New Tourist Site in Preah Sihanouk Province: Thmor Rung Waterfall
located about 120km from the capital and situated in Preah Sihanouk Province, it is a wonderful Thmor Rung waterfall with the forested mountainous surroundings. On the way, great scenery is warmly welcomed like paddy fields, the tranquil remote villages and mountains. Enjoying birds singing, colorful flowers blossoming and the song from the water flowing through the stones, it will become an awesome day to relax there for the ones who like to escape from the maddening crowd, but avoid the weekend and public holidays.
Kandal province is completely covered the capital province and its town is Ta Khmau (Takmao). Making a day trip to that province is also potential as it contains Udong, the former capital between 1618 and 1866 and King Norodom was also crowned in Udong.
Phnom Udong- located about 40km northwest of the capital, Udong lays on the hills of the abandoned royal city and several temples, stupas and other structures cover three hills. The way up to the summit of the mountain offers an excellent countryside view. The main attractions today are the two small humps of Phnom Udong and both ends of the ridge have good views of the Cambodian countryside dotted with innumerable sugar palm trees.
Koh Dach (Silk Island)- located 20km northeast of Phnom Penh and has an area of 30 square km, it can be reached by car or by boat. Koh Dach especially features a traditional silk weaving village where the skilled local craftsmen are spinning, weaving and dying for their livelihood. It’s also a typical rural Cambodian stilted village, entirely dedicated to silk weaving. Some fishing villages are also found along the bank of the Mekong River. It is pleasure to have a half-day cruise trip to that village from the capital.
Kien Svay- having 10km distance from the capital along the National Road No. 1, the resort has the natural beauty decorated by small and big high trees, crop and fruit trees which provide cool shadow with green scenery. The main sight of this resort is Kien Svay pagoda, but it is stretched over along the Ktob River which becomes a very popular picnic area on a small tributary of the Mekong River. Hundreds of bamboo huts have been built over the water and locals love to come here on the weekend. Kien Svay is a peculiarly Cambodian institution, mixing the universal love of picnicking by the water with the unique Khmer fondness for lounging about on mats. All sorts of food are sold here and popular dishes include grilled chicken and fish, river lobster and fresh fruit.
New Tourist Site in Preah Sihanouk Province: Thmor Rung Waterfall- located about 120km from the capital and situated in Preah Sihanouk Province, it is a wonderful Thmor Rung waterfall with the forested mountainous surroundings. On the way, great scenery is warmly welcomed like paddy fields, the tranquil remote villages and mountains. Enjoying birds singing, colorful flowers blossoming and the song from the water flowing through the stones, it will become an awesome day to relax there for the ones who like to escape from the maddening crowd, but avoid the weekend and public holidays.
KAMPONG SPEU PROVINCE
Kampong Speu province is located in the southwestern part of Cambodia and in the west of the capital. The provincial town of that province is Chbar Mon which is about 45km from the capital.
Preah Soramrit Kasamak Kirirom National Park- located about 117km southwest of Phnom Penh and set amid lush forest and pine groves, it is popular with locals for the city escape during weekend as it is 675m above sea level with a notably cool climate with small waterfalls and a number of basic walking trails. Considering hooking up with a ranger for a two-hour hike up to Phnom Dat Chivit (literally means the end of the world mountain), its abrupt cliff-face offers an unbroken view of the Elephant Mountains and Cardamom Mountains to the west. It is also an ideal spot to glimpse some of the country’s unique birdlife and birdwatchers.
Chambok Ecotourism Site- just next to the Kirirom National Park, it offers a variety of activities in its community such as hiking, interaction with local villagers, a discovery program of Cambodia’s unique natural biodiversity, ox-cart riding, pedaling, bird watching, bathing at the stream and the waterfall and exploring a bat cave. It also has a great chance to have a picnic lunch prepared by local women at waterfall.
Kirirom Hillside Resort- near the foot of the mountain, Kirirom Hillside Resort is offering a wide variety of leisure activities and facilities such as hotel accommodation, restaurants, family shopping mart, recreation and children playground, Dino Park, fishing pool, canoeing, horse riding, biking and robe sliding. Tennis court and basketball field are also available for the sport lovers.
Takeo province is located in the southern part of Cambodia and in the south of the capital. The provincial town of that Province, Doun Kaev is about 75 km in the south of the capital.
Phnom Da- located about 24km east of Takeo provincial town and about 102km south of Phnom Penh, it is flooded during the rainy season and Phnom Da is a cultural, historical site which provides visitors to relax and research Cambodian history. Phnom Da Temple was built on the top of a small hill in 6th century by King Rutravarman and the magnificent scenery will be offered from the hill.
Phnom Chiso- located about 62km south of the capital, Phnom Chiso is 130m High Mountain with temple built in the early 11th century by King Suryavarman I. Constructed of laterite and brick with carved lintels of sandstone, the complex is surrounded by the partially ruined walls of a 2.5m wide gallery with windows. On the plain to the west of Phnom Chiso are the sanctuaries of Sen Thmol, Sen Ravang and the former sacred pond of Tonle Om. All three of these features form a straight line from Phnom Chiso in the direction of Angkor. Offering some superb views of the countryside, it is better to get there in the early morning or late in the afternoon as it is not convenient to climb in the heat of the midday sun.
A silk and Kroma manufacturing village- Cambodian farmers make traditional silk all throughout the kingdom but for day tripping, it is convenient to visit Tang Yab villages, well-known for its weaving handicraft and one of the largest villages located nearby Chiso temple, it's about 4km from the leg of mountain.
The villagers have retained their traditional lifestyle based around their main handicraft, traditional silk weaving, Phamoung, Hol, Krama and cotton clothes. Visitors walking the villager trail around that village will hear the sound of looms emerging from every house. Many kinds of their good weaving products are available for visitors to order or just buy it from these producer hands with a reasonable price.
Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center- becoming a home for animals confiscated from traffickers or saved from poachers’ traps, it feels like a zoo crossed with a safari park and is the perfect place to discover more about the incredible variety of animals in Cambodia. Visiting there is a kind of doing some good deeds for these animals and to help in the protection and survival of Cambodia’s varied and wonderful wildlife. Phnom Tamao is now set to become one of the region’s best-run animal sanctuaries in the coming years.
Tonle Bati- it is the collective name for a pair of old Angkorian-era temples and a popular lakeside picnic area where we will explore Ta Prohm Temple built by King Jayavarman VII (AD 1181-1220) and constructed of brick and laterite. The main sanctuary of Ta Prohm Temple consists of five chambers in each is a linga and that ruined temple is surrounded by colorful flowers and plants. Another temple named Yeay Peau is 150m north of Ta Prohm in the grounds of a modern pagoda. The legend of Yeay Peau Temple is related to Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei in Kampong Cham province. About 300m northwest of Ta Prohm, a long and narrow peninsula juts into Tonle Bati. The views with breezes across the lake are pretty inviting.