Koh Chen Island is popular for its wide reach. The closer you get to the island's only village, the louder a heartbeat-pounding sound gets. This sound (produced by men hammering heated bronze) is drawing tourists from around the world, who along with shops in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh are showing renewed interest in the engraved bronze items produced in the Koh Chen village.
Koh Chen is situated in Tonle Sap River around 35 km from Phnom Penh, in the district of Ponhea Leu, Kandal province. The residents have been practicing the craft handed down to them over many generations and they can't remember its source. What is evident at first is that the men do forging and women engrave.
Today, Koh Chen residents primarily use bronze, and mostly make bowls. They also use silver and copper, but the price of silver has become prohibitive. There are about forty families still producing crafts and most switched from silver. Bronze and copper remain affordable, so silver can just be sprayed on the products when they are done. The demand for products made of bronze is, however, lower.
The Koh Chen cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Koh Chen, Cambodia.
If you lose the Koh Chen location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.