The longest man-made bamboo bridge in Cambodia is located in Kampong Cham provice. This seasonal bamboo bridge is built every time the flood recedes usually in December and then swept away by the flow of the flood when it comes again in May. The bamboo bridge is privately owned and you have to pay to cross this bamboo bridge. The duration is usually between December and May, roughly 6 months. Another 6 months, you still can cross on a joint boat big enough to supports up to 30 people including their vehicles.
The bamboo bridge served as a link connecting Kampong Cham town and Pen island. The island is big with a long beach. Many inhabitants reside the island, most of them are farmers. They usually grow tobacco, soybean, sugarcane and many other kinds of vegetables. Usually people visit the island on Khmer New Year day which is usually from the 13/14 to 16 April. However, many foreign tourists visit the bridge daily by cycling up the island. The cycling on the bamboo bridge is a pleasure yet risky one since the lane is small so you can not go faster, the wind is strong and you feel like “Oh my, I am almost blown away!”, and finally the bamboo bridge is unstable – it likes walking on a hanging bridge, but not that too much swing power.
For the last 25 years having been living in Kampong Cham, it is the first time I saw the bamboo bridge swept away by the current only a few days after it installation (it is usually swept away after roughly 6 months in use when the water level rises). This incident occurred on the morning of 28th, December 2013, but luckily there is no causality. Since then, the bridge is already erected again and put in to good use.