Chong Koh - The Path Leading to the Art of Silk Weaving in Cambodia
by Top Mekong Cruises Apr 06, 2017
Culture and art are always outstanding features attracting tourists all over the world to have an excursion to Cambodia. Therefore, although Chong Koh is a small remote town in Cambodia, this silk village still leaves deep impression on travellers.
I, CHONG KOH - A PEACEFUL RIVERSIDE VILLAGE
Along with agriculture and fishing, weaving plays an important role in the life of local people in Chong Koh. Thus, it’s not surprising that each family has a loom which is made of wood and powered by foot pedals. This machine is usually put under the stilt house. The silk weavers use these weaving looms to create stunning fabrics and scarves with different colors and decorative patterns.
II, THINGS TO SEE IN CHONG KOH VILLAGE
1. Silk Workshops
It’s very interesting to spend time on watching the process of weaving as the artisans will show their impressive weaving skills to create beautiful silk masterpieces. Chong Koh Village welcomes and helps you relax with the idyllic landscape of river, mud path, stilt houses and green trees. In addition, you can also meet friendly people who try to speak English to introduce their village or sale the silk.
2. Rustic Primary Schools
There are some local primary schools in Chong Koh that opens to tourists. The facilities and conditions of the school are getting worse and worse, with faded paint, broken doors and windows. However, you will be amazed by encountering some of the poorest students of the country with big smiles on their faces.
3. Buddhist Stupa
Like other parts in the country, you will easily encounter some beautiful Buddhist stupas and temples in Chong Koh, which has beautiful sculptures and mysterious images of Buddha and sacred animals. These stupas usually offer free entry, so you can freely enjoy the beauty of Khmer architecture and learn more about Buddhism in Cambodia.
III, HOW TO GET TO CHONG KOH?
The best way to get to Chong Koh Village is to join Cambodia River Cruises - the best luxury cruises on Mekong River. These modern and fully furnished vessels will offer you the opportunity to make an explorations of the Mekong river basins as well as a lot of local villages and beautiful destinations in Cambodia and Vietnam including Chong Koh Village. They also helps you deeply explore the splendid scenery on both side of the Mekong River.
IV, WHAT TO BUY BACK FROM CHONG KOH VILLAGE CAMBODIA
Silk stuffs are the best things to buy back from Chong Koh. You can buy some silk scarfs and pieces of textile at very reasonable prices for your friends and family. Silk table runner with Cambodia traditional patterns and national symbols of all sizes will also be a great souvenirs as well as a ideal decoration for your house.
Tourists Buying Table Runner in Chong Koh, Cambodia
Mom and her Daughters Selling Silk Scarfs
Silk Scarfs of All Colors and Sizes in Chong Koh
Chong Koh is surely a peaceful village to travel to in Cambodia if you want to escape from the busy and bustling cities of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. There are many charming destinations in Cambodia for your future expeditions, please feel free to check out our website for more travel guides and tour packages.