To Know While Traveling In Pursat
||Pursat's economy consists basically of
agricultural farming, fishery, rice and fruit cropping in the
North of the province near the Tonle Sap Basin. Beside this the
harvesting of sandalwood oil, which fetches huge prices in Asia
(but sandalwood trees are disappearing fast in Cambodia) is
another livelihood for the locals. Unfortunately the illegal
logging of precious hardwoods and the poaching of endangered species give
some people an additional income.
- The population of Pursat on September 26th
2012 is approximately 58,497. (Extrapolated from Cambodia
populations of 12,759,811 in 2000 and 13,995,904 on October 8th
2010, and a Pursat population of 57,000 on January 3rd 2010.) by
Pursat covers 12692 square kilometers and 189km from Phnom Penh. It
consists of 6 districts, 49 communes and 501 villages.
- Pursat is the fourth biggest province of Cambodia.
The province is located in the western part of the country and borders
clockwise from the north with Battambang, the Tonle Sap Lake, Kompong
Chhnang, Kompong Speu, Koh Kong, and Thailand.
- Pursat offers a perfect access to both the Tonle Sap
(just 35km far) and the Cardamom Mountains (right to the West). The name
of Pursat refers to a type of tree.
- The provincial capital of Pursat is also called
Pursat town. The city is located right in the middle between the Tonle
Sap and the Cardamom Mountains on the riverbanks of the Stung Pursat.
There isnt that much to do in that small town, so most of the tourists
coming here are more or less on their way to Battambang or Phnom Penh.
For people just driving by, the impression of a boring ordinary town
remains. The only tourist attraction in town is the marble workshops
near the bridge on the main street. The precious marble stones originate
from the Cardamoms, than they are brought here, followed up and sold
near the Lam Siv Eng Restaurant. About 5 km from town is the tomb of