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Pursat is a small town in western Cambodia, and is the capital of the province of the same name. The town itself isn't much of an attraction, nor does it contain anything that will distinguish it from the other small provincial capitals in this country. One great thing it does offer, however, is fantastic access to the Cardamom Mountains, giving it a healthy potential for eco-tourism. The floating villages of Kampong Luang on the great lake Tonle Sap are a poplular day trip about 28km from Pursat town. On the whole, this is a sleepy town with marginal interest for the non-Khmer speaking traveller. Bread and pastries are terrible and the general prices for food and accommodation are higher than in the more touristed Battambang. Not worth the transit.
Central Pursat town is easily manageable by foot. Motodops hang around the market, bus stations, train station, and sometimes along the highway. A trip to the train station or anywhere in town should cost around 1,000 riel. A day trip to Kampong Luang or elsewhere can be negotiated for $5 or more. The occasional tuk tuk can also be found. The Phnom Pech Hotel rents small motorbikes by the day and half-day.
Pursat is an excellent place to meet local khmer people. Walk around and there will be a lot of children saying "hello". If you are lucky and speak a bit with the people there is high possibility that they invite you for food or karaoke.
As in Battanbang, there is as well a "bamboo train".