Thursday, November 5, 2009

Prior Occupation

Cambodia’s better known national park, Kirirom, contains a number of smaller falls situated around the mountain top. Getting here is quite straight forward. From Traeng Trayeung (75 km from Phnom Penh in Kampong Speu province) veer off to the west of the main national highway between Sihanoukville and Phnom Penh. Keep going along this pot-holed tarmac road. After paying the entrance fee, the road will start it’s ascent to Kirirom proper, a high plateau (> 675m) with pine trees and a crisper air.

Visited in 2006 on a February week day, the area was eerily quiet. However there are a few no name waterfall sites on top which seem to cater to non-existent armies who are dedicated to leaving behind their tell-tale signs of prior occupation. Stalls are all over the place and must open up for bizniz in the weekend when I would say the place is to be avoided.

There is a resort located near the entrance of Kirirom National Park (Hillside resort) as well as the community based eco-tourism site of Chambok.

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