Diversity
Pursat province is steeped in history, so exploring its heritage sites is a must-do for history enthusiasts with Prasat Phnom Banan, an ancient temple dating back to the 11th century, a testament to the province’s rich cultural heritage.
Here, you can immerse yourself in the history of Cambodia and marvel at the architecture as well as getting to know about the several ethnic minority groups, each with its own distinct traditions and customs.
Immerse yourself in their vibrant culture and experience firsthand the warmth and hospitality of the locals.
If you love stunning waterfalls, this region has an abundance of rivers, streams and magnificent waterfalls. Veal Veng, for instance, is a popular waterfall that offers a serene and picturesque setting, perfect for a relaxing day trip.
Authentic Khmer Cuisine
No visit to Pursat province would be complete without indulging in authentic Khmer cuisine as the province boasts a wide array of traditional dishes.
From the famous fish amok, a fragrant curry steamed in banana leaves, to the savory beef lok lak, a stir-fried beef dish served with rice, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Don’t forget to try out the local street food with delicious treats like num banh chok, a traditional Khmer noodle dish, and fresh tropical fruits.
Local Art and Handicrafts
Pursat province is renowned for its skilled artisans and exquisite handicrafts and in the local markets you can find handmade items, ranging from intricately woven silk scarves to beautifully carved wooden sculptures.
Supporting local artisans not only allows you to take home unique souvenirs but helps to preserve the traditional crafts of the region.
This is a destination that has it all–natural beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, delicious cuisine, and unique handicrafts, so, whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or an immersive cultural experience, Pursat has something for everyone.
In recent years, Pursat has attracted considerable attention by investors and large infrastructure projects have been completed or underway.
In September 2020 a 60-MW solar power station in the province was commissioned and connected to the national power grid. The following year, a 30-MW plant was completed by the same company Schneitec Renewable Co., Ltd. in Krokor District.
Further, in March 2023, the Pursat governor spelt out a government plan to create a new city in the Veal Veng District due to its favourable economy, trade, natural resources, and agriculture conditions.
The announcement of this urban plan comes as the Cambodian and Thai governments step up cooperation in preparation for the opening of the Thmor Da-Banthan Sen international border crossing.
According to Governor Khoy Rida, the border gate is expected to be officially opened soon and is expected to boost trade, investment, and tourism, as the two nations boost bilateral trade to $15B by the end of the year 2025.
In 2020, the Cambodian government inaugurated the 182km National Road 55 that connects Pursat City with the Cambodian-Thailand border.
My 2nd home program
Cambodia my 2nd home (CM2H) is an innovative initiative recently launched by KHCA (Khmer Home Charity Association) in association with the Ministry of Interior (MOI).
Its aim is to help foreign nationals enjoy a raft of measures to facilitate sustainable living and business in the Kingdom.
Benefits for participants in the program include a 10-year unlimited entry / exit visa.
After 5 years, they are eligible to apply for a Cambodian passport and can fully enjoy the advantages of the dynamic ASEAN network.
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